Broad Claim Law and Legal Definition

A broad claim refers to a statement in a patent that describes general variations of the invention. Broad claims are also written descriptions of how to make and use an invention. A broad claim must be interpreted with respect to the definitions provided in the specification of a patent.

A broad claim describes the inventive concept and also details the number of implementations or embodiments of the inventive concept. Broad claims consist of technical terms, the extent of the protection conferred by a patent, or the protection sought in a patent application. Patent examiners are generally reluctant to allow broad claims and thus patenting broad claims can be expensive during the patent procurement process. There may be multiple back and forth communications between the patent examiners and patent attorneys with respect to accepting broad claims.