Claims [Patent] Law and Legal Definition

In the U.S. Patents law, claims refer to the monopoly rights that the applicant is trying to obtain for the invention. The claims become the actual monopoly that is given when the patent is granted. A claim consists of a specification along with one or more claims. Each claim defines a claimed invention by its periphery. A valid claim is one which reads on the invention that is explained in the specification; however, it does not read on any prior art.