## Tide TIPS: Volume 1

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ANSWER: (D) is correct. “Inherent components of elements recited have antecedent basis in the recitation of the components themselves.” MPEP § 2173.05(e). The MPEP provides an analogous example: “the limitation ’the outer surface of said sphere’ would not require an antecedent recitation that the sphere have an outer surface.” Id. (A), (B), (C), and (E) are all examples of things which inherently have the claimed characteristic and do not have an antecedent basis problem; that is, all circles have a center, all ellipses have a major diameter, all spheres have an outer surface, and all rectangles have an area, and these characteristics need not be provided with express antecedent basis. The ellipse example is from Bose Corp. v. JBL Inc.,61 USPQ2d 1216, 1219 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (“There can be no dispute that mathematically an inherent characteristic of an ellipse is a major diameter.”). The lever recited in (D) is not an inherent component of a machine and therefore requires express antecedent basis.

#### Topic 2

ANSWER: (D) is correct. “Inherent components of elements recited have antecedent basis in the recitation of the components themselves.” MPEP § 2173.05(e). The MPEP provides an analogous example: “the limitation ’the outer surface of said sphere’ would not require an antecedent recitation that the sphere have an outer surface.” Id. (A), (B), (C), and (E) are all examples of things which inherently have the claimed characteristic and do not have an antecedent basis problem; that is, all circles have a center, all ellipses have a major diameter, all spheres have an outer surface, and all rectangles have an area, and these characteristics need not be provided with express antecedent basis. The ellipse example is from Bose Corp. v. JBL Inc.,61 USPQ2d 1216, 1219 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (“There can be no dispute that mathematically an inherent characteristic of an ellipse is a major diameter.”). The lever recited in (D) is not an inherent component of a machine and therefore requires express antecedent basis.

#### Topic 3

ANSWER: (D) is correct. “Inherent components of elements recited have antecedent basis in the recitation of the components themselves.” MPEP § 2173.05(e). The MPEP provides an analogous example: “the limitation ’the outer surface of said sphere’ would not require an antecedent recitation that the sphere have an outer surface.” Id. (A), (B), (C), and (E) are all examples of things which inherently have the claimed characteristic and do not have an antecedent basis problem; that is, all circles have a center, all ellipses have a major diameter, all spheres have an outer surface, and all rectangles have an area, and these characteristics need not be provided with express antecedent basis. The ellipse example is from Bose Corp. v. JBL Inc.,61 USPQ2d 1216, 1219 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (“There can be no dispute that mathematically an inherent characteristic of an ellipse is a major diameter.”). The lever recited in (D) is not an inherent component of a machine and therefore requires express antecedent basis.

#### Topic 4

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