904.01 Analysis of Claims [R-08.2012]
The breadth of the claims in the application should always be carefully noted; that is, the examiner should be fully aware of what the claims do not call for, as well as what they do require. During patent examination and reexamination, the claims are given the broadest reasonable interpretation consistent with the specification. See In re Morris, 127 F.3d 1048, 44 USPQ2d 1023 (Fed. Cir. 1997) and In re NTP Inc., 654 F3d 1279, 99 USPQ 1481 (Fed. Cir. 2011). See MPEP § 2111 – § 2116.01 for case law pertinent to claim analysis.