[Ads-l] "... you must to have at least one."

Tue Mar 10 17:57:51 UTC 2015

It could be someone who works with reading or writing patent claims.

When you design anything that has arrays of things or holes in things, such as connectors, speaker grilles, combs, or bolt patterns, you will often encounter in the claims " ... a [something] having a plurality of [features] where in at least one [feature] includes something else unique and special] ..."

You go from there to explaining a situation in which one is obliged to set up some prior condition [j,] in order to have "at least one" of said features. So you might end up wondering 'do we have to (do [j]?)' and in answer, "You must (do [j], in order) to have at least one (of said features.)" 


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Hause" <dwhause at CABLEMO.NET>

This sounds, to me, more like a formation of a native speaker of a language 
in which an auxiliary verb takes the infinitive.

Dave Hause, dwhause at cablemo.net
Waynesville, MO

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Subject: "... you must to have at least one."

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