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  • adj. Awkwardly expressed but not necessarily untrue; impolitic; ill-phrased; inexpedient; clumsy.


in- +‎ artful. (Wiktionary)



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  • A rather inartful word. ;-)

    April 28, 2008

  • This is used by lawyers, especially those who deal with patents. In the US patent system, a construct used is the notion of a "person having ordinary skill in the art," such a person having different knowledge and skills according to the art at issue. Thus, the notion of "inartful."

    It might refer to an amendment to a pending patent application that, due to unskillfulness, prejudices the application, ie, needlessly narrows the scope of the claims.

    April 27, 2008