- What is the structure of a CIP? Does it contain all of the sections (Background, Summary, Detailed Description, Drawings, and Claims) that are normally included in a non-provisional patent application?
Should the claims start-off with a dependent claim - dependent of the master claim of the parent application?
Should the terminology of the CIP application be consistent be consistent with that of the parent application?
Structure is the same as a normal patent application, but with a different first sentence (i.e., "This application is a continuation in part of U.S. Application No. XX/YYY,ZZZ filed MM/DD/YYYY, which is [insert status].")
Start with an independent claim
Terminology should be consistent with the parent, to the extent possible.
Good luck (to you, and your client).