Here is an example of a broad claim claim 1 found in a patent for a collapsible tent frame. I am not trying to encourage people to do it themselves, but experience teaches that there will always be some inventors who will do it themselves out of necessity or otherwise.
For example, if the method starts with a step of cleaning a workpiece, is that really needed? Then go through your list and identify only those steps that are absolutely required to deliver on the promise of a cake at the end.
Pro Se October 11, pm I am a Pro Se inventor and I totally agree with Gene, and I will warn do-it-your-sellers: I had to learn the hard way and lost rights that cost me a decent living worth of money… Thereafter, I learned that even though I feel more comfortable with managing my cases through the PTO, I do it with a team of patent attorneys I pay to consult every move.
Is there anything novel which is described in the specification, but not claimed in the claims?
Another very popular type of process is a business method. Those are the steps you must have in your broadest independent claim, with all other steps being fodder for dependent claims. Inventing, patenting and making money by commercializing does not come cheap, and if you have few resources you might be better off building your savings so you can appropriately pursue your inventions in the future.
Note that there have been some cases which still found infringement for multi-actor method claims, but these have usually been in unusual cases where one of the actors was controlled by the other perhaps a central control computer and a remote client computer executing instructions sent by the central computer or was effectively the same party say, two different computers but both owned and operated by the same company, who was the party being sued.
Look for that in another article in the future.