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OK, Claims looks good.
(1) the word "DISTINCTIVE" (all places) is almost surely not necessary, and if not, should not be used - just eliminate the word.
(2) I would change "FIRST DISTINCTIVE SIGN" to "FIRST PRIORITY SIGN" or just "PRIORITY SIGN" if FIRST is not needed.
(3) claiming a step that does nothing seems unnecessary.
holding the event count of each sensor unchanged if said FIRST DISTINCTIVE SIGN is not displayed on said display apparatus at the time when said FIRST DISTINCTIVE VISUAL SIGNAL was displayed on said display apparatus;
Seems like this step can just be eliminated.
(4) floating boats ?
or floating boat (I am thinking this should be singular)
Thus, I would suggest:
A method of counting events from two sensors during a floating boat detection process when said sensors generate events simultaneously, the method comprising the steps of:
using an electric apparatus to detect when said sensors generated events simultaneously;
using one event counter for each sensor;
using a display apparatus to display [specific] signs used during said floating boat detection process and to display said event counters;
[Note: probably do not need "specific"]
using a FIRST VISUAL SIGNAL to indicate on said display apparatus when simultaneous events are detected by said electric apparatus;
using a FIRST PRIORITY SIGN to indicate visually that one sensor has priority;
checking if said FIRST PRIORITY SIGN is displayed on said display apparatus at the time when said FIRST VISUAL SIGNAL was displayed on said display apparatus;
assigning priority to one of the sensors by displaying said FIRST PRIORITY SIGN on said display apparatus in the display area corresponding to the sensor which receives priority, if said FIRST PRIORITY SIGN is not displayed on said display apparatus at the time when said FIRST VISUAL SIGNAL was displayed on said display apparatus;
incrementing said event counter for the sensor which had said FIRST PRIORITY SIGN displayed in its corresponding display area of said display apparatus at the time when said FIRST VISUAL SIGNAL was displayed on said display apparatus; and
removing said FIRST PRIORITY SIGN from said display apparatus after any event counter is incremented.
use of word "any" is risky
now, if I wanted to design around this claim, I would simply have a extra event counter for something unnecessary and when I incremented the unnecessary counter I would not remove the priority sign.
Therefore, I would consider changing the last step.
"removing said FIRST PRIORITY SIGN from said display apparatus after said event counter is incremented."
The claim looks very good based on what little I know about the subject matter.
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