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If a patent refers to the use of a “strap”, can I use a “chain” instead and not be in violation of the patent?

A patent claim states a "strap used to suspend the motor". Can I use a chain to suspend the motor and not be in violation of the patent. I looked up the definition of a strap and from what I can tell ...
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Claims interpretation for US7174229

In reference to the patent: US7174229 What is a simple-terms explanation of the claims from this patent? The first claim (from Google Patents) is: Apparatus for generating a delayed output ...
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Definitions in dependent claims

I need to use certain terms repeatedly in my dependent claims, but do not need the same terms in my independent claims. I could define the terms in each dependent claim, but that would be prolix. I ...
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Mobile Payment patent: Why is the last step of Claim 1 there? It seems to contradict the second to last step of Claim 1

In this mobile payment patent: http://www.google.com/patents/US8639619, the last 2 steps of claim 1 are: providing the token and the payment amount to the payment-processing entity, via the ...
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Understanding divided infringement in method claims

This question might be too detailed for this site, but I will give it a shot... This question relates to divided infringement and when a method claim will have multiple actors. Consider the ...
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US vs Indian Patent System differences

We may be filing for a patent in India, and while our attorneys will be doing the heavy lifting, I was just curious about what major differences there are in the patent system between there and the ...
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Can I use a swipe pattern for my app?

In reference to the patent: US20110283241 I know that the android phones use the swipe pattern as does my capital one bank app, and I see that google won a patent for it in some incarnation. Does ...
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Is this idea related to draftings from the collaboration with Livewell Collaborative Singapore?

Does this idea have anything to do with a design initially submitted to Vicki Ann Curtis by a group of students from Singapore Polytechnic? In reference to the patent: US20140250792
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Has this patent been approved?

In reference to the patent: US20020043764 Has this patent application been reviewed and registered? I cannot find that information. The assignee is stating it has been, but I have yet to see it.
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Has a prototype been built to demonstrate the claims made by WO 2001053721 A1?

The publication number of the patent in question is WO2001053721 A1. Simply put, has a thruster been built and do the claims in the patent represent reality?
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architecture coverage driven test generation

In reference to the patent: US 2008/0255822 A1 Does this patent mean that no-one can do another architecture coverage driven test generator for ARM cores? This patent is quite generic and I believe ...
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Is this patent just for the collar of the cane in 5 horizontal lines or for any crystals

In reference to the patent: USD679492 Is this patent just for the collar of the cane in 5 horizontal lines or for any crystals applied to any cane in any design ?
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Patent US 9,200,185 B2 vs. US 8,865,824 B2

In reference to the patent: US 8,865,824 B2 How is this invention different than US 9,200,185 B2?
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I don't see any graphics

In reference to the patent: CA2311951C I cannot see an image and cannot follow the claims without an image.
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“Further” usage in chained claims and in non-chained claims

I have a logic block that has 3 logic circuits: a first logic circuit, a second logic circuit and a third logic circuit. When all three circuit claims are chained, I have: (..), as in claim 1, ...
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Dependent claim arrangement

It is assumed that a device comprises 4 logic circuits with following relationships using arrows representing input and output signals. A first logic circuit --> a second logic circuit --> a third ...
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Starting a company using this patent

In reference to the patent: WO2003023674A1 The mobile application that I am working on uses QR codes to store personal credit card information, and I'd like to know whether this would make me unable ...
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Does a product infringe on a patent if it requires the use of the patented product to function?

Background: Let's look at a simplified example. Patent Claim #1: "A system for 'some function X' comprising: a sending device... a receiving device..." Question: If a new product provides the ...
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Should I use math notation in a patent application in light of Alice decision.

I use some math notation in my software/method patent application to make the description precise. I am not claiming any mathematical operations. Could it be that just the usage of math notations ...
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Which countries require a claim for using a PPA as priority date?

The book Patent It Yourself states: I recommend that your PPA contain at least one claim (to) prevent any challenge to your PPA by foreign patent offices for failure to claim the invention as of ...
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“Package delivery notification system and method” claims

This is obvious to anyone who has ever waited for a package to be delivered to their house. What does this patent actually claim, and what makes it novel from the systems we all use? In reference to ...
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Can someone explain the term “commonly owned”?

As seen in a patent application, can someone please explain to a layperson what this term means? "All claims of the present invention application are commonly owned." I am having a heck of a time ...
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Claims: When to use “wherein”? Should I always use “further comprising”?

I'm under the impression that being too specific is a bad idea in dependent claims. But is there a case when I really have to be, and therefore cannot use "further comprising" but rather I must use ...
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Would I be violating the patent if I produced a similar product with completely different methods and had different intentions for product?

In reference to the patent: US7123424 I would like to make a similar product, but I do not know if I am violating their patent. It is very broad and obviously trying to protect it from being ...
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If a dependent claim only limits the independent claim, then is it still infringement when a product only differs from that dependent claim?

If a dependent claim only limits the independent claim, then is it still infringement when a product only differs from that dependent claim? For example: ~~~ (Independent claim:) 1. A device for ...
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Request for an explanation in easy words ( Speech activated security system)

In reference to the patent: US5668929 Can someone please explain this project in easy words, the wording used is highly complex, it would be so nice if somebody could give an explanation and kindly ...
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Why Large number of claims and figures are allowed and its Benefits?

In reference to the patent: US20120227389 How is it possible to apply and expect a grant with 353 claims and 545 figures? Why They are allowed? What are benefits? This person has granted patents ...
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This is the same thing as SleekEZ that is already on the market or not?

In reference to the patent: US20150047576 From this application's claims, What is claimed is: A grooming tool comprising: a blade; a solid wooden handle; wherein said blade is contained ...
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prior art proof

I filed a provisional application in 1994 . Then i sent a full description of my invention to an eminent professor in the field of that invention in USA, soon after filing the provisional application ...
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Urgent - My Patent Application received a Non-Final Rejection, Advice?

I have written a computer program which combines two patented ideas, but provides a new and much needed function, and service for that matter. Hence the big money corps stand to make from the use of ...
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What is the role of dependent claims?

I am very new to filing patents, What is the role of dependent claims? Couldn't I just have one claim with any details required? What is the difference in haveing one, two, or ten claims? When I ...
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What's the best approach to document a claim?

I'm wondering what the best way to match prior art to a claim you feel is invalid. I have found examples applicants use with the USPTO, so I would imagine using that same format to invalidate a claim ...
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Can I refer to a dependent claim, to a word that is in the claim that the dependent claim depends on?

For example: It is a system comprising X, Y, Z The system of claim 1, wherein X is W The system of claim 2, wherein Z is P connected to W In the claim 3, I need to refer to both Z (which is in the ...
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What is a continuation patent?

I understand that a continuation patent builds upon an existing patent (or application) by the same inventor. However, I find some aspects to be murky and prone to misuse. Specific questions follow: ...
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An obvious prior art… mobile phone

Shouldn't an obvious prior art of this claim be any smart phone / mobile phone with video screen, speaker and a port which load images for display? What is claimed is: An electronic media ...
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Detailed description of a system to suit system and method claims

I'm writing the detailed description of a computer implemented system. I have explained what the system does, that's where the inventive subject matter is. I have explained an exemplary architecture ...
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Claims - When is it a good idea to let the Patent Examiner make one for you?

I heard you can request the examiner formulate one claim for you. When is this a good idea? If the goal of a patent is to merely document the existence of some novelty without trying to claim the ...
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Could I be sued by this side project because of Patent US5732138?

There used to be a website, lavarand.com that would generate random numbers via a camera aimed at a lava lamp. This idea was patented with US5732138, but the website has since been shut down. I think ...
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Is something that a user does, an step of a method

Can I write a claim as: A method for detecting X comprising the steps of: Entering Z by the user, Specifying the dimensions of Y by the user ...
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Can a claim be rejected if it lacks a clause that Prior Art includes?

Prior Art: A system which detects X and makes an alarm Claim: A system which detects X
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Should I mention the right position for acquisition of images in my patent

For an application of machine vision which should I claim: ... a camera to capture images from the surface of Y... vs. ... a camera to capture images from the surface of Y, located under the ...
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Use of “means plus function” language

This link advice against using "means plus function" Once upon a time, we patent attorneys liked "means plus function" language in claims because it seemed to allow us to claim all possible ...
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Do they regard the whole claims of my patent for detecting the patentability of others' application or only my independent claims?

Let's bring an example : Independent claim 1: It is an awesome equipment to detect X, dependent claim 2: the equipment of claim 1 detects X using a fork. If it was granted, would it mean ...
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Do they regard the whole claims to reject a patent based on Prior Art or only independent claims?

Let's bring an example (note I am naive in writing or understanding claims): Independent claim 1: It is an awesome equipment to detect X, dependent claim 2: the equipment of claim 1 detects X ...
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Can I broaden a patent while it is tested to work with specific conditions and environment?

Suppose that I am going to file a patent about defect detection of a specific equipment based on machine vision (even its technology belongs to X company) I implemented the system and it works for ...
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How to check the novelty in a patent?

When I read some patents, I often don't understand their novelty, especially with CIP and CP applications. Is it by checking backward citations and compare with present claims?
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US 2013/0206605 A1 too broad, little novelty

To include production of hydrocarbons in title of this application is over-reaching. Where is the disclosure to support its inclusion? Shouldn't there be a way to sanction those who pollute the ...
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Patent specification

In reference to the patent: US 2,738,257 Has the patent been granted for the complete method or for the compound mixture?
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What is the inventive step in CA2726258A1?

In reference to the patent: CA2726258A1, "Anti-tumoural effects of cannabinoid combinations". It looks like this patent application was actually a report done on a study about the efficacy of using ...
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Claims with reference to single dependent claims

I understand that one cannot claim with reference to a multiple dependent claims as set forth in MPEP 608.01(n) Dependent Claims[R-11.2013]. However, can one have claims with reference to a single ...