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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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Does prior art need to cover all claims in a patent application in order to invalidate it?

If there are several Claims in a patent application, can prior art for one of them invalidate the entire patent application since all the other claims are dependent claims? Or does that just mean the ...
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Apple designs were not the first. So why grant them patents?

Why did the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office), grant Apple the "Wedge" design when in fact it was first created by Sony's X505 product? Clearly this Sony X505 laptop with its wedge design dates ...
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What is the relationship between US20080195499 and Bitcoin?

In reference to the patent application: US20080195499 We found a patent that seems to cover sending and receiving funds via Bitcoin. I'm curious of how this might affect Bitcoin and existing ...
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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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How do I verify that a patent pending claim is real?

Someone created an application that does something resembling an application I'm working on. He claims that his application has a pending patent, but does not mention the patent application number. ...
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How can I find the claims of US 918,884, which are not listed on Google Patents?

In reference to patent US 918,884, where can I go to find the claims of this patent? Google Patents appears to have a recursive link for where to find them.
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Large System = “miraculous unproven device” + Subsystem1 + SubSystem2 ?= PATENT?

If a patent has been issued for a system of the sort defined in the title of this post (a larger system with one, unproven general device) am I precluded from developing a similar system in which I ...
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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 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 ...
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Software Patents: Claiming as a METHOD vs as a SYSTEM?

Software patents could be described in claims as methods or as systems. One cannot claim damages for infringement of METHODS until the method is used (e.g. when the software is run). But, one can ...
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What constitues/definition of an inventor. Does it simply boil down to claims in a patent?

I have had a business partner for twenty years. We came together in my Business that he used as the birth of the IP in question. Listing himself on publications founder/owner with the exclusion of not ...
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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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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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Why is claim 2 required in this example?

In US 7,704,933 B2, claims 1 and 2 are 1. A compound of formula (II): wherein the dotted line represents a single or double bond and one R2 is a hydrogen atom and the other is a ...
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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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Which patent claims did George Selden believe Henry Ford violated?

I'm trying to find information for a report analyzing the Ford Vs. Selden case at the turn of the 20th century. I can find a lot of brief case summaries, but I cannot find anything that specifies what ...
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Does my product infringe on claim 1 of EP 2342386 A1?

I am producing a rainwater collection system and am not sure if the current system infringes on Nigel O'driscoll's Rainwater harvesting system (EP 2342386 A1), which is listed as follows: A ...
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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 ...
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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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Can I include a “method and apparatus claim” for a patent filed in the UK?

Can I include a "method and apparatus claim" for a patent filed in the UK? I'm developing a system that uses augmented reality in novel ways. All the patent prior art that I can find involves method ...
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Combinations of independent options creating exponentially numerous claims

I'm writing a provisional patent which has many variations. Several of the properties that make up a number of dependant claims are independent of one another. If I do one claim for every combination ...
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I have a problem about the US Patent Examiner's requirement for the use of “a” rather than “the” in three of my claims

I am in the process of prosecuting a U.S. Patent application and have a concern regarding the way the examiner wants to change the wording of three of my claims. The examiner states that the claims ...
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Finding prior art rejects an independent claim

Suppose I find a patent (A1) with claims 1, 2 and 3. Claim 2 is dependent from claim 1. If I find a prior reference that rejects claim 1. What happens with claim 2? Is still valid? Should they ...
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A patent with both apparatus (i.e. system) and method?

I read a while back that one's goal should be a patent that is a method, a system and a means (I don't quite know what a means is). Is this actually a good goal? I also read that all the steps of a ...
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Can I preclude the exercise of another patentee's system patent by defining a (PRACTICALLY necessary) improvement to an element of that system

A patent exists for a broad system of interacting large, and independently complex, elements. However, at least one of the complex elements is described/claimed in the patent in a very cursory and ...
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What exactly is the patent on?

In reference to the patent: USD433631 Is the patent on the idea of a label that rips in the middle of the jar? Is there any way to find out more information about this patent?
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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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What is a CRM (Computer Readable Medium) claim?

(ref: this question, George White's answer) I'm writing a software patent that includes a system and a method claim. I've heard of something called a CRM (Computer Readable Medium) claim, but am ...
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Using multiple dependent claims of multiple dependent claims of multiple dependent claims

I'm filing a patent application in the UK covering 10 or so linked inventions spanning various industries. I plan to use multiple dependent claims to link the various inventions. I believe the number ...
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Are such broad claims as in US 2014/0019309 potentially granted?

In reference to the patent: US 2014/0019309. Claim 5. The method of providing individuals a first means to shop and purchase items. Is it possible to patent such a broad claim in 2012?
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How strict are patent claims?

If there were a patent US1111111, which read: US1111111: A "thing" for doing something. The invention claimed is: A "thing". A "thing" of claim 1, which uses a "thing ...
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Reply to office action scope

If you reply to office action does the same rules apply as in normal amendments? That is: That is you may not amend beyond the scope of the original body of the specification. You may not amend ...
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Who owns the rights to plastic spoons now? (US D234017 S)

In reference to the patent: USD234017 Who owns the rights to plastic spoons now? Their patent was only to last 14 years
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role of “processor” in software method claims

I am wondering if I should explicitly refer to processor in software method claims, like "...comprising executing on a processor the steps of..." or it is enough to say "computer-implemented method" ...
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Software Patents after Alice decision

There are a lot of discussions about Software Patents in the Post-Alice environment. People suggested that it introduces great uncertainty in what could be claimed, if anything. I found a USPTO ...
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How is this inventive over Zagon application?

In reference to the patent: US20100273821 The pharmacological effects on each of the opioid receptors is different and the potency of available opioid agents at each of these receptors and indeed ...
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Is a patent enforceable based on a claim that is dependent on an independent claim that is not enforceable?

I would like to ask about the status of a patent if an independent claim is found to have been anticipated by a previous patent but a claim that is dependent on it has not. For example, what would ...
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New invention covered by claim of other invention

Suppose a patent application is filed, claiming a method+device that solves some problem. In the patent text it is written that the method can solve A & B, but it explicitly mentions that it ...
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Best way to remove component in dependent claim

I read a guide that removing component from claim is not allowed, e.g. consider these claims: 1/ A table comprising: A screen A touch panel panel attached to the screen 2/ The table of claim 1, ...
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Deceased father's patent

My deceased father was the inventor of the patent number US3601948 A. I want to know who is the rightful owner of this patent since he has past?
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Similar Patents, Sweeping Claims

I have an Idea/Potential Patent, but someone else has a similar patent out. Our inventions are substantially different in design. One of their claims is very very general and seems to exclude an ...
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Can PCT application based on US provisional patent without claim?

AFAIK, US provisional patent is valid for later use even without any claim, but I heard that some countries require patent having claims. So does PCT application accepts US provisional patent without ...
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How can I claim a feature that was disclosed in the specification of an issued patent?

A patent application that I filed in July 2010 was issued as a patent in August 2013. There is a feature that was disclosed in the specification and not claimed in the issued patent. How can I claim ...
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How to claim interlocking elements or means

I am writing claims for a patent application for an invention that includes a person, an office, and a vehicle. The person and the office communicate; the office and the vehicle communicate; the ...
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US 4396600 Adult schistosome worm-derived antigenic substance and method of obtaining same

I would like to know how is the status of patent number US 4396600? I read that this patent was reexamined in 1986 and I wonder why this patent was canceled since I didn't see any justification ...
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How detailed can be independent claims in a PCT utility application?

I am currently writing claims for a PCT utility application. It appears my independent claim is rather lengthy and can be broken down into many dependent claims, but that is not what I am after. My ...
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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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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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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 ...