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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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Is this patent still valid/enforceable? If the owner of a patent has failed to pay their maintenance dues, will the filed patent reflect that?

In reference to the patent: US8276282 Is this patent still valid/enforceable? If the owner of a patent has failed to pay their maintenance dues, will the filed patent reflect that?
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Patent before beta release in India

Is it necessary to patent an idea or innovation before a beta version is released in India?
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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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The timing of filing design and utility patents on the same invention

I have a design patent set of documents ready to file and the question came up about filing a utility as well. We are working feverishly to submit everything before March 2016 (one year after public ...
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What happens if I don't pay the issue fee?

Does the patent become abandoned? If yes, can I revive it? Under what conditions? Is it any different if I didn't pay the maintenance fee? Do I get any protection from such a patent? Is the ...
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question about time periods for pre-exam processing

I have an invention that I'd like to pursue but there's a patent application for the exact same thing already in existence. However, it's been undergoing pre-exam processing since 2008. Is there any ...
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about filing and making of prototype

For a design patent (medical clothing item) is it better to file provisional patent first? then regular one? Also can we use other items out there to construct our product (as in pieces of it used ...
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How to remove a file attached in a USPTO EFS WEB application?

I added a file which was found to contain some PDF errors (missing font) and the EFS web site is asking me to remove the file and reattach a correct version. Alas, I can't find any "remove" button or ...
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File provisional patent application in India before getting published in a Journal

I want to patent an algorithm in India. I have done enough prior art and I am sure that no such algorithm exists till date. The problem is I have also written a research paper for the same and ...
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PCT Application

If a Provisional Application is filed in USPTO, let us say on June 01 2015 and before June 01 2016 a proper PCT Application (an International Provisional Application, this is also a provisional) is ...
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How and where to file USPTO Patent application?

What are the formats and ways to file US patent application and where to file? List of Documents required to file Patent application?
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Citation Explainination of Paragraph three under description

In reference to the patent: US20140267936 Applicant mention a citation :- Another approach is disclosed in copending U.S. application Ser. No. ______, (Docket SPC0936PA) filed on even date ...
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Patent filing via international PCT system

After filing US application how much time applicant should wait to file PCT application? What are the benefits of filing early or late?
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This is my Grandfather's patent

Bruce Percival Warburton is my Grandfather. My Grandmother knew of his invented drill bit but she did not know it was patented. How, out of interest, are these patents located - and now about 50 years ...
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Can a same provisional application be filed in two different countries?

My colleagues in China and I (in a US University) has filed provisional application (both names are in the applcation) to the US Patent Office. Can my colleauges in China file the a patent ...
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How are election restrictions answered? My lawyer wants $1000USD just to tell them to proceed with claims 15-20

After a 2.5 year wait the patent office has finally responded to my patent application with an election restriction. While writing the application with my lawyer, it was obvious from the beginning ...
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First country to file patent EP2376067

Which is the first country to file patent on DIRECTLY COMPRESSIBLE GRANULAR MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE BASED EXCIPIENT, MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND USE THEREOF ie. patent no. EP2376067 and whether the ...
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Provisional Patent Application validity questions

I am considering filing a Provisional Patent Application (PPA) on my own. If PPAs are never examined, is it correct to assume that I get a "patent pending" on whatever (since it is not published at ...
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what should be the major sections of a software patent application?

Anything else other than the list at the bottom? I have to do a lot of software patent applications for a hi-tech startup. Management wants 100 this year. For software patents of our embedded ...
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Registering a new patent

I want to know how to register a new patent and from where I can register my new patent? What will be the lifetime of a registered patent?
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Can I file test/ null provisional/ non provisional patent?

I will try to file a test patent, basically a null patent for familiarizing with the filing process without spending any money. Is there any legal issue with this?
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Old patents worth any value

http://patent.ipexl.com/inventor/scott_ernest_george_1.html I hold several original patents in their original leather covers belonging to earnest George Scott. This one is the patent for The ...
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NO PATENT ISSUED AFTER FILING NINE YEARS AGO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

There is no issue date on this patent. The application was filed in April of 2005, so how long can a person hold an idea that has yet to be patent? Can a person manufacture and sell an item that ...
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What to pay for an initial patent submission?

I am submitting a patent application to be filed. The USPTO asks to tick appropriate services Filing | Search | Exam Do I need to select and pay all of them at this stage OR for example Exam is ...
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Avoiding issues while changing the attorney?

I am not a US citizen. I filled an application in USPTO through an Attorney based in US. I do not have any intent to go further for examination,office action etc with this attorney, because I would ...
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Patent filing procedure without a patent attorney

This is the first time I'm thinking about filing a patent, and I don't know where to start. First of all I'm not from the USA but I want to file a patent with the USPTO without a patent attorney as I ...
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USPTO online filing fees

What is the fees for online filing of a patent application in USPTO, by an individual who is not a US citizen, assuming the patent is already filed in the native country?
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Patent filed under boss name

I had made 2 inventions and has done all paper works (write ups and drawings) required to file a patent. The patent was to be filed in my boss name as first author (though hes not the inventor) and me ...
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Forgot to check 'Request Not To Publish'

Well I finally filed my utility patent application - about 20 minutes ago, electronically - and now I am wondering if I forgot to check the box for non-publication by the PTO. Is there any way to ...
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Patent During Software Development - When is the best time?

My company is currently developing software and we are interested in pursuing a patent for it. My question is should I file patent it prior to completing the final version - we are about 1-2 months ...
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What is tricryption?

I'm reading though a patent that's part of a suit (I have a morbid curiosity at times). The patent is US 8402281, Data security system for a database. There's a sentence in the document that states: ...
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What is the average time for a utility patent to be approved?

What is the average length of time for a utility patent to be approved?
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Is a mathematical method an embodiment, or a ramification?

I am applying for a patent on a method to allocate transportation resources (e.g. trucks) among loads. Central to the patent is a (very simple) mathematical formula, into which I plug some variables ...
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Is it reasonable to write patent documents on your own?

Obviously all agents and lawyers will vote to work with them. How hard is it to write patent documents on your own?
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What is the total cost of a software patent and design in UK and USA?

What is the total cost of filing a software patent and/or design in UK and in USA? I mean, the fees for filing, the agency fees for writing the documents, etc. in total.
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Is it better for the inventor or the patent agent to sign for small/micro entity status?

According to 37 CFR 1.33b, correspondence relating to a patent application should be signed by either a patent practitioner or the inventor(s). Reading the section makes me think it is generally ...
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Patent agent fees

If a patent agent believed that my invention was both patentable & profitable, could I offer x% of my invention to a patent agent in return for the work the agent has to put in to secure the ...
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What is the most economical way to file a US patent

I have a product that I am confident will be granted a patent. I am also confident that it is worth patenting from a commercial point of view. Whilst being very different and not obvious, the product ...
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Provisional Patent Vs Full Patent - assignment to employer

The company I worked for, filed 2 provisionals for my invention - I was listed as the sole inventor, and I signed assignment forms. Those provisionals were converted to full patents, earlier this ...
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What kind of patent is this 'interlocking flexible rigid material'?

Apple recently filed an application in the US: 20130216740 INTERLOCKING FLEXIBLE SEGMENTS FORMED FROM A RIGID MATERIAL I am confused by the contrasting elements of the description, such as this ...
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Hash-based Load Balancing (Microsoft) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON BALANCING WEB TRAFFIC DISTRIBUTION - This patent from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of using multiple load balancers with a shared virtual IP address to distribute website ...
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Software patenting questions

I am a student and I don't have enough money (not even nearly enough) to file a patent. I strongly believe in my idea and therefore I would give and do anything in my power to secure this patent. I ...
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Should I publish my idea prior to releasing a product to prevent a competitor from filing a blocking patent?

I have an idea for a new product but I have not yet manufactured or commercialized it. I am concerned that another company could block me from selling my product by filing for a patent on my idea ...
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Should I build a mock up of the improvement I am looking to patent before filing?

I am looking to make an improvement on a product already in place. Is it crucial to build a mock up of what I am proposing? How specific do I need to be with my improvement idea? Do I need to include ...
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How to proceed with claims restriction/election

I've received a letter from USPTO telling that the patent application contains two distinct groups of claims: 1-13, and 14. The examiner marked all 14 claims as "restricted", and now I'm unsure how to ...
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Formal response after examiner's amendment

I've received a Notice of Allowance for claims contained in an examiner's amendment. The claims aren't exactly as I'd want them, but I feel my options are limited. I know I can file a continuation ...
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Stolen Idea Patented

I think I made a mistake about a month ago and disclosed an idea that I had to a colleague. I'm in the process of taking the idea to market, but it hasn't gone public yet. I wasn't planning on ...
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Word order consistency?

I have read that in patent drafting you have to be consistent with the terms you use. For example, if you refer to a “motor” in one place don't refer to it as “engine” in another place. What about ...
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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 ...