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How to calculate Page numbers for sequence listing Indian Patent

I found it quite ambiguous, I want to file a patent application with sequence in Indian patent office. Office requires to give it in electronic format. In actual Fees of patent filing is calculated ...
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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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PPA validity questions

I am considering filing a 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 the time of filing) immediately ...
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EFS-Web: do I have the right forms?

Last year, I submitted a provisional utility application with one other person. We're now trying to file the non-provisional through EFS-Web as an unregistered eFiler, but I'm a little confused about ...
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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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What is best practice for filing a provisional?

What is the recommended method / practice when it comes to filing a provisional patent? How specific does the provisional have to be? Should I file separate provisionals for technology and business ...
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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

Ok, 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 ...
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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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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 therefor 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 ...
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Headings and subheadings in detailed description

I'm writing the detailed description of a computer implemented system that involves a lot of steps that I describe using flowcharts at various levels of abstraction. If I was writing the documentation ...
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How detailed should a provisional patent application be? (Software)

I am considering filing for a provisional patent which deals with mobile and web technologies. Now this is a method to do something. But how detailed do I go? Right now, I have something working in ...
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How best to patent idea while working for company?

I have an idea I would like to patent. I have not started working on the idea yet (and I'll swear to that in court). How best to keep my job without losing my intellectual property rights? The idea ...
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acronym for the title of an invention. is it wise?

During patent drafting, do you think it is wise to make an acronym for the invention and use that in the description of the invention? I titled my invention with three words and the word “system” at ...
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Is it helpful to use “invention submission companies” to ensure the securing of a patent?

Is it helpful to use "invention submission companies" to ensure the securing of a patent? What other services might they provide?
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Where can I find best practices or guides for patent/SOTA research?

I work as an engineer (not software) and occasionally I have ideas that might make sense to follow through and maybe arive at some sort of invention. The first step would be, of course, to look up if ...
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Patent Without an Attorney, What are the Risks?

I'm working on a prototype for my invention. My situation is that I can't afford a patent attorney at the moment. So my plan is to file a specification for the invention myself, no claims yet. Then ...
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Approximately how long does it take between Filing date - Issue date in USA?

There is only 6 months between filing date and issue date of us7445677 patent. Am I missing something?
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US non-provisional application for a non-resident

I submitted a provisional patent application from a foreign country to USPTO a few months ago. I researched and determined that my idea is worth a proper patent application (I made it public). Is that ...
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The PDF of this document has cut off several lines of text / readability issues

For patent us20040167786: this specific patent's PDF is in "landscape" format, but it appears to have been perhaps written in the usual "portrait" mode. The reason that this is noteworthy is that I ...
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Does filing a patent protect you abroad?

I want to file a utility patent, I've read that by filing it in my country I will only be able to enforce it inside the national limits. However will other entities outside my country be able to ...
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What is a request for continued examination?

I have received a final office action with a rejection. My patent attorney advised going for an RCE (request for continued examination). How does it work? and how many RCE can one request?
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Confidentiality of revised diagrams in a provisional application

If I file a revision to a provisional patent (some diagrams are not detailed enough), would the original diagrams be automatically destroyed / kept secret, or will they still show?