Maintenance of patents is the payment of fees to maintain the right in force.

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Buying out an abandoned patent

We had an idea that has already been patented but not produced. The maintenance fees have lapsed. Are we able to buyout the patent? Or does the current patent holder have the opportunity to become ...
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Paying foreign renewal fees

I am new attorney and I have been asked to pay renewal fees for 1 patent. The countries are Germany and France. Can someone direct me to instructions on how to pay these renewal fees? The paralegal ...
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Has us6072466 expired due to non-payment?

I have checked uspto.gov and looking up the paying of the maintenance fees gives No fees paid for selected year - MF Stmt unavailable Which I am not sure is an error or whether it means the ...
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Is an expired patent in the public domain?

From what I've been reading about US patents, once a patent has expired, it enters the public domain and can be freely used. The patent I was looking at was filed on 1/1999 and published in 10/2000. ...
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Prior Art for Method And System For Improved Network Maintence Scheduling

Application # 20120173688 Primary Filing Category-Telecommunications-455 The system is designed to coordinate planned maintenance on a network in order to prevent collisions and duplicated work ...
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Patent Application 20120173688

What's novel about Patent Application US 20120173688 ? Is there prior art?