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Would a patent help? [migrated]

I am an undergrad engineering student yet to obtain a degree. I had developed a device which has been done before, but I devised my own method and algorithms to build it. Now, a very recognized ...
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Good patent books for startups and inventors?

Does anyone have a suggestion for good books or other resources on patents for startups and inventors? It seems like most things are “do it yourself” guides or texts for attorneys that don’t have the ...
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Does “Reasons for Allowance” in transaction history description of PAIR point to a probable patent grant in the near future?

Following are the recent transaction descriptions of a patent application with US PTO with filing date Dec-27-2013 retrieved using PAIR. 01-02-2016 Document Verification 12-22-2015 **Reasons for ...
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Preparing to file a patent application

This is a multiple part question. Besides patenting what steps should one take to protect an idea? Besides pictures, and documents with dates. If the idea of a product is what makes it new, does ...
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Patent Application already exists for my idea, but not granted for six years

Basically, I had an idea for a product that I was not intending on patenting, but merely to sell on a small scale and see how it did. However, after a bit of research I found that someone had already ...
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Do I need to sign power of attorney to respond to office action?

We filed a patent. It was approved but then the office action was double patenting. To respond to this office action do I need to sign power of attorney? Is there data base for for patent lawyer ...
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Can I share my patent with my professor?

I'm working on an invention, and currently stuck on a problem, I know the solution to, but don't know how to build it, and I'm asking a professor at my university for help. If he helped me, does he ...
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Filing dates utility provisional application versus follow up design patent application

I filed a utility provisional patent application less than 1 year ago. If within 1 year of the utility prov appl filing date I also file design patent application(s) for the same idea, will the ...
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Requirements of Submitting Art In Computer Method Patents

This question is primarily directed at the required art of a computerized method patent. Say I am not a code writing software engineer but come up with a method or system of operation on computerized ...
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Employee inventions not yet patented by legal assignee; possible to patent?

If inventions or ideas were created while employed at a company that uses the "standard" policy of having all inventions created by an employee assigned to the company, and the company has not ...
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Violation of trademark/Patent?

In my National and PCT International, patent specification I have included an apparatus called Annular finned-tube heat exchanger, which is new in design. This heat exchanger is ring/annular like in ...
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Lost a digital copy of patent specification

I filed the National phase application on 29th Oct 2014 and PCT application on 14th Oct 2015. I lost a flash drive which contained the soft-copy of patent specification (everything related to the ...
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is model is working or demonstrative only? [closed]

In reference to the patent: US20040130227 Is the model working model or for demonstration model only?
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Choosing a patent lawyer

I am wondering how picking a big firm vs. small law office could affect the outcome. On one hand a big firm has more resources but I guess they are more interested in corporate clients with deep ...
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Patent pending/product on shelves? [closed]

In reference to the patent: US8205376 Was this product patented and produced? I'd like to purchase it.
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How to Patent gaming idea in india

I have an Idea of a game on my mind but have no idea how to design it. Here I want to know how to patent my gaming idea in india and protect it.
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Is this an approved patent?

In reference to the patent: WO2008150815A2
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Patent Verification

Do publication of patent means 'Patent claims' are verified by US Government? If a company is sending me the published patent of the technology, can I trust the genuinity of the technology?
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Write a patent without giving too much away

I would like to acquire a patent for a software algorithm, but I don't want to provide too much detail, for fear that anyone could look it up, and copy the steps that I've outlined.
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Get the same patent in multiple countries

Say I am an inventor and want to maximize the protection of my invention, so I want to patent the same thing (invention) in as many countries as possible (or at least in the biggest markets like US, ...
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How to handle uncooperative examiner

As a pro se inventor, my examiner seems to be taking advantage of my supposed ignorance. He understands neither my invention, his own references, nor the law. To my first amendment, he flagged up ...
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How to apply for a patent in the US/EU?

How to apply for a utility patent for an invention in US? What is the procedure of this process? What are any other important details? Can a US base technology patent be extend to EU? ...
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Patent Share between Stakeholders

I will make a patent application. There will be names of two persons in the patent file. We want to share patent right not equally but 80% - 20%. How can that be possible? How can we specify this in ...
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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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Same goal but different ingredients and different way of using it

In reference to the patent: EP2536392A2 I did not even know this had a patent until I searched for it. Have a Similar product but the way to use the product is different. It is in a cream format with ...
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What is the process for filing a continuation-in-part?

I need someone to provide me with a detailed explanation for the process for filing a continuation in part within one year of originally filing for a patent. I know you pay the same fees as you did ...
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Will the GPLv3 prevent me to get a new patent?

I wrote some DSP stack and would like to share it. I am thinking of licensing the stack under GPLv3 because I like the license (except the patents clause). I do not own any patents yet. However, since ...
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Is modifying number or merging patents considered adding new element?

I write some provisional patents and I plan to merge them into a single patent application. I need to renumber the figures, merging paragraphs... but not adding any new element. But will it be ...
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What happens after a provisional patent expires?

I was thinking about applying for a provisional patent and seeking funding for to build my prototyped design on a larger scale. Should funding fall through or there's not much of a market interest, ...
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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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Are “Patent application” valid patents?

Please confirm if I do read this correctly. You can fill a patent for a product design and get this granted or not. When the patent is granted you can find that back on Lens.org with the notification ...
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Solabegron and antimuscarinic patent?

In reference to the patent: EP2600859A1 Has this patent been granted? Does it mean that 1. all combination therapy consisting of beta-3 agonists in combination with muscarinic agonists have been ...
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Where can I find a historical copy of an application?

In reference to the patent: US20050025364 I used this patent application as a reference in my thesis report but now it is having different content. Where can I find the content that I saw before?
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Is this a plagiarizm?

In reference to the patent: US8950400 This looks like a plagiarized DE20213420 U1 (?) that could be found here: http://www.google.com/patents/DE20213420U1?cl=en The principle to use the venturi ...
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Reference Error [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US20060279423 Google has a reference error to: US7688544. Who can fix this erroneous reference?
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Color and shading in patent application?

It seems USPTO allows shading but, for example, the Chinese's counterpart doesn't. So what is the best way to do drawing internationally? I.e. if the application with shaded drawing is filed in the ...
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Citing art in body of application?

What factors should an inventor consider when deciding whether or not to include references to other art in the background section of their patent application? It no longer seems to be a common ...
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Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination

What does "Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination" mean? My utility patent application has been given this status. What does that mean and what should I expect next?
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Do I have to reference a patent application if the patent is already granted?

Do I have to reference a patent application in my patent if the patent has already been granted? Do I have to reference both the application number and the patent number? Example: A patent ...
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US38119 Patent Title

I would like to know where the title "improvement in drill-bit" came from in US38119, the applicant or the USPTO. Nowhere in the text does the applicant refer to the device as a drill-bit.
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I am interested in an abandoned patent application

I have a very similar product to a product that was disclosed in an abandoned patent application. Can I improve and add new changes to that application thereby providing new claims to the patent ...
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Chaining unrelated inventions

I asked this question and it seems there divisional applications can have the same detailed description. I know that before the patent is issued, I can file another application claim priority date of ...
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Do divisional applications have the same detailed description?

I read some patents, it seems they were divided from a single application as the detailed descriptions are the same. The question is, when an application is divided into multiple applications ...
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Possible to include information in patent application refuting similar patents ahead of time?

The title is mostly self explanatory, but I have never been through the patent process before. I have a specific concept for a piece of software that fits the criteria of someone else being able to ...
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Patent status of hazard pointers: us20040107227

I discovered recently that the hazard pointer technique has a patent application if not an actual patent assigned to it. Can I get clarification on this? Also, would like some indication on whether ...
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Tips on how to get software patent application approved

What are some tips to get software patent application approved by USPO? I'm responsible for the software development at a startup, and to protect our Intellectual Property I need to submit multiple ...
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How can the challenge date of an application be extended?

The challenge on Microsoft's patent US 20130063492 states: Availability for Challenge: Open Until at least Sept 14, 2013 How is the "available for challenge" date obtained? What steps must we ...
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Sad! Help! Canadian and intl patent application-in-process beat me to it

I had an idea for an invention. I found nothing similar on uspto.gov. Then I discovered Google Patents. I immediately found that someone from Canada is filing a patent for the same invention on the ...
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Is Patent 13/284,678 Granted? Patent granted for Flipboard flipping?

Hi can i ask if this patent is granted? I see a publication date, but not sure if it was granted. Am thinking for a flipping metaphor similar to Flipboard