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My old patented invention appears to be patented again

In reference to the patent: US 8,384,613 What one has to do, if this patent is not new and just gives the same idea patented in 1990? I would be grateful on an answer.
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conditional statements (if, whether, etc.) in claims

What are there differences (if any) between the following examples of claiming conditional statements? I am mainly concerned with prosecution (BRI), although I'd obviously be interested if there would ...
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Am I eligible for a patent?

I've been working for a company for a year now. About 2 months ago, I had an idea for creating a manifold. My idea has saved the company thousands of dollars in manpower, resources, and time. I was ...
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Can I buy patent for a specific gesture that I have used for specific purpose in google glass app?

I am new to patents and I was wondering that can I buy patent for a specific gesture used for a specific purpose in Google glass. The thing is that I have implemented something in one of my glass apps ...
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Final Patent Filing Procedure

What are the key elements needed to prove Concept after getting a provisional patent filing accepted in order to complete a final filing documents?
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How does the patent approving authority check for the novelty of the idea that you want to patent for

When the patent has been filed, how does the patent authority check that the idea or product you produced is new. How does they check that their resources that there exists no patent for the idea you ...
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How does the public review process work for US patent applications?

I am aware of a patent application that has been filed that I wish to challenge. I know the application number, but the it was recently filed and is not publicly available for review on the USPTO ...
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Is the Amazon Locker Patented?

I did an advanced search for AN/"Amazon" AND (delivery OR locker OR distribution) and could not find a patent for the Amazon Locker. Is it patented? If so, what is the patent number? Is it publicly ...
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What steps does a patent application follow?

Sorry for this extremely basic question, but it does not appear to be a duplicate. What states may a patent be in? How does it get from one state to the next? My understanding is the flow goes ...
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Is it possible for an Indy developer to self-publish software

Is it possible for an independent developer to self-publish software? Even if you crossed your Is and dotted your Ts, documented prior art for every single idea you were conscious, that at least a ...
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How can an individual participate in the examination process for US Patent Applications?

Is there a mechanism for the public to participate on the examination process of a patent under examination? More specifically, is there a mechanism, for a person or for a company, to submit ...
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modified process of known process can be patented?

we have done a process which has been already done around 50 years ago & is patented in US. We have just modified the process with no new invention done. we have just make the process just by ...
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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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I am seeking to provide information that invalidates claims in a specific patent, how do I provide this information to the patent office?

I have specific information as a deep matter expert on a topic that invalidates most, if not all, claims of a patent application currently pending. Some this information may be missed by the patent ...
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How To Tell If Applicant Was Granted a Patent

So if there is no patent, only a publication number how do I tell if they were ever granted a patent or if they were, where is it? I'm looking at publication # EP2526617.
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What exactly is Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)?

The Wikipedia page on this does not have much information, nor any mention of prosecution. A few questions related to this come to mind: What is PPH and how does one use/benefit from it? Who is ...
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At what point can a patent lawsuit become reality?

Related to this question on 3D Systems patent expiry, it appears that 3D Systems are raising a patent infringement lawsuit on the basis that Kickstarter and Formlabs: knew or should have known ...
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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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What is an “Office Action”, and what types of “Office Actions” are there?

I have seen this term used often and have a vague idea as to what it means, but since I have not seen this term used in other fields I thought I would ask here. Is any response from the Patent Office ...
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Can I patent my logic for a pantry management system?

Is it possible to patent my own logic for determining if pantry items have gone bad in a software system for managing items? I don't expect there to be a god-given algorithm for this logic, but if I ...
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Are Software Development Methods patentable?

For example, if something like a method of Agile programming practices were singularly developed before they were popularly used, could a company have patented the 'system' including the parts that ...
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Is it practical for a novice to successfully file a patent without hiring a patent lawyer?

I am an undergraduate student in the US, and have come up with a (hopefully) patentable idea independently of my studies. The upside of that is the university cannot claim any rights to my invention; ...
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Revising a poor English translation of a US national phase application based on a foreign language PCT application

A patent application was originally drafted in a language other than English and filed in a country other than the US. It was subsequently translated into English and made a PCT application and ...
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Can a YouTube video be submitted as prior art?

I'm trying to determine whether there is evidence that definitively confirms that a YouTube video can be submitted as prior art. If there is an example of one being used as the grounds for rejecting ...