United States Patent and Trademark Office, the body which issues patents in the USA.

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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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Is it true that a USPTO patent not safe from European companies?

All feedback is greatly appreciated. I'm a very young inventor.
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USPTO Patent XML, understanding the us-field-of-classification-search element

I'm working with XML from the USPTO bulk download which provides weekly downloads of XML of published patent grants. I'm using this documentation to understand the files. I'm having trouble ...
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Is this patent expired for system? [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US5509873 Is this patent expired? If not when will it?
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“Google Now” Patent Application Number

I've been looking for Google's patent application number for "Google Now", the intelligent assistant but with no success. Can any redirect me to the correct link or post the Patent number? Thank you ...
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How to change the order of inventors after a patent is granted?

Is it possible to change the listed order of inventors after a utility patent application is granted by USPTO? And if so, how could I go about doing that?
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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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Is it possible to search patents by assignee?

My name is Jesse L Culpepper. I would like to know how many patents are in my name.
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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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US20140235095 - Apple Inc - Reversible usb connector with compliant member to spread stress and increase contact normal force

The following Apple patent application is published and pending examination: Title: Reversible usb connector with compliant member to spread stress and increase contact normal force Publication ...
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Examiner's search for prior art. Does it include non-published applications and patents younger than the priority date?

I have two questions regarding the functioning of the patent application examination process. Hopefully someone can shed some light. If a patent application has been filed but not yet published, ...
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USPTO different numbers for the same patent

How come sometimes a USPTO application/grant has many numbers form the same patent? For example: US6334845 (B1) is "also published as" US6422996(B2) and as US6413211(B2). I understand that the ...
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How long for patent to get finalize?

How long dose it take to get a patent finalized? I have had a patent filed since July 2013, and I'm still waiting.
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Waste collection system and a method for assembling a waste collection system CA2744818 A1

I don't understand why this application CA2744818 A1 can become a patent. the Finland company LASSILLA & TIKANOJA Oy has commercialized this concept a few years ago in a product called Fin-Bin ...
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Do I need to prove micro entity status to USPTO?

I want to file to USPTO, and I am foreign independent inventor (not American). My question is, do I need to prove micro entity status to uspto? If yes, then how?
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“Undue experimentation” - why isn't the patent office more demanding to minimise it (e.g. provide parts list)?

The majority of the patents I've looked at read to me as outlines of research projects rather than detailed descriptions of how to make something. (I am a person of ordinary skill in the art; I have a ...
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Are there any limitations and drawbacks of early publication in USPTO

I filed a patent application last month in USPTO through my attorney (I am not a US citizen) . I am now planning to go for early publication. Is this possible now? Also are there any limitations or ...
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Is there any way to search classification of USPTO?

Is there any way to to search classification of patent in CPC or USPC by keyword? E.g I want to know what class "computer mouse" is, but it seems the search page assume that I already knew the code ...
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Why Are There STILL 5,303 Overlaps for A Patent?

I asked this question of a patent attorney, but never got a great response - I heard that great NPR show about patents (referenced by Joel on a podcast) and had this question: For this patent: ...
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How to create an Applicant Response to Pre-Exam Formalities Notice

I received a "Notice to File Missing Parts of Nonprovisonal Application". It states: "A mailing address for each inventor has not been submitted. A new application data sheet (ADS) ... is required" ...
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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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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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Similar patents

What is the worst situation in which I could find myself in the case my patent is very similar or identical to another, without doing it intentionally? Can I be sued from the other inventor, or can I ...
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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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Can a patent be applied for a scheme or product, that uses available techniques, to satisfy a specific purpose?

I came across an article stating that the co-founder of Molo rewards has sued Google for allegedly infringing US Patent No. 7,298,271(Link to the patent). On looking into the patent, it is clear that, ...
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How quickly a patent can be granted from uspto with the help of lawyers etc if I am from India?

I am from India and want to apply for patent from uspto with or without the help of lawyer whichever can fasten the process.
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Out of USPTO and GCC which one should be filed first?

I want to protect my invention in gulf and US both. Now shall I first file in Gulf (GCC) and then move to USPTO or the V.V ?
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Closed EPO application

A previous application for an European Patent Grant was "closed" by the European Patent Office. In which way the same application can be filled with US Patent Office?
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Method to request reexamination of patent for instructional video

I am in the process of filing a reexamination request for patent 8,605,152: Method and apparatus for yoga class imaging and streaming. Under what grounds would I challenge a patent for an ...
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How solid are foreign patents that are later filed in the US?

This is somewhat subjective but in doing my research, I have seen a lot of patents that were accepted in other countries (e.g. China, Australia) or in PCT later get accepted at the USPTO with what ...
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Where exactly on USPTO site should I look for reexamination process details? [duplicate]

Here's just one example - a question about whether some patent was invalidated during reexamination. This answer says This can be looked up and followed in the USPTO Public PAIR Now I go to ...
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When can new prior art be brought during prosecution? How can we help?

I am looking for a clarification ideally for both USPTO and EPO procedures. I thought that: applicant could (must for US) bring new prior art anytime during prosecution until grant (through IDS for ...
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How to do USC Class Title seach on USPTO

Is it possible to do search class numbers based on the title/text/description relating the class. On EPO and WIPO yiu can search for classes based on text search. I couldn't find any such feature on ...
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Filing a Provisional Patent by myself

I have a great idea that I would like to protect, but I don't have the budget for a patent attorney at the moment. I was thinking to do it by my own. I wanted to know if I try my best to define the ...
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What is a good way to locate (and choose) a U.S. patent attorneys office that specializes in a given area within a field

What's the best way to find specific patent firms and individual attorneys who specialize in the technology area of my application? It seems that the best patent attorneys tend to have specialties. ...
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Is there ex parte reexamination statistics narrowed to software patents only?

uspto.gov publish statistics quarterly, but the numbers are averaged from all industries and fields. I am trying to figure out whats chances a software patent had in 2011/2012 to go through a ex parte ...
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How to determine the status of an application that wasn't granted

How can I tell regarding a USPTO published application (that does not appear to be granted) whether is has been rejected by the USPTO or rather may still become granted? I am seeing a published ...
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How to get a patent or patent application permalink at the USPTO website?

I'd like to link to certain patents or patent applications filed with the USPTO. Google Patents makes this relatively straightforward, hosting patents & applications at this URL scheme: ...
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Prior art shared with the USPTO

The USPTO started allowing the public to submit prior art just last year. How will the public know if prior art that is submitted through the third party submission system was used to reject a patent ...
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Do USPTO examiners search open-source codebases?

I have read many patent prosecution histories (on PAIR), but have never seen one that references an open-source codebase as grounds for a rejection. Instead, examiners have a tendency to rely heavily ...
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USPTO examiner/staff financial background check and disclaimers

I've always wondered if there was a financial background check on the examiner and all other USPTO staff that work on a patent application. Or if there is a disclaimer section for those who worked on ...
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Can willful patent infringement exist without prior notification?

In order for a company to accuse an organization of willful infringement, or allege that they are actively and knowingly infringing on a patent, must the patent holder first send the allegedly ...
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Can a granted patent be deeded to the public?

Please note, I'm not speaking in the context of a land patent, I just could not think of a better word than deed. Let's say that: I have a concrete implementation of something that can be patented ...
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Should I file a provisional application?

In the past I've been discouraged from filing provisional applications (in the US), but the new "first to file" provisions of the "America Invents Act" would seem to make a provisional application a ...
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How long does it take a patent application to appear in the USPTO database?

I have several patents that I have filed which have been received by the USPTO, but have yet to appear when I search the USPTO online database. How long is the delay between filing and appearance on ...
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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 ...