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

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Post PCT publication: National phase claim amendment

I filed the national phase patent application (India) in oct 2014 and had amended the national phase application before applying for PCT. Later, I applied to PCT with the same amended application. I ...
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My competitor and I both have patents. And now they are sueing me!

My competitor and I both have Patents on a specific designed product. My Patent goes as far as to "reference cite" their Patent right on the cover of my Patent.. How can they sue me if the Government ...
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Can patents be republished with materially different amended claims?

I'm wondering if the following scenario is allowable: A company is granted a patent for a system that distinguishes itself from other patents by the use of elements A, B, and C The company makes ...
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Is there a custom or policy of obfuscating dangerous details in patents?

I was reviewing an expired U.S. patent for a clever industrial process that is sufficiently dangerous that it should not be attempted by people not skilled in the art. Throughout the patent, ...
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What will be the expiry of Continuation patent

Let me starts with an example: US 7598276 B2 was filed on Nov 7, 2006 having 1 day of PTA. US 8557852 B2 was filed on Aug 28, 2009 which is division of '276 with 546 days of PTA. There is no ...
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Patent term adjustment database

Is there any database for patent term adjustment by USPTO? I was wondering if there is any patent term adjustment database. Is private pair allows bulk download of such data?
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Response to Notice to file corrected application papers

An applicant has been asked to submit a substitute specification in compliance with 37 CFR 1.52, 1.121(b)(3) and 1.125. The amendments are made to brief description of drawings, detailed description ...
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Is there any way to download all rejected patent applications?

Is there any way to download all rejected patent applications? I hope, I could obtain the application documents and the reason for rejection. If an application is rejected because of being not novel, ...
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Arguments allowed in “Concise Description of Relevance” in USPTO prior art filing

During the Third-Party Preissuance Submission under 37 CFR 1.290 one can submit prior art documents together with Concise Description of Relevance explaining relevance of said document. To what level ...
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Patent Number suffix A1 / B2 etc.

On some patent numbers I see an "A1" / "A2" / "B2" etc. suffix after the actual patent number e.g. "USxxxxxxxxx B2" or "WOxxxxxxxx A1" etc. What do these suffixes mean? Is there a key somewhere ...
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How to search by international classification at USPTO

I am trying to get list of granted patents searched by class at http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.htm I am trying the following string. Anybody have any Idea how to do this. icl/C07 AND ...
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Patent Term Adjustment

I got a notification from uspto that The Patent Term Adjustment is 58 days I would like to know what is PTA and how is it calculated ?
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Does Priority Examination delay other patents?

I am assuming there is research and a conclusion on this, instead of just a discussion. Prioritized Examination allows patents to get examined in a year for a fee. I know of patent attorneys that ...
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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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Downloading XML for USPTO patents

How can the XML (or its ZIP file) for a USPTO number (e.g. 8978162) be downloaded? Can this be done programmatically (API) and/or manually? The weekly releases (ca 6,000 entries) contain the type of ...
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USPTO nonprovisional application before national application

I want to apply for USPTO nonprovisional utility patent as a Turkish. How can I learn if US has any agreement between Turkish Patent Office (Turkey) in order to prevent international applications ...
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Deciding to apply for PCT or USPTO

It is not affordable that even micro entities like students or employees pay PCT application fee which is too high. Application fee for nonprovisional utility US patent is reasonable. Following US ...
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What should be the expiry of this patent: USRE44048

As US '048 is reissue patent filed on before magic date in issued on 2013, what will be the expiry of this patent?
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Is this patent granted in US or Europe or it is still in the approval process?

In reference to the patent: EP2812386A1
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what is publication number for US5803169? [closed]

In reference to the patent: US5803169 Whether this patent was published as application?
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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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“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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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

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 as I ...
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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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Time Limits on Filing Closed EPO application in United States?

A previous application for an European Patent Grant was "closed" by the European Patent Office. What is the time limit the same application can be filed 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 http:...
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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 ...