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Help kill bad patent applications by providing evidence of prior art. Making a difference is as simple as using Google to find literature relevant to a pending application. Follow @AskPatents for a f…
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For questions relating to the legal requirements necessary for applications to be granted a patent.
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For questions relating to the USPTO rules related to prior art or what constitute prior art. For REQUESTS FOR PRIOR ART please use the [prior-art-request] tag.
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For questions involving the creation, use, or sale of patented item without permission from the patent holder.
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Patents about software algorithms, methods implemented via computer software, and software interfaces
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Related to opposition of patent before grant.
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Related to claims definition, interpretation, technical terms, the extent, scope, of the protection conferred to a patent
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Questions about patent laws and their implementation
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Questions involving patent issues across multiple countries.
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For patent or any document filing to patent offices
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Related to Patent application, rules, formats and specific requirements.
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Related to opposition of patent after grant.
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Related to ownership of Patent and its requirements.
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The term of a patent: the amount of time during which a patent can be enforced.
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a special kind of patent that covers the ornamental design, as opposed to the workings, of a functional item.
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United States Patent and Trademark Office, the body which issues patents in the USA.
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For questions relating to the preliminary steps of a patent, wherein an inventor or attorney files a draft of the patent either for review by a patent examiner, or in the case of provisional applicati…
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Questions relating to searching for or through patents and applications
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For questions broadly relating to the licensing and legal sharing of patents. Note that questions about specific license agreements are off-topic.
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Question related to Provisional specification filing and rules thereof
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For questions relating to the rules and standards of inventorship, as indicated and used by the United States Patent Office.
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Questions specifically relating to the patent system of the United States of America.
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Questions about copyright as it relates to patents. Note that questions about copyright in itself are off-topic on this site.
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Related to patents filed, licensed or prosecuted by Applicant APPLE INC.
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For questions regarding the expiration date of an issued patent.
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For questions relating to the process of filling for or obtaining patents through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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For questions involving an individual filing on their own behalf.
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For questions relating to "novelty," as related to patents. Specifically, the bar for novelty in patents and patent applications, and interpretations thereof.
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For questions involving expired patents.
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is used on patent applications and patents which have been successfully narrowed or rejected by the USPTO after having been the subject of a prior-art-request on Ask Patents.
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Invalidating a patent that has already been granted
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a mark that can be included in the description of a product to indicate that some aspects of that product is covered by a patent application that has been filed, but not yet abando…
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Questions related to The Patent Cooperation Treaty based applications.
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relating to mobile phones, handheld computers, and similar technology.
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Related to patents filed, licensed or prosecuted by Applicant MICROSOFT