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What's the best approach to document a claim?

I'm wondering what the best way to match prior art to a claim you feel is invalid. I have found examples applicants use with the USPTO, so I would imagine using that same format to invalidate a claim ...
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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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How to submit prior art to contest application?

EP 2384964 A1 claims to be the foundation of split boards dating back to the early 1990's. Manufactures of Snowboards have been making woodcores with center plastic, bamboo and other impermeable ...
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Prior art for e-ticketing with a barcode image via the web

In reference to the patent: WO2002091307A9 This is an international patent which claims a method for issuing over the internet a ticket, wherein the ticket contains a barcode in an image file format. ...
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If a patent refers to the use of a “strap”, can I use a “chain” instead and not be in violation of the patent?

A patent claim states a "strap used to suspend the motor". Can I use a chain to suspend the motor and not be in violation of the patent. I looked up the definition of a strap and from what I can tell ...
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PRIOR ART REQUEST: US20150066784 “Automated Clickwrap and Browsewrap System”

I would like some help finding prior art for US20150066784. The patent describes a system focused on the browsewrap vs. clickwrap distinction when it comes to legal agreements, but the entire system ...
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How can I determine the date of a patent sale?

My great grandmother Lizzie M. Adams sold her patent (number 680,106) to C. H. Munson in the early 1900s, I think. I have a newspaper article of the sale but no date.
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Is it a red flag for a patent attorney to be a prolific inventor in diverse fields

A patent attorney has several patents to her name in very diverse fields. Some inventions are routine utilities, while others are highly technical & domain specific. The latter makes me wonder ...
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Hover board patent way too vague

The patent on the hoverboard is far too broad and should not be approved. I have 2 videos on YouTube demonstrating how a supermagnet will bounce off of a conductive surface. ...
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What is the expiration date of patent US 6,676,109?

Is patent US 6,676,109 for a rotary valve in favor of Kitz Corporation a design patent or a utility patent? What is the expiration date of the patent?
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Patent terminology: schematic vs diagrammatic views

In a patent application, I ran into a statement that a drawing is "a partially schematic and partially diagrammatic view". I had though that schematic views and diagrammatic views are the same thing: ...
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Can a patent have more than one, multiple preferred embodiments?

Can a patent have more than one multiple preferred embodiments? Where is this discussed in MPEP?
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What is considered applicable prior art?

I contacted an invention development company about a general idea for a new product. Shortly afterward through a simple Google search I found a product very similar to my idea being sold on internet. ...
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Design Patent US D697,706 - human hand umbrella handle

I think there is likely prior art for Design Patent US D697,706, "Handle": Here is an example of a 19th century Chinese human hand umbrella handle: Source: AncientPoint.com

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