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Do patent holders have to be “reachable?”

Do owners have to maintain an availability or can they just lodge a patent and vanish leaving an idea protected which nobody else can touch. If not how do we locate owners to find out more details or ...
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explaining the theory that undergoes an invention in patent description?

I have a question about explaining the theory that undergoes an invention: should it be exposed in patent application (Description) and if yes how? For what I have seen patent documents are not ...
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How do I find the patent application for OKCupid's Match algorithm?

OKCupid.com has filed for a patent, which is still pending on their matching algorithm. The "patent pending" claim is found here: https://www.okcupid.com/help/match-percentages The sentence reads, ...
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What's the best approach to document a claim?

Being new here, 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 ...
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Protecting a User Interface: Design Patent and/or Copyright

I have been reading that it is possible to file Design Patent(s) and Copyright applications on top of non-provisional utility filings. To my understanding (I am an engineer so please bear with me :) ...
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Small Tag Card (smaller than ISO card) - would product infringe US6471127?

I have a customer who wants to issue a small tag card with a magnetic stripe. The card size is 66 x 40 mm. It is not a payment card, just a loyalty membership card. Only a membership number will be ...
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Is this prior art for “Reiki ornament” (US D663234 S1)?

I came across this design patent in Google: "Reiki ornament" (US D663234 S1) And I realized it describes a design that is very similar to this artifact, which is on display at a Tibetan museum. Can ...
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Is Imported Product Made in Foreign Country Prior art to US Method Patent?

I have a question relating to whether an imported product made in a foreign country by a patented method, before the method was patented, would be prior art to the method patent. That's a mouthful, ...
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What is the best way to bring a relevant 102 prior art reference to an examiner for a published application?

I found non-patent literature in the form of a letter to the editor correcting a review article. The correction is on point as 102 art for a currently pending published application which is being ...
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Does anyone know the patent number for First Response™ Gold™ Digital Pregnancy Test by Church &Dwight?

First Response was reformulated to include a new antibody to hCG beta-core fragment in a digital pregnancy test. Does anyone know whether Church & Dwight have filed patents on this new test?
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Would this application be invalidated by a youtube video showing the same invention 5 months earlier?

So this patent was filed September 11, 2013. There are two Youtube videos describing the same invention from April 2013 from two different people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSSvqpBLhGM ...
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Media Streaming - Media Streaming through a Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON streaming media through a session initiation protocol - This application from Intellectual Ventures seeks to patent the idea of...Sending a first session initiation protocol ...
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Design or utility patent? Do I need to file multiple variations to protect my idea? Do I need create an exact working example of my idea? and more

If I wanted to produce sticky fore-arm straps that wrap around the fore-arms for competitors to use in the worlds-strongest-man competition to get a better grip when they pick up big circular stones ...
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patent Infringement question

Received a Design Patent from the USPTO a three years ago. Put the Design on the market for licensing. Noted a Major Manufacturers applied for published application in 2013 for a invention to be ...
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When will this patent be availabe for clinical application by healthcare professionals?

I am a healthcare professional (RMT) in Ontario with many patients who come to me concerned with their cellulite. I also educate the public about cellulite and provide treatments geared ...

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