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I am a former entrepreneur, an electrical engineer, and a now a patent agent located in Southern California. I am enthusiastically pro-patent, but also believe that only applications that truly meet the legal criteria for patentablity should get through the system.

--George


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comment this patent has a legal action that I need explained
Once something is published it stays published and its status as prior art is not changed by subsequent events. Not every application end up resulting in a granted patent.
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reviewed No Action Needed this patent has a legal action that I need explained
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reviewed No Action Needed Prior art request for US20120203457 A1 - Showing a calendar on a map with route optimization between points
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reviewed Reviewed Referencing your own provisional application in your real application
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reviewed No Action Needed Where are the drawings for wo2004066851a2
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reviewed No Action Needed No international patent
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revised US8387329 - Conflict with patent 5050356?, Immured Foundation
added tag to patent and put patent in question in the title
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comment Can an examiner determine an invention is useful, even if they cannot determine whether it really works?
Evidence that it doesn't work well is immaterial. If someone else has a whole different way to do it that is better, they can file their own patent. If you only had a lame implementation and claimed precisely that embodiment down to the last detail, then you would have a patent on a lame thing. That isn't how claims are written. They up-level to a more abstract definition that hopefully encompasses the more refined version you are working on.
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comment Does Alice Corp v.s. CLS Bank really change anything?
In my opinion it was the approach and attitude of the Supreme Court that hurt patents. They set a new method of evaluating whether or not something is abstract while specifically saying they did not nee to "labor" to define abstract. They say, essentially, to try to boil a claim down to a short simple sentence. Every short simple "gist" of a claim sounds abstract. It has long been clear that the words of a claim matter and that it is improper to caricature a claim down to a simple nugget.
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answered Can an examiner determine an invention is useful, even if they cannot determine whether it really works?
Sep
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comment Referencing your own provisional application in your real application
A non-provisonal application can get priority from any number of provisionals and one provisional can be referenced by any number of non-provisonals. If you change an optional step in the provisional into a non-optional step and the non-optionality of that step is the issue the intervening prior art teaches then the provisional will not have content to show you knew that at the point of filing the provisional. The take-away is file the best non-provisional and make the non-provisonal as good as it can be with your then current thinking.
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reviewed Close SCARFFIE with sleeve pocket
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reviewed No Action Needed Interactive Map - Is Apple trying to patent 40-year-old GIS methods? - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Mobile ads - Location-based promotions - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST
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reviewed No Action Needed DISSEMINATING MEDIA CONTENT REPRESENTING EPISODES Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST
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reviewed No Action Needed What is the difference between patent, copyright, license and trademark? and how are they related to software?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is this in fact innovative? Review my publication from 2002
Sep
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answered I would like to receive the contact details of the Authors for Patent WO2014067081A
Sep
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answered Referencing your own provisional application in your real application
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reviewed No Action Needed What is the difference between patent, copyright, license and trademark? and how are they related to software?