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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 New invention covered by claim of other invention
It can help. If your invention has structural commonality with the prior art refernce, it may be cited against you as making your thing obvious. As part of your argument in response, you point out that you can do something the previous invention can't do.
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revised What are the prior arts of US20130128027 A1?
added application title and claim 1 wording
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reviewed Leave Open Don't these wheels and hubcaps already exist?
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reviewed Leave Open Prior Art request for US20130100291 A1
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comment New invention covered by claim of other invention
Something does not need to be "totally different" from everything else. It needs to be new, non-obvious from what has been done before, and it needs to be useful.
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answered New invention covered by claim of other invention
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comment How are election restrictions answered? My lawyer wants $1000USD just to tell them to proceed with claims 15-20
Besides administrative aspects, there is talking to the examiner and understanding their point of view, talking to the inventor and explaining the options - some decisions can come back to bite you later, and taking professional responsibility for not screwing it up. The possibility of losing our registration is on the table every time we do or don't do something. As one data point, I would charge about half in a similar restriction situation. However, I am a patent agent in a solo practice. A patent attorney in a top IP law firm could easily, and reasonably, charge double.
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comment How are election restrictions answered? My lawyer wants $1000USD just to tell them to proceed with claims 15-20
The fee seems extremely high for the situation you describe.
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answered How are election restrictions answered? My lawyer wants $1000USD just to tell them to proceed with claims 15-20
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comment How are election restrictions answered? My lawyer wants $1000USD just to tell them to proceed with claims 15-20
Are you going to dump your attorney and take it over yourself? Then the answer might help you. One, the patent office will only deal with one person on any formal matters. You have presumably given your attorney the power to be that person. Technically, to have them listen to you, first revoke the POA. If try to do this yourself and you don't fire him/her. She/he will, and should, fire you as a client.
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answered How to get a patent?
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answered Knocking prior art, is it necessary?
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comment How long after a patent gets a FINAL REJECTION does it appear as such on Google Patents?
I think Julie in Austin's comment is more than a nit, but this is a format nit - Her comment applies to the question but is posted under an answer that does not confuse applications and patents.
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revised Please help me find Prior Art for US20130100291 A1
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Nov
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comment Sufficiency of disclosure for untested invention?
Someone who can't get a zig zag barrel to work has a wish, not an invention. The march of technology can we relevant. Optical mice, for example, work by looking in high resolution at the surface under them and comparing it to what the surface look like a few milliseconds earlier. Someone could have thought of that in 1985 and showed how it could work if the mouse just had a sensor and the computing was done by a a Cray connected by a cable. That's enabled. But if the claims said, "with a computing device that fits in the hand-sized mouse", then I would say it would not be enabled in 1985.
Nov
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answered Can I patent a communication protocol?
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revised Sufficiency of disclosure for untested invention?
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comment Can I modify and resell patented product?
After you buy something you are free of the patents the manufactures has on that thing. Whereever you get the parts, the new thing you make may or may not infringe other patents from that manufacuture or some third party.
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answered Can I modify and resell patented product?
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answered Sufficiency of disclosure for untested invention?