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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.

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comment How is this patent legal?
Welcome to Ask Patents, I hope you find the site useful. One of the important features of Ask Patents and all Stack Exchange sites is that things posted as questions are actually questions and things posted as answers are attempts to answer that question. Other postings should be as comments. thanks
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revised How is this patent legal?
fixed typo added emphasis
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revised about this patent CN103613583 A where is the melting points and IR data NMR of the stating materials?
removed design-patent tag. Removed ??? from title and body
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awarded  Nice Answer
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reviewed No Action Needed Tracking patent history
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comment Finding prior art rejects an independent claim
A dependent claim is a narrowing of an independent claim. Claim 1 is is a skateboard, skateboards are old so claim 1 is rejected (or found invalid). Claim 2 says "the apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a jet engine." A skateboard with a jet engine is not old so claim 2 is good.
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reviewed Reviewed The invention in patent US 8,272,136 looks essentially the same as patent US 5,600,892
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reviewed No Action Needed Compressive method
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reviewed Reviewed Prior Art Request for US20140296324 A1 (Virovek Incorporation) —Vectors harboring toxic genes, methods and uses therefor
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comment Prior Art Request for US20140296324 A1 (Virovek Incorporation) —Vectors harboring toxic genes, methods and uses therefor
Welcome to Ask Patents! I do not think your post is confused and thanks for participating. This may be a terminology issue but patent do not infringe patents. Products and services made, sold, used and imported infringe patents. One can get a patent that is a refinement or special case of an existing patent - but you can't make the item unless you work out a lic. with the owner of the more generic patent.
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reviewed No Action Needed Possible to include information in patent application refuting similar patents ahead of time?
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reviewed Close Ideas on how to do patent searching
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answered Finding prior art rejects an independent claim
Oct
28
comment Want to know if I may apply for the patent or not
I'm not sure what "physical phenomena" is intended to mean but would add "abstract idea without something more". It sounds ridiculous but is from a recent Supreme Court opinion. Offensive to public order is a real reason for rejection in Europe, but not in the U.S. Design patents can get rejected for offensive images but it is under "all business with the patent office must be conducted with decorum" so it doesn't have a real foundation.
Oct
28
comment Can someone copy my idea If i released and filed a patent first but the patent isn't approved yet?
There is no such thing as a provisional patent. It is only a kind of an application for a patent. If you let your provisional application expire at the end of 12 months and do not publish the information, someone who independently invents it can certainly can get a patent. Regarding "unless yours is rejected" - incorrect. If your application is rejected then someone else's application for the same invention would also be rejected on the same grounds. And the rejection of your patent does not change its value as prior art against a later filer.
Oct
28
comment Patent for dog leash belt idea
And welcome to Ask Patents. Our on-topic topics are (1) questions about how the U.S. patent system operates - many are put in terms of asking about specific applications or patents and (2) requests to help locate prior art against a specific application or patent that you think should be granted or at least narrowed.
Oct
27
comment A active US patent has claims that are very similar to a lapsed older Patent?Does this negate the newer patent claims?
The new one is a patent application, not an active" issued patent. In general, the correct analysis is the old reference's total teaching vs the new one's claims. The fact that the old one is an expired patent is not relevant to its value as prior art.
Oct
27
answered Arbitrary terms in the Claims…?
Oct
26
comment Is this a possible patent infrigment? - publicly disclosed by different author before patent presentation date?
I looked at the history of this case and Jeff's table was not found in the examiner's search and therefor not before her/him. The examiner considered a table based on aslot car and one based on an old book. Regardless of our visiblity that the patent should not have granted, it was granted. If you make, sell, etc. something that looks like it you can be sued for infringement. In your defense you will argue that is invalid as obvious Under Jeff's a Facebook photo photo, in light of a blocky table. And you would probably win.
Oct
25
answered Is this a possible patent infrigment? - publicly disclosed by different author before patent presentation date?