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Is it possible to patent something that was disclosed in a priority application?

I disclosed a feature in a priority application 2 years ago but it was not included in my finally pursued application. Now the priority and the pursued application have been published. Is it possible ...

patentability disclosure divisional  
asked by PCT-user 1 vote
answered by George White 1 vote

Where are "Discussions" from Google Patents?

When I look for patents online using Google Patents, I get the list of ranked candidate patent with several links (eg "Overview", "Correlations", "Talk with others" (note ...

google-patents meta-question forums  
asked by ImAUser 1 vote
answered by Eric S 1 vote

Is it possible to amend the description of a PCT to include content from a priority application?

Is it possible to amend the description of a PCT to include content from a priority application? My drafter missed important content from my priority documents to include it in my PCT. Is there any ...

pct priority description amendment  
asked by PCT-user 1 vote
answered by the Europeist 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is a "Withdrawn" Patent?

Google Patents shows the details of US6034101 "Dosage form and method for administering drug." However, on the USPTO website the same patent is listed as "WITHDRAWN". I'm not familiar with the ...

asked by KAnalysis 2 votes
answered by BORIN 2 votes

Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination

What does "Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination" mean? My utility patent application has been given this status. What does that mean and what should I expect next?

asked by Tyrone 5 votes
answered by Patent Pending Guide 3 votes

Can I produce and sell an already patented product?

Let's say that I had an idea, which I soon turned into reality but then discovered that it is patented already... So the question is: Can I still legally sell my product although it is patented by ...

asked by Nick 3 votes
answered by Dylan O. Adams 1 vote


This call for prior art is part of EFF's effort to bust a patent being asserted against podcasting. Read more about the initiative here. Help narrow US patent applications before they become patents ...

prior-art-request us8112504 post-grant  
asked by Daniel Nazer 38 votes
answered by Kevan 12 votes

Enhancing Wireless Mesh Networking (GE) - Patent Application – PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MESH NETWORKING —This application from General Electric seeks to patent a system for extending the range of communication for low rate wireless mesh networks. Help narrow US patent ...

prior-art-request pre-grant mesh-networking wireless us20120326927  
asked by Julie Samuels 8 votes
answered by John Dalton 4 votes

User Interface - Changing icon appearance based on frequency of use (Samsung) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DISPLAYING ICONS - This application from Samsung seeks to patent the idea of... changing icon appearance based on their frequency of use! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow ...

prior-art-request pre-grant user-interface samsung us20130152017a1  
asked by Micah Siegel 15 votes
answered by Joel Spolsky 16 votes

Is the Domino's Pizza Tracker actually patent pending?

4 years ago Domino's launched the "pizza tracker". It has since then said "Patent Pending" on the tracker image. Is this actually patent pending? Any chance they would actually get the patent? ...

patentability software pre-grant patent-pending consumer-food  
asked by Pizza Man 2 votes
answered by pageman 5 votes

Can you answer this question?

Why do patent protections last 20 years?

This is really two questions. What is the historical reason for patent protection to be 20 years? What is the reasoning for it to be 20 years, instead of 15 years, or 25 years?

asked by J Li 3 votes
answered by Satyaki Chakravarty 0 votes
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