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Protecting easily replicatable idea

I work as a web developer and I've been toying with an idea for a while. Today I had an idea that would make my idea less expensive and more achieveable. The problem is my idea would be easily ...
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Patent Prosecution - SEQ ID NO

When drafting patent applications, can we skip certain numbers from the SEQ ID NOs? (This is just for convenience, so that I don't have to go back and renumber everything.) for US/PCT/worldwide, ...
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Find UK patent detail

I am looking to see if I can patent a product in the UK, I have seen another company who sells a similar product to ours. I have done a patent search and they are in the process of registering a ...
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We have a patent in China (only) and it was registered in jan 2021, we want to register it in the UK do we have priority

Our manufacturer has a patent in China (only) and it was granted in jan 2021, we want to register it in the UK, do we have priority. We have seen another UK company is registering a similar product in ...
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Question regarding patent inventors identity

What are the reliable ways to justify to a third party that the inventor of an USPTO granted patent (i.e. linked in google patents) is actually me (given that I am the real inventor)? Update: As Eric ...
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Structure of the EPO law

When I have to look at some rules or laws or the like from the EPC, I always struggle to navigate to the correct phrases. When I simply google for what I'm looking for I get there in seconds but I ...
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Amend patent claim in opposition due to lack of clarity

I'm doing some exercises from the EPO and struggle at this one: In opposition proceedings a patent proprietor has proposed amendments to claims 1, 3 and 4 of its patent to overcome issues of novelty ...
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Patent granted with a terminal disclaimer that violates my provisional patent, what to do

Company A was granted a patent in April of 2020. I filed a provisional patent application in January of 2021 that did not violate Company A's patent. Company A applied for and was granted a second ...
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Why no sue for using linked list?

I found a patent with active status apparently claimed the linked-list data structure. A computerized list that may be traversed in at least two sequences comprising: a first sequence of items that ...
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Can it be patentable?

Lets say, there is prior art PA whose claim is a method comprising steps A -> B -> C -> D. The method is used in a complex system S, as a part along with many other different components of ...
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Prior art and claim

If one writes the main claim by using a classifying part and a characterizing portion of this claim, then the classifying part reflects the known prior art or its features and the characterizing part ...
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What will happen when a patented prior art is found after the patent is granted?

What will happen when a prior art is found after the patent is granted? A patent P was granted by USPTO and after the patent is published, a prior art PA of the P is found. Now what will happen to the ...
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Verbatim copy from paper draft in a patent application

I am working as scientist for a university in the EU. We have submitted a paper manuscript to a renowned journal. The manuscript got reviewed and finally accepted. Already upon submission, we asked ...
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For how long does one have the right to say "patent pending" after submitting a provisional patent application in the United States?

I read on https://www.legalzoom.com/sem/ip/patents.html (mirror): For how long does one have the right to say "patent pending" after submitting a provisional patent application in the ...
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How to define a custom term in a patent claim?

How to define a custom term in a patent claim? I want to define a custom term in my claim and the term will be used in later parts of the claim. For example, A method of an electronic device, ...
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Why inventor will use "consisting" instead of "comprising" transitional phrase in a patent claim?

Why inventor will use "consisting" instead of "comprising" transitional phrase in a patent claim? If a transitional phrase, "comprising" covers broader scopes than a ...
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EPO application-Slight constructal changes on dependent claim

In EPO application, there is one document in search report and publication date of that document is after my priority date. The examiner says my 1st claim is not novel over D1. However, D1 doesn't ...
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Why not merging multiple patents to save money?

Why not merging multiple patents to save money? I often find single company, single inventor submitted multiple patents at the same time. We all know that, to apply for a patent companies need to ...
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On average, how often do university faculty file patents?

I'm helping a small college set up their Engineering program, and the administrator I'm working with asked a perfectly valid question: how often will they have to deal with this? How much budget ...
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Infringement under the Doctrine of Equivalents

I’ve been reading about the doctrine of equivalents, it is said that a product/process is said to be infringed under doctrine of equivalents if the substitute element of the accused product/process ...
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Meeting and novelty

Case A: Company A and B begin cooperating with each other and in a meeting, company A discloses an invention to discuss and move further. Case B: Company A and B sign a NDA and do the same. Is any of ...
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Does re-creating the scientific calculator casio fx-570MS as software application violate copyright law?

I'm trying to re-create the scientific calculator casio fx-570MS: My app on Android will look like this: The idea is I physically (no reverse engineering - that is no code touch, every code will be ...
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Filed a provisional that I did not follow up on—is it prior art?

I filed a provisional utility patent less than a year ago. Since then, I received a few notices which I did not follow up on, and the application was abandoned. I think I have two options now, which ...
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Period time to pay renewal fees for european patents

I'm participating in some EQE training and there is this question/answer: Most fees for European patent applications cannot be paid before their due date. One exception is renewal fees, which can ...
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What are the consequences of demonstrating an invention in public before applying for a patent?

What are the consequences of demonstrating an invention in public before applying for a patent? Let's say I have a hypothetical invention. Let's assume it's a valid invention and it is clear of any ...
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Can I find how much a Patent holder recieved in royalties for making it available under licence?

I want to find out how much a specific patent holder has drawn in royalties on the licence for a particular patent. Is this possible? I realise where a company's accounts are public, I can identify ...
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Can my idea that was published in my own blog still be patentable by me?

Can my idea that was published in my own blog still be patentable by me? Case 1: I have an innovative solution of a problem that was published in my websites blog. After couple of years I rethink and ...
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drawstring restringing system

I am an engineering student trying to contact the owners contact information in order to ask them a few questions regarding their design I was wondering if I could receive a phone number or email to ...
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What does the term "embodiment" mean in the software patent?

What does the term "embodiment" mean in the software patent? I often see this term embodiment in the patent documents (i.e. 1st embodiment, 2nd embodiment). Dictionary meaning of the term ...
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Scope of a feature "..connected together"

I guess this question relates to General and specific feature. In the patent EP 2778 117 there is written in [0018]: "The outer layer (1) can be made of single material, such as leather, or ...
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General and specific feature

I'm trying to understand the relationship between a general and a specific feature. I'm specifically relating to an EPO guideline: Generic disclosure and specific examples In considering novelty, it ...
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Can ML applied on an existing idea be patented?

Can ML applied on an existing idea be patented? Lets say there is a prior art patent P whose claims C cover the methodology steps S. Now the P did not claim any ML (machine learning) approach in their ...
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Material / Quantity specification

Let's assume we have a patent that describes a textile product containing > 30 % cotton. Would another aka the "same" product infringe this patent if: it would have 70 % cotton it would ...
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Can co-inventor add other co-inventors without my knowledge?

A little under a year ago, I filed my first provisional patent (in the USA) with a very small group of people. Recently, it came to my attention that one of the co-inventors has added a bunch of other ...
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Can a patent issued before Alice, but suspect of not meeting its standards now, be invalidated at the PTAB?

I agree with some if not most of the fundamental principles of Alice despite its somewhat ambiguous construction as of now. Presumed is a patent issued pre-Alice, and post-Alice be found not meeting ...
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Is the language '[a] method as claimed in any preceding claim" only available if a special fee is paid for combinations, variation or permutations?

I have a somewhat vague recollection that you can pay an extra fee that will entitle you to the variations, combinations and/or permutations of the individual claims; if you add a language like that ...
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After NFOA, can you amend your independent claim by subject matter in your description although not claimed first without substantial repercussions?

It is a general practice to pull in dependent claims into the independent claim after the first NFOA to make it pass with a narrower scope especially when a dependent claim has already received Notice ...
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Is the "Notification Date" the same as the "Mailing Date of [the Office Action]"? ...and relating ambiguities

An NFOA includes that the "[s]hortened statutory period for reply is set to expire 3 months from the mailing date of [that] communication"; however, the language mailing date appears rather ...
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Receiving NFOA way after an appeal brief was filed after a complete final rejection & rejective advisory action, does it indicate room allowance?

Bob receives a final rejection in August, 2020, without anything allowed or even indicated that any change could over come the rejections and allowance could be achieved. Bob files a files an action ...
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Why doesn't Samsung remove the non-essential software patent features to prevent patent war?

Commonly why doesn't patent infringer just remove the infringing features if they are not that important to their products. For example, in the Samsung-Apple smartphone patent war, the software ...
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Expired Patent US1704999A

My great grandfather held a patent that was created in 1929. I know the patent is expired, is it possible that the patent was passed on to somebody?
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Bacteria was used treat cancers at one time. Did the manufacturer, Parke Davis, ever patent these cancer treatments called Coley's Toxins?

A Commotion in the Blood. By Stephen S. Hall. Page 117 "a further discouragement in terms of the toxins is that without patent protection on a hundred year old treatment, there is little ...
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Licensees of standard essential patents

Does anyone know of any lists providing the licensee of SEPs within a handful of industries (such as IoT, cellular, wifi and similar)? I'm trying to investigate how SEP licensing fees may affect small ...
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Change of inventorship after allowance

Can my employer remove my name from a patent after it is allowed (but not issued yet) and the fees are paid for?
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How would you find someone with expertise on selling to Patent Assertion Entities?

I've tried googling all sorts of different sentences trying to find information on PAEs. Nothing that comes up is of any use. Here is my situation: My patent was granted in 1 country, pending in ...
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Which tools works for patents analytics?

I'm looking for getting some insights though patents analytics to know if my company's products are patentable. I already check some papers about it. I'm just starting so it would be cool to get an ...
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Reducing the number of patent claims

I have a patent application with 45 claims, one independent claim. Some of the claims are for explanation. As an example, the first claim includes: determining x from y; and processing x. Some of the ...
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For an appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), what is the precise meaning of "twice rejected"?

It appears that I will have to appeal the decision of an examiner, and if I could do so without waiting for a final rejection, I might be able to catch the tail end of the Fast-Track Appeals Program, ...
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Notice to File Corrected Application Papers

I forgot to number my claims and they asked for the required items (below). Required items: Replacement claim(s) commencing on a separate sheet in compliance with 37 CFR 1.75(h) and 1.121 is required. ...
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Does the number of a feature play a role?

Does the number of (embodiments) of a feature play a role? Let's consider a chair: The prior state is a three-legged chair. Is a chair with four legs patentable? The prior state is a four-legged ...

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