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Is there a custom or policy of obfuscating dangerous details in patents?

I was reviewing an expired U.S. patent for a clever industrial process that is sufficiently dangerous that it should not be attempted by people not skilled in the art. Throughout the patent, ...
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Utility patent prohibiting against certain content

Suppose a claim in a patent reads: A method of custom quotation for manufacture of a part, the method comprising: ... using a processing device automatically generating a ...
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How should I structure my claims and embodiments in regards to a patent for an invention to be implemented by a text editor?

In US patent law, how are claims that are dependent on an earlier claim affec the interpretation of the earlier claim. Is the prior claim's interpretation based on each dependent claim, or is the ...
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Tips on how to get software patent application approved

What are some tips to get software patent application approved by USPO? I'm responsible for the software development at a startup, and to protect our Intellectual Property I need to submit multiple ...
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Re patent on previous work

Are patents based on previous patent allowed ? http://www.google.com.au/patents/US5895642
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“Further” usage in chained claims and in non-chained claims

I have a logic block that has 3 logic circuits: a first logic circuit, a second logic circuit and a third logic circuit. When all three circuit claims are chained, I have: (..), as in claim 1, ...
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Can a competitor see my unpatented product in the market and patent it before I do?

Suppose I come up with a product with some characteristics that are unique enough that it could be patented. However, I don't have enough money to file for a patent at the launch date. Can a ...
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If a patent refers to the use of a “strap”, can I use a “chain” instead and not be in violation of the patent?

A patent claim states a "strap used to suspend the motor". Can I use a chain to suspend the motor and not be in violation of the patent. I looked up the definition of a strap and from what I can tell ...
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Should I use math notation in a patent application in light of Alice decision.

I use some math notation in my software/method patent application to make the description precise. I am not claiming any mathematical operations. Could it be that just the usage of math notations ...
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“Package delivery notification system and method” claims

This is obvious to anyone who has ever waited for a package to be delivered to their house. What does this patent actually claim, and what makes it novel from the systems we all use? In reference to ...
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Can someone explain the term “commonly owned”?

As seen in a patent application, can someone please explain to a layperson what this term means? "All claims of the present invention application are commonly owned." I am having a heck of a time ...
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Claims: When to use “wherein”? Should I always use “further comprising”?

I'm under the impression that being too specific is a bad idea in dependent claims. But is there a case when I really have to be, and therefore cannot use "further comprising" but rather I must use "...
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Would I be violating the patent if I produced a similar product with completely different methods and had different intentions for product?

In reference to the patent: US7123424 I would like to make a similar product, but I do not know if I am violating their patent. It is very broad and obviously trying to protect it from being ...
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If a dependent claim only limits the independent claim, then is it still infringement when a product only differs from that dependent claim?

If a dependent claim only limits the independent claim, then is it still infringement when a product only differs from that dependent claim? For example: ~~~ (Independent claim:) 1. A device for ...
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Why Large number of claims and figures are allowed and its Benefits?

In reference to the patent: US20120227389 How is it possible to apply and expect a grant with 353 claims and 545 figures? Why They are allowed? What are benefits? This person has granted patents ...
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This is the same thing as SleekEZ that is already on the market or not?

In reference to the patent: US20150047576 From this application's claims, What is claimed is: A grooming tool comprising: a blade; a solid wooden handle; wherein said blade is contained ...
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prior art proof

I filed a provisional application in 1994 . Then i sent a full description of my invention to an eminent professor in the field of that invention in USA, soon after filing the provisional application ,...
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What is the role of dependent claims?

I am very new to filing patents, What is the role of dependent claims? Couldn't I just have one claim with any details required? What is the difference in haveing one, two, or ten claims? When I ...
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What's the best approach to document a claim?

I'm wondering what the best way to match prior art to a claim you feel is invalid. I have found examples applicants use with the USPTO, so I would imagine using that same format to invalidate a claim ...
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Can I refer to a dependent claim, to a word that is in the claim that the dependent claim depends on?

For example: It is a system comprising X, Y, Z The system of claim 1, wherein X is W The system of claim 2, wherein Z is P connected to W In the claim 3, I need to refer to both Z (which is in the ...
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An obvious prior art… mobile phone

Shouldn't an obvious prior art of this claim be any smart phone / mobile phone with video screen, speaker and a port which load images for display? What is claimed is: An electronic media ...
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Detailed description of a system to suit system and method claims

I'm writing the detailed description of a computer implemented system. I have explained what the system does, that's where the inventive subject matter is. I have explained an exemplary architecture ...
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Claims - When is it a good idea to let the Patent Examiner make one for you?

I heard you can request the examiner formulate one claim for you. When is this a good idea? If the goal of a patent is to merely document the existence of some novelty without trying to claim the ...
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Could I be sued by this side project because of Patent US5732138?

There used to be a website, lavarand.com that would generate random numbers via a camera aimed at a lava lamp. This idea was patented with US5732138, but the website has since been shut down. I think ...
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Is something that a user does, an step of a method

Can I write a claim as: A method for detecting X comprising the steps of: Entering Z by the user, Specifying the dimensions of Y by the user ...
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Do they regard the whole claims of my patent for detecting the patentability of others' application or only my independent claims?

Let's bring an example : Independent claim 1: It is an awesome equipment to detect X, dependent claim 2: the equipment of claim 1 detects X using a fork. If it was granted, would it mean that no one ...
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Do they regard the whole claims to reject a patent based on Prior Art or only independent claims?

Let's bring an example (note I am naive in writing or understanding claims): Independent claim 1: It is an awesome equipment to detect X, dependent claim 2: the equipment of claim 1 detects X using a ...
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Can I broaden a patent while it is tested to work with specific conditions and environment?

Suppose that I am going to file a patent about defect detection of a specific equipment based on machine vision (even its technology belongs to X company) I implemented the system and it works for ...
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How to check the novelty in a patent?

When I read some patents, I often don't understand their novelty, especially with CIP and CP applications. Is it by checking backward citations and compare with present claims?
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US 2013/0206605 A1 too broad, little novelty

To include production of hydrocarbons in title of this application is over-reaching. Where is the disclosure to support its inclusion? Shouldn't there be a way to sanction those who pollute the ...
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Patent specification

In reference to the patent: US 2,738,257 Has the patent been granted for the complete method or for the compound mixture?
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What is the inventive step in CA2726258A1?

In reference to the patent: CA2726258A1, "Anti-tumoural effects of cannabinoid combinations". It looks like this patent application was actually a report done on a study about the efficacy of using ...
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Claims with reference to single dependent claims

I understand that one cannot claim with reference to a multiple dependent claims as set forth in MPEP 608.01(n) Dependent Claims[R-11.2013]. However, can one have claims with reference to a single ...
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How detailed can be independent claims in a PCT utility application?

I am currently writing claims for a PCT utility application. It appears my independent claim is rather lengthy and can be broken down into many dependent claims, but that is not what I am after. My ...
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How can I find the claims of US 918,884, which are not listed on Google Patents?

In reference to patent US 918,884, where can I go to find the claims of this patent? Google Patents appears to have a recursive link for where to find them.
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Does my product infringe on claim 1 of EP 2342386 A1?

I am producing a rainwater collection system and am not sure if the current system infringes on Nigel O'driscoll's Rainwater harvesting system (EP 2342386 A1), which is listed as follows: A ...
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I have a problem about the US Patent Examiner's requirement for the use of “a” rather than “the” in three of my claims

I am in the process of prosecuting a U.S. Patent application and have a concern regarding the way the examiner wants to change the wording of three of my claims. The examiner states that the claims ...
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How strict are patent claims?

If there were a patent US1111111, which read: US1111111: A "thing" for doing something. The invention claimed is: A "thing". A "thing" of claim 1, which uses a "thing 2"....
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Is traditional plant material improvement sufficiently descriptive to be considered full disclosure

Patent WO2008110876 A1 discloses a method to enhance the oil production capability of tobacco seeds by means of either mutagenising (chemically inducing mutations) or hybridising existing varieties of ...
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Reply to office action scope

If you reply to office action does the same rules apply as in normal amendments? That is: That is you may not amend beyond the scope of the original body of the specification. You may not amend ...
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What is the Largest Number of Claims in any Granted Patent?

In my patent searches, I have found some patents with upwards of 300 claims. This has me impressed. I'm wondering what the world record for the greatest number of claims in any patent is. Does anyone ...
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What is the relationship between US20080195499 and Bitcoin?

In reference to the patent application: US20080195499 We found a patent that seems to cover sending and receiving funds via Bitcoin. I'm curious of how this might affect Bitcoin and existing companies ...
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New invention covered by claim of other invention

Suppose a patent application is filed, claiming a method+device that solves some problem. In the patent text it is written that the method can solve A & B, but it explicitly mentions that it ...
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Similar Patents, Sweeping Claims

I have an Idea/Potential Patent, but someone else has a similar patent out. Our inventions are substantially different in design. One of their claims is very very general and seems to exclude an ...
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What happened to dependent claims if referred independent claim rejected?

I have an independent claim in my application for software patent that could be rejected on grounds like "abstract idea". There are a few dependent claims with limitations that hopefully pass the bar. ...
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How to Use Patented Method Without Infringing?

I would like to use the method disclosed (via claims) in this patent for my invention http://www.google.com/patents/US8568309 . That is, I am creating a glucometer, using this inventor's method for ...
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How is this inventive over Zagon application?

In reference to the patent: US20100273821 The pharmacological effects on each of the opioid receptors is different and the potency of available opioid agents at each of these receptors and indeed ...
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Query on existing SDP attribute related to this patent

In reference to the patent: US20120195235 How is this different from existing SDP attribute "a=lang" as given in RFC 4566?
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role of “processor” in software method claims

I am wondering if I should explicitly refer to processor in software method claims, like "...comprising executing on a processor the steps of..." or it is enough to say "computer-implemented method" ...
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What exactly is the patent on?

In reference to the patent: USD433631 Is the patent on the idea of a label that rips in the middle of the jar? Is there any way to find out more information about this patent?