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Is this an actual patent? WO2012046284A2

In reference to the patent: WO2012046284A2 There is no technology described in this patent. There are wrong descriptions of scientific theories and many other errors. It even invokes religious ...
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Can seemingly unrelated claims be grouped together if they're part of the same broader invention?

Suppose I'm filing a patent about a new web based utility. Can various aspects of it, such as presentation, database setup, processing method, etc. be grouped together as individual claims in the ...
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Is there a Patent-to-English dictionary?

On another site, I learned that many words in U.S. patents have very specific meanings, subtly different from their usual meanings in English. For example, "comprising" is different from "consisting ...
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Inventive step and how to express multiple solutions to a problem

If an inventive step solves several problems outlined in the background, should you list each problem as an "object of the invention" separately and if so, do you need to address each solution ...
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Patent with Multiple Claims

Suppose a granted patent has four claims A,B,C and D. Can someone do what the patent teaches using only A,B and C only without infringing the issued patent? Ashok Mathur
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Combining two claims for two inventions in one patent

I was informed by the patent agent that I work with that I can combine two related inventions in one patent if they function together and use similar features. He said that by combining the two I ...
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Software invention with multiple aspects and method

In a software invention, if you describe two or more aspects of the invention. Are those aspects referred to as methods or they are defined as the method of the invention which cannot be divided. ...
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Two aspects of the same invention and one aspect is not unique

Ok, so suppose I have an iOS patentable application. The app consists of two components let us name them Com1 and Com2. Com1 is simply a normal means of input that takes input from the user of the app ...
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Software invention with two components

So, assume I have an iOS application with two components. Let us call those C1 and C2. C1 takes input from the user and does some calculations then stores it for C2 to do more calculations and display ...
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How to deal with two aspects of invention in claims

So, assume I have a software invention with two aspects. Let me provide an example to simplify things. Assume I invented a client and server. The client and server both communicate with one another. ...
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To patent a technology on a smart device and a yet to be made apparatus

I am reading on some patents and I want to make sure I understand them right. Let us follow my example which is a custom vibrator. I have no plans on making a patent over it, I am just using it as an ...
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Do you have to amend claims lacking novelty or an inventive step

If I file a patent application and it turns out some of my claims are lacking novelty, or an inventive step, do I need to amend those claims in order to comply with PCT Article 33(2) or PCT Article 33(...
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patent conjunctions

English grammar – states that [a]n article of a preposition applying to all the members of the series must either be used only before the first term or else be repeated before each term. 1) Is ...
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How to write claim with only novel elements of my invention

Hi, I have a prior art invention - invention A; My invention - "invention B" has most claims common to that of Invention A. But while structuring the claim, and speaking from perspective of ...
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Patent Troll Alert PCT/US2016/031871

In reference to the patent: WO2016186925A1 CLAIMS We claim: 1. A method of performing upscaling, the method comprising: parsing an input video; breaking the input video into individual frames; ...
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Claim dependence on later claim

Is it allowable in US patent applications to have a claim dependent on a later claim in an amendment? For example: (previously presented) The system of claim 17 where .... .... (currently amended) ...
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Independent claim construction - “Missing” keywords

I have been given the task of checking the most recent patents of our competitors for infringement. I must say I am not a specialist in patents but I mostly enjoy the learning experience. One of our ...
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Patent details changed without consent

I am the inventor of a live patent application which has been altered by the owner of the patent against my wishes. If I withdraw my name from the patent application will this stop the patent going ...
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why is this patent not reference significant previous work?

In reference to the patent: US20130024676 The patent application (with a 2011 date) is too broad and attempts to patent the entire concept of control flow integrity. There is HUGE previous work ...
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What does US20160034139 cover?

In reference to the patent: US20160034139 The patents link has no diagrams and hence it is very difficult to understand what this patent is all about. Can someone please explain? The first claim reads:...
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Multiple Inventions as Independent Claims

This may be a dumb question, but I cannot find the answer anywhere, so here it goes: Can I file multiple different and unrelated inventions as independent claims in one application? For example, let'...
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What is a method, what is a system, and what are the differences?

Very strange but I have researched this all over the web and so far have found no answer to this question. I even asked the law firm that is writing my patent application and they have hedged on the ...
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Request for explanation in easy words

In reference to the patent: US8463238 What does this patent claim? Could someone please explain the scope of this patent in plain English?
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Should a ridesharing platform be allowed a patent?

In reference to the patent: US20150058051 Knowing companies like Uber, AirBnb, RelayRides are share economy companies, what makes this company any different? If this man get a patent, does that mean ...
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Patent Drafting Method: Pros & cons of drafting claims and converting claims to descriptions

What are the advantages and liabilities, if any, of drafting patent claims for an invention first, and then converting the claims into a provisional patent specification with the same wording and ...
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Sweeping claims, patentability

I have an invention let's say a tea pot. I saw a patent with sweeping claims about tea pots. This specific patent is a tea pot that needs a lid to boil and I came up with a tea pot that doesn't need ...
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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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Avoid infringement by replacing a specific component

Suppose the Claim 1 of a patent is as follows: An assembly comprising: ...; a threaded nut positioned at least partially within the housing such that the nut is fixed against rotation ...
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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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Re patent on previous work

Are patents based on previous patent allowed ? http://www.google.com.au/patents/US5895642
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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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US vs Indian Patent System differences

We may be filing for a patent in India, and while our attorneys will be doing the heavy lifting, I was just curious about what major differences there are in the patent system between there and the ...
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Dependent claim arrangement

It is assumed that a device comprises 4 logic circuits with following relationships using arrows representing input and output signals. A first logic circuit --> a second logic circuit --> a third ...
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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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“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 interpretation for US7174229

In reference to the patent: US7174229 What is a simple-terms explanation of the claims from this patent? The first claim (from Google Patents) is: Apparatus for generating a delayed output ...
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Starting a company using this patent

In reference to the patent: WO2003023674A1 The mobile application that I am working on uses QR codes to store personal credit card information, and I'd like to know whether this would make me unable ...
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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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Where can I find the graphics for patent CA2311951C?

In reference to the patent: CA2311951C “Ice skate blade” I cannot see an image and cannot follow the claims without an image. Where can I find the referenced image(s)?
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What does claim 1 of US 2008/0255822 A1 cover?

In reference to the patent: US 2008/0255822 A1 Does this patent mean that no-one can do another architecture coverage driven test generator for ARM cores? This patent is quite generic and I believe ...
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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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Urgent - My Patent Application received a Non-Final Rejection, Advice?

I have written a computer program which combines two patented ideas, but provides a new and much needed function, and service for that matter. Hence the big money corps stand to make from the use of ...
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Does a product infringe on a patent if it requires the use of the patented product to function?

Background: Let's look at a simplified example. Patent Claim #1: "A system for 'some function X' comprising: a sending device... a receiving device..." Question: If a new product provides the ...
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Understanding divided infringement in method claims

This question might be too detailed for this site, but I will give it a shot... This question relates to divided infringement and when a method claim will have multiple actors. Consider the following ...
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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 ...