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Objecting granted Patent based on own e-mail correspondence as Prior art?

15 years ago I filed a provisional patent to establish myself as first in line to patent an idea for a novel internet business. I then submitted the idea (my working notes and flowchart) to a ...
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Patent application as defensive disclosure

Is filing a patent effective as defensive disclosure if the the patent is not granted? Any application is published after 18 months (except publication delay request) or if the patent doesn't pass a ...
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At what point do conversations become prior art?

Is a conversation between two colleagues or a group in a lab meeting considered prior art? Neither are in a public forum. Is there an assumption of confidentiality?
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Options for submitting prior art on a patent application after the 6 month window passed?

There's a patent application close to issuance for an "invention" we have significant pieces of prior art for, but the time allowed for third party submissions under 35 U.S.C. 122(e) has passed. MPEP ...
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