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How to check for EP divisional filings?

In the US, continuation applications of a given application can be checked for in the "Continuity Data" tab in PAIR. In the case of EPO, divisionals (the analogue of continuations) may be less common ...
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Can a PCT application, filed with piority, be withdrawn and refiled, and retain the original, now lapsed, priority?

I have filed a US provisional patent application last year. I filed a US non-provisional and PCT applications within the 12 month limit of the provisional and claimed the provisional as priority. The ...
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what is the difference between an EP patent (or publication) and a patent published in Europe?

I'm trying to understand the difference between a patent published in europe (or a publication with any country code) and an EP publication (published in EPO). What is the difference between ...
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can EP application takes priority from provisional patent?

I heard a EP file an application based on US provisional if the US provisional file a US application. so i will explain my doubt based on my example. A provisional patent(PP1) file on 1 jan 2016 and ...
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Can you claim internal priority with the PCT?

My initial reaction to the above question was yes. However, consider the following - if DE, JP and KR have problems with earlier applications, is the second PCT considered to supersede the first? Does ...
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Securing EU patents from US perspective

I am in the process of working with a team to author a NonProvisional Patent Application with the USPTO. QUESTION If I want to keep my options open for a EU Patent, what must I do / avoid?
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Drawings and practical implementation

In reference to the patent: WO 2009/018016 A2 In this patent there are no drawings and no any practical implementation is shown. How would I understand the practical concept?
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Time Limits on Filing Closed EPO application in United States?

A previous application for an European Patent Grant was "closed" by the European Patent Office. What is the time limit the same application can be filed with US Patent Office?
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EPO publication date

The EPO has so many publication dates for each patent: A1, A2, A3, A4. . . B1, B2, etc. Which should I use as publication date?
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Unpublished foreign applications considered prior art for EPO inventive step?

Is it true that third-party applications which are filed earlier but unpublished at the time of filing are not considered prior art for inventive step purposes in the EPO? If so, this is a huge ...
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Options for EPO post-grant challenges?

In the US, there are at least two USPTO proceedings that can be filed by third parties against invalid or unduly broad patents (e.g., in light of prior art not considered during prosecution): Ex ...
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How/where to download large amount of patent applications?

I am trying to find out how/where I can download large amount of patent application data. I'm particularly interested in readable data e.g. XML rather than PDF files which can be processed by machines....
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Limit on number of “Office Actions”/Reasoned Communications at EPO?

There are two scenarios where I am unsure what the practical limit on the number of "Communications"/objections from an EPO examiner would be. However, I do realize that the annuity fee requirement ...
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Patent pending - US and EU procedure and

I am ready to start searching for a grant or investor for developing my technology. It's two days I am looking for information, but really, I understand nothing from the articles online. I was ...
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ESPACENET/OPS patent families

In EPO web site there's a definition of patent families page and, relating to this definitions, in other pages of the site it's stated about ESPACENET equivalents that: Definition of the Espacenet ...