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Is it practical for a novice to successfully file a patent without hiring a patent lawyer?

I am an undergraduate student in the US, and have come up with a (hopefully) patentable idea independently of my studies. The upside of that is the university cannot claim any rights to my invention; ...
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How detailed should a provisional patent application be? (Software)

I am considering filing for a provisional patent which deals with mobile and web technologies. Now this is a method to do something. But how detailed do I go? Right now, I have something working in ...
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Patent filing procedure without a patent attorney

This is the first time I'm thinking about filing a patent, and I don't know where to start. First of all I'm not from the USA but I want to file a patent with the USPTO without a patent attorney as I ...
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How can the difference between “Priority Date” and “Filing Date” be greater than 1 year?

For most patents (at least the ones I looked at) there is no more than 1 year difference between "Priority Date" and "Filing Date": often exactly 1 year, and if not, just under 1 year. This must be ...
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Stolen Idea Patented

I think I made a mistake about a month ago and disclosed an idea that I had to a colleague. I'm in the process of taking the idea to market, but it hasn't gone public yet. I wasn't planning on ...
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What are the risks of writing a patent specification without an attorney?

I'm working on a prototype for my invention. My situation is that I can't afford a patent attorney at the moment. So my plan is to file a specification for the invention myself, no claims yet. Then ...
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Risks of splitting invention into multiple patents?

There is a similarly-titled question that asks whether it is possible to split an invention into multiple patents. The question here is what are potential risks of doing so. Patents may potentially ...
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How to torpedo a bad patent my former large employer is filing?

I worked for a large software company recently and quit to go work a much better place. I thought I had a clean break, but apparently the company is filing to patent work I did there. The specific ...
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What happens if I don't pay the issue fee?

Does the patent become abandoned? If yes, can I revive it? Under what conditions? Is it any different if I didn't pay the maintenance fee? Do I get any protection from such a patent? Is the ...
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Are there any advantages to making your first filing in one country vs. another?

Is it always better to file a patent in United States first before extending it to other countries? What if we do the reverse: file patent in a small country then only extend it to the United States. ...
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is a provisional utility patent the way I need to go?

I want to protect my invention as soon as, and as fast as possible with a provisional utility patent for the software and hardware design, and then have 12 months to complete the claims, etc. for the ...
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Patent filing via international PCT system

After filing an US application how much time should the applicant wait to file a PCT application? What are the benefits of filing early or late?
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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 ...