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when a patent is filed with an IDS form, what does "Information Disclosure Statement considered" mean?

Is Anyone familiar with this under the "Transaction description" tab? And if so, does this mean the application just started being examined by the examiner? how long after this will the ...
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Facing issues while e-filing provisional patent application

I am trying to file utility patent - provisional application. Facing these kind of issues? How to deal with it? I prepared all my documents using MS Word or MS Visio - then just saved them as PDF ...
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Citation Explainination of Paragraph three under description

In reference to the patent: US20140267936 Applicant mention a citation :- Another approach is disclosed in copending U.S. application Ser. No. ______, (Docket SPC0936PA) filed on even date ...
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Which countries require inventors to get a permission (e.g., a foreign filing license) to be allowed to file a patent in another country?

I read: When an inventor or a company, who is a resident in India, desires to file a patent application first in a country other than India, it is necessary to obtain an FFL from the Indian Patent ...
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How do you file for a patent, like how do you prepare a draft for the patent, in Canada?

I wanted to file for a patent in Canada. I don't know how to proceed with that like prepare a draft or something.
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Could we view a list of patents filed by an attorney on USPTO website?

Is this possible? I'm looking to hire attorneys who are majoring in certain fields.
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How was this Bitrex based repellent invention able to be patented while there were already similar bitrex based products invented before?

While browsing patents.google.com I stumbled on this invention that was patented in 2020. Its a repellent that's primarily based on the bitterant Denatonium and can be used to make certain plants ...
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Does the inventor's citizenship have to be indicated when filing a patent application to the USPTO?

A while ago, a patent lawyer was filing a patent application for me and a few others to the USPTO, and they asked us for our citizenships. I wonder why. Does the inventor's citizenship have to be ...
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WIPO Rules about drawings

The rules adopted by WIPO about drawings are quite restrictive. Only black lines, no colours and so on. But how strict are the officers when they evaluate them? Would s drawing made with a simple ...
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is a computer listing necessary for a provisional utility patent?

My invention is a printed circuit board with a micro-controller, which runs my software algorithm. The algorithm is about 3500 lines of source code. I just read USPTO rule that computer listing of ...
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Is the "Notification Date" the same as the "Mailing Date of [the Office Action]"? ...and relating ambiguities

An NFOA includes that the "[s]hortened statutory period for reply is set to expire 3 months from the mailing date of [that] communication"; however, the language mailing date appears rather ...
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Can an individual applicant assert micro entity status for their 6th patent if they asserted small entity status on their 4th application?

Assume Bob files 3 apps as a micro entity, and rightfully so. Bot misunderstand the rules, and thinks only 4 apps can be claimed as a micro entity. To twist it further, he decides that patent 5 is ...
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National phase after PCT with positive IPRP (chapter ii)

Help is much appreciated. I am a poor engineer trying to patent something on my own. I wrote and filed a US provisional application, then I wrote a PCT application and chose EPO as the Receiving ...
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How are election restrictions answered? My lawyer wants $1000USD just to tell them to proceed with claims 15-20

After a 2.5 year wait the patent office has finally responded to my patent application with an election restriction. While writing the application with my lawyer, it was obvious from the beginning ...
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How can I file a PCT patent from Non PCT country?

I want to file a international patent from Non PCT country.But my country is a member of Paris Convention. How can I file an international patent from my country?
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Protections for selling a business idea

Which protections is needed to be bought for a business idea? I like to sell it to a European citizen (of Course, for starting it in that country) and I am from a non-EU country.
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Can I refile my own provisional patent that has lapsed due to delay in responding to USPTO?

There was some issue with my provisional patent filing and the time given by USPTO to respond has lapsed. So, could I refile the patent as a NEW provisional patent filing under the SAME title 3 months ...
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Forgot to check 'Request Not To Publish'

Well I finally filed my utility patent application - about 20 minutes ago, electronically - and now I am wondering if I forgot to check the box for non-publication by the PTO. Is there any way to ...
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Common Pitfalls of filing NPA submission at USPTO

I am planning to file a non provisional application that is due this month 18-April. I intend to try e-file the NPA on Friday the 12th so as to have some time incase something does not go favorably. ...
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Revision of an application after submission, when responding to a deadline to maintain family continuity

I have a fast-approaching deadline to make payment on an NOA application (a CON on original granted patent), in order to get it granted. I also want to keep open the chance to extend the family by ...
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Filing with PCT first before any national application

Is it possible to file with PCT without filing for a national application first? My search on the web so far indicates yes, but the recommended route is to file a national/regional application first ...
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which documents need to be in a USPTO provisional utility patent for a software system

Presently I have: COVER SHEET ABSTRACT and CLAIMS What's missing?
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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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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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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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Software patenting questions

I am a student and I don't have enough money (not even nearly enough) to file a patent. I strongly believe in my idea and therefore I would give and do anything in my power to secure this patent. I ...
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I'm writing a provisional patent application for my app, and I have a couple of questions

I'm writing a provisional patent application for my app, but I'm confused. I've heard companies like Tinder or Facebook filing individual patents for features/technologies that they developed. So, ...
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Am I getting a response for Rescission of Previous Nonpublication Request?

I filed a US patent using EFS-Unregistered on June 1st, 2018 with request not to publish. I filed the related international ePCT on June 4th, 2018. I understood that I would need to rescind the ...
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can foreign company file patent in USPTO without a lawyer?

can a foreign company file a patent in USPTO without a lawyer? If yes Please tell me how.
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Signing Application-Data-Sheet (ADS) Using EFS-Web

This is the first time to file my application using USPTO's EFS-Web service. When I used the regular mail, the ADS document is always signed by hand, while here with EFS-Web I'm facing the following ...
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Order of Patent Inventors on a Patent Application

I am in process of patenting a device and was wondering if the order of the inventor has any significance? If there are 3 or 4 inventors, is there any special preference given to the first author? (...
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New data visualisation - Design or Utility patent

From what I have understood so far, a design patent is a form of legal protection granted to the ornamental design of a functional item. Design patents are a type of industrial design right. and a ...
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How best to patent idea while working for company?

I have an idea I would like to patent. I have not started working on the idea yet (and I'll swear to that in court). How best to keep my job without losing my intellectual property rights? The idea ...
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Naming New Inventors when Converting a Provisional Patent to a Full Patent

If I file a provisional patent application in the US and then convert it to a full patent in 1 year, can I name additional inventors on that full patent application?
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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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Soffer, Softer, Soifer

In reference to the patent: US2704622 Why is it called a "Soffer" when the inventor is named "Softer" or "Soifer" as seen in various locations on the patent? Which ones are spelling errors and which ...
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Is it possible to file a Freedom of Information Act requests for correspondence filed for a patent never published?

I believe there are some academics who are lying about their conflicts of interest that they were required to disclose, and that they may have applied for patents that did not even make it to the ...
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What to pay for an initial patent submission?

I am submitting a patent application to be filed. The USPTO asks to tick appropriate services Filing | Search | Exam Do I need to select and pay all of them at this stage OR for example Exam is ...
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about filing and making of prototype

For a design patent (medical clothing item) is it better to file provisional patent first? then regular one? Also can we use other items out there to construct our product (as in pieces of it used ...
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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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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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What is the difference between the filing and priority date, since it is the same date for this invention?

In reference to the patent: US634042
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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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Is this patent still active? Was it rejected prior? If so why? [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US20110299168 Looking to discuss this patent as we have the tech to develop it. Why has it been left under status of application for so long? Has something similar already ...
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Patent before beta release in India

Is it necessary to patent an idea or innovation before a beta version is released in India?
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Working in a large organization - have idea of my own-some questions

I am Working in a large organization. I have filled up application to file one patent - it's very bureaucratic(read political organization). It's myself and two other co-workers who did all the work(...
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Should I publish my idea prior to releasing a product to prevent a competitor from filing a blocking patent?

I have an idea for a new product but I have not yet manufactured or commercialized it. I am concerned that another company could block me from selling my product by filing for a patent on my idea ...
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PCT Application

If a Provisional Application is filed in USPTO, let us say on June 01 2015 and before June 01 2016 a proper PCT Application (an International Provisional Application, this is also a provisional) is ...
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How old do you have to be to file a patent

My son wants to file a patent and he is 12 years old. It is a pretty cool idea and he already has some interest in it. However, I am concerned that he isn't old enough to legally file or sign he ...
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Can a patent include a claim that is encompassed by an "abstract" claim rejected in a different pending application?

There is a pending patent that has a number of very abstract claims which are currently being denied for being "abstract ideas" (although the inventor may appeal at some point). I am currently working ...