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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What is the "easiest" way to get a new examiner?

Let's suppose I have an examiner that is "difficult" (I won't elaborate this further, but it might be easier to "refile" the patent than to continue with this examiner). I know just refiling the ...
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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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Are hand drawn diagrams sufficient for provisional utility patent?

To save time, I want to do a USPTO provisional utility patent that includes hand drawn system diagram, software block diagram, and software flowchart. These will have ALL the same info. as the ...
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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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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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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 does (A) in patent number US744484(A) denote?

I also seen (C) in some, what do they denote? What can I learn about a patent or application based on its alpha-suffix?
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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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Is this patent still valid/enforceable? If the owner of a patent has failed to pay their maintenance dues, will the filed patent reflect that?

In reference to the patent: US8276282 Is this patent still valid/enforceable? If the owner of a patent has failed to pay their maintenance dues, will the filed patent reflect that?
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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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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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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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question about time periods for pre-exam processing

I have an invention that I'd like to pursue but there's a patent application for the exact same thing already in existence. However, it's been undergoing pre-exam processing since 2008. Is there any ...
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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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How to remove a file attached in a USPTO EFS WEB application?

I added a file which was found to contain some PDF errors (missing font) and the EFS web site is asking me to remove the file and reattach a correct version. Alas, I can't find any "remove" button or ...
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File provisional patent application in India before getting published in a Journal

I want to patent an algorithm in India. I have done enough prior art and I am sure that no such algorithm exists till date. The problem is I have also written a research paper for the same and ...
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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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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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