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Patent During Software Development - When is the best time?

My company is currently developing software and we are interested in pursuing a patent for it. My question is should I file patent it prior to completing the final version - we are about 1-2 months ...
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Word order consistency?

I have read that in patent drafting you have to be consistent with the terms you use. For example, if you refer to a “motor” in one place don't refer to it as “engine” in another place. What about ...
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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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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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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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This is my Grandfather's patent

Bruce Percival Warburton is my Grandfather. My Grandmother knew of his invented drill bit but she did not know it was patented. How, out of interest, are these patents located - and now about 50 years ...
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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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What is tricryption?

I'm reading though a patent that's part of a suit (I have a morbid curiosity at times). The patent is US 8402281, Data security system for a database. There's a sentence in the document that states: ...
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The PDF of this document has cut off several lines of text / readability issues

For patent us20040167786: this specific patent's PDF is in "landscape" format, but it appears to have been perhaps written in the usual "portrait" mode. The reason that this is noteworthy is that I ...
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What is a request for continued examination?

I have received a final office action with a rejection. My patent attorney advised going for an RCE (request for continued examination). How does it work? and how many RCE can one request?
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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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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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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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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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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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How and where to file USPTO Patent application?

What are the formats and ways to file US patent application and where to file? List of Documents required to file Patent application?
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First country to file patent EP2376067

Which is the first country to file patent on DIRECTLY COMPRESSIBLE GRANULAR MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE BASED EXCIPIENT, MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND USE THEREOF ie. patent no. EP2376067 and whether the ...
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Provisional Patent Application validity questions

I am considering filing a Provisional Patent Application (PPA) on my own. If PPAs are never examined, is it correct to assume that I get a "patent pending" on whatever (since it is not ...
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Can I file test/ null provisional/ non provisional patent?

I will try to file a test patent, basically a null patent for familiarizing with the filing process without spending any money. Is there any legal issue with this?
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Is a mathematical method an embodiment, or a ramification?

I am applying for a patent on a method to allocate transportation resources (e.g. trucks) among loads. Central to the patent is a (very simple) mathematical formula, into which I plug some variables (...
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What is the most economical way to file a US patent

I have a product that I am confident will be granted a patent. I am also confident that it is worth patenting from a commercial point of view. Whilst being very different and not obvious, the product ...
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Should I build a mock up of the improvement I am looking to patent before filing?

I am looking to make an improvement on a product already in place. Is it crucial to build a mock up of what I am proposing? How specific do I need to be with my improvement idea? Do I need to include ...
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Formal response after examiner's amendment

I've received a Notice of Allowance for claims contained in an examiner's amendment. The claims aren't exactly as I'd want them, but I feel my options are limited. I know I can file a continuation ...
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Headings and subheadings in detailed description

I'm writing the detailed description of a computer implemented system that involves a lot of steps that I describe using flowcharts at various levels of abstraction. If I was writing the documentation ...
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Confidentiality of revised diagrams in a provisional application

If I file a revision to a provisional patent (some diagrams are not detailed enough), would the original diagrams be automatically destroyed / kept secret, or will they still show?
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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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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 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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Is it better for the inventor or the patent agent to sign for small/micro entity status?

According to 37 CFR 1.33b, correspondence relating to a patent application should be signed by either a patent practitioner or the inventor(s). Reading the section makes me think it is generally ...
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NO PATENT ISSUED AFTER FILING NINE YEARS AGO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

There is no issue date on this patent. The application was filed in April of 2005, so how long can a person hold an idea that has yet to be patent? Can a person manufacture and sell an item that isn'...
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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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Can a same provisional application be filed in two different countries?

My colleagues in China and I (in a US University) has filed provisional application (both names are in the applcation) to the US Patent Office. Can my colleauges in China file the a patent ...
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USPTO online filing fees

What is the fees for online filing of a patent application in USPTO, by an individual who is not a US citizen, assuming the patent is already filed in the native country?
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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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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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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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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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Is patent EP2382885 awarded or pending?

A foldable footwear, EP2382885 A1 Is this patent awarded or pending? If it is pending, how long will it be before a decision is issued?
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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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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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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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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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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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Old patents worth any value [duplicate]

http://patent.ipexl.com/inventor/scott_ernest_george_1.html I hold several original patents in their original leather covers belonging to earnest George Scott. This one is the patent for The ...
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What is the average time for a utility patent to be approved?

What is the average length of time for a utility patent to be approved?
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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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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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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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Registering a new patent

I want to know how to register a new patent and from where I can register my new patent? What will be the lifetime of a registered patent?