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Questions tagged [grace-period]

The amount of time during which the inventor may still file a patent after disclosing the invention. This is 1 year in the US, and 0 in Europe.

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Do pre-sales also start the clock on the one year grace period?

Are pre-sales like crowd funding considered an actual sale which would start the clock on the one year grace period? Specifically I'm thinking about crowd funding websites like kickstarter.com ...
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Does usage of a website constitute public disclosure of the patentable server components for the website?

Does usage of a website constitute public disclosure of the patentable server components for the website? In other words: will the grace period start for server components as soon as users start ...
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Can a provisional patent application be filed within the 1 year grace period for after public disclosure?

Can a provisional patent application be filed within the 1 year grace period for after public disclosure, or does it need to be a non-provisional application?
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does beta testing software count as a sale?

Does beta-testing of software count as a sale and trigger the start of the one year grace period? I am referencing: "Under current U.S. law (35 U.S.C. §102(b)), a sale or offer for sale of the ...
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Can I file a patent after publishing as part of collaborative public content?

I have been considering a wikipedia style system for code (software), and am trying to figure out what the patent implications are. Aside from the risk of accidentally violating someone else's patent (...
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How can you reveal your product to the masses while still protecting your idea?

There are sites like kickstarter which allow you to demo/display/show off your product with hopes that these viewers will help you and invest/donate capital. How can I raise capital on an idea without ...
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Does a public discussion related to a patent invalidate the patent

If I discuss or seek advice from others on portions of a patent on public sites such as SO, does that invalidate the patent? For example, lets say I have an idea in mind of a software patent which ...
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Can software be patented after being made public?

Let's say I made software initially publicly available, but some time in the future I decided I wish to patent it. Could I? Is there any time limit on how long after making software publicly available ...