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Questions involving patent issues across multiple countries. If your question is about a specific region or country (Eu, China, ...) please include that tag. If your question is about PCT applications (sometimes called international patents), please include that tag.

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Corpus of (non-automatically) translated patents

A question from a patent outsider: is there any point in the patent process in which a patent might be translated (by a human, not automatically)? I am looking for patents in multiple languages to ...
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Hiring a US patent attorney that is able to help with getting patents in the EU and China

I plan to get patents for my invention in the US, EU, and China. I am in the US. Is it common for US attorneys to either have the capacity to help with getting patents in other countries like the EU ...
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If a company is selling a product from my patent in another country, can I get them to stop by filing patent in the country that the company is sellin

This question is a spinoff of this one: If I license my patent to a corporation, would that tip them off to try to claim this patent in another country? From the question above, I learned that if I ...
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Are there people who constantly look up newly granted patents in one country so that they can use it in another country?

If you are only considering filing a patent in one country, then as soon as your patent is granted it becomes public. So that means that someone in China will be able to manufacture and sell the ...
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How to Understand CNIPA's National Interest Rules

Last month my patent was fully granted in Japan. I have only a short while longer until my PCT 30 month period expires. China is interesting to me especially for Hong Kong. I watched a video on ...
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Where can I find all the reference documentation for a PCT?

This means all the communications and documents submitted, generated, exchanged and issued during the international phase (PCT) and all the communications and documents submitted, generated, exchanged ...
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Can technology manufactured in UK be sold in US if only US patented but earlier manufactured in UK

If a technology was initially invented, manufactured and sold in the UK around 2008, but not patented, and a similar technology was later patented in the US in 2015 by a different company, can the ...
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Global ethical implications of a US patent

I would like to understand the ethics of Patents. There is a product that is currently sold worldwide, with a patent in the US only. If I was to sell the same product (diff. logo) in the UK/EU, what ...
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Nationals to file for patent in their countries first

This is merely a hypothetical scenario but, I've been reading this article with regards to patents made by Greek nationals, which states that: In cases where they are working in scientific research ...
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What counts as patents of "Foreign Origin" in the USPTO statistics?

The U.S. Patent Statistics Chart Calendar Years 1963 - 2019 (mirror) distinguish Applications of "U.S. Origin" from Applications of "Foreign Origin". What counts as patents of "Foreign Origin" in ...
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How is a US patent linked to the non-us person's identity?

I was wondering, how is a patent linked to the owning people who reside outside US? It cannot be only assigned by name of course. There might be thousands of people by the same name. Is it linked to, ...
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Options for commercializing a concept already covered by patent?

Over time I have developed a process and system for performing a core task in my field. The system is genuinely revolutionary, reducing the time required to perform the work by a factor of between ...
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Patents that have been filed through the PCT

How do I confirm if an United States patent has been filed through the PCT ? Is there a number(cover page) on a granted patent that shows all the countries that the invention are protected in as well ?...
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What can we do if a manufacturer in China copy our US patented product and sell them directly to US end user through E commerce

What can we do if a manufacturer in China copied our US patented product and constantly sell their copies to US buyers through international E commerce platform? This Chinese company does not have a ...
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PCT application: when is the last chance to file divisional applications?

Overview: I have several related inventions in a slowly emerging industry. Goal of minimizing upfront cost: I'm trying to preserve an early priority date while minimizing/delaying upfront cost as ...
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Can the same patent be extended to a new country without one of the original co-author

Back in 2017 I signed a patent contract with the company in which I used to work as one of the co-authors of an invention that was going to be patented in Europe. In this contract I was forced (...
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How to deal with patents that others hold?

I am an aspiring inventor and in the best case scenario I will be developing smartphones but something that is a huge hurdle for me are the patents that other people hold. I mean one company patented ...
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Can I develop a product in the UK that has a US only patent?

My idea has recently been granted a patent in the US. I am based in the UK. Can I still develop and market the product in my local territory? I assume the US patent holders could apply and be granted ...
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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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The allowability of amendments

My PCT application (at EPO) has been rejected due to the lack of novelty and inventive step. Now, I am considering amendment of the claims under Article 34 PCT. The description contains the following ...
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An idea for mobile phones screen utility option

I have an idea! (Just) in my mind.it is a very useful idea when it will b practicly use in for upcoming mobie phone which will be more convenient to use there phons easily... So shall I patent my ...
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Is this patent legal?

In reference to the patent: EP3247374A1 Is this patent an infringement in progress? This patent is currently being discussed (2018-4-24) as a hot topic in China Taiwan's media. The patent was ...
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publish date vs priority date in pct countries for novelty purposes

I filed a provisional patent application "PPA" on January 1st, 2017 with the USPTO. Then I missed the 12 month deadline to file in the PCT to preserve my international rights in those participating ...
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Is there a cheaper patent for low income applicants?

Is there a government supplement that offsets the cost of obtaining a patent for low income families?
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Estoppel from international phase amendments

In a PCT filing, is there any estoppel effect of arguments presented during the international phase (under art 19 or art 34) on national phase filings?
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Is this patent limited to the usa or internationally?

In reference to the patent: US8424138
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Is this patent for the entire unit or just a specific part?

In reference to the patent: US7926598
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Is Patent No. : 9,717,352 Issue Date : August 1, 2017 valid in India

Is Patent No. : 9,717,352 Issue Date : August 1, 2017 in US is valid in India
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If each country is resonsible for its own patents, can an invention be copied from one country to another?

I'm new to patents and am a bit confused by the whole system. To my understanding a patent is applied at a federal level. Does this mean someone can go to France, see an invention that is patented ...
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What if the cloud is located where the patent is null?

In reference to the patent: WO2017054090A1 I just wanted to know if someone can barely do the same thing as claimed but with a cloud located where the patent is not filed/granted/valid. For exemple, ...
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PPH: Only requesting subset of claims in OLE

The requirements for PPH request at the USPTO (OLE - office of later examination, in this case) include: at least one claim was allowed in office of earlier examination (OEE) all claims requested for ...
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There is nothing new in this patent. WfMS and BPM platforms have been known for decades

In reference to the patent: CA2829469A1 BPM (Business Process Management) and WfMS (Workflow Management System) technologies, implementations, platforms, COTS solutions, and application have been ...
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Utility patent and Pct/ two products/ another continent

Like 2 years ago a develop a product in Africa and made a prototype that end up working amazing. So i search any product in Africa and there is none, but in USA there are two. One with Utility ...
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Should I file a national or an international patent application?

I am a student and I only intend to apply for a certification for my business idea and then, I'll sell it. This business idea has potential to have branches in different countries and I have ...
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"Designated countries for regional patents"

What does the entry called "Designated countries for regional patents" mean (in Google Patents)? Can you make your U.S. patent international by simply designating some other countries in your filing?
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Patenting Inventions and Commercialisation

This will be my first time asking a question, so forgive me if I duplicate an existing question. I have designed which I believe is a novel method in the form of a product for an existing process (i....
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What is the effect of a US patent in Brazil?

I would like some help in regards to patent number US 20020187719 A1/ US6666740. I would like to manufacture something similar in Brazil, but don't want to infringe any patents. That is why I'd like ...
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Is this patent application granted, abandonded or pending? Which countries does it cover? Are there family members?

Is the patent link to the patent valid? Has it been granted? For which countries does the protection apply? Are there other patents associated wth it? How do I know all this? (This question is ...
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US20050258178 is this patent vaild in the EU

In reference to the patent: US20050258178 Is this patent still paid up and vaild? in The EU?
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Can i patent a product in usa that was already invented in china?

I was developing my idea because I saw a need in people and could patent it and then sell it. I look at the US patents and it does not exist, but when looking for the product in other countries I ...
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Can an invention get international protection after revealed to public 12 or 18 months?

I revealed the invention to the public more than 12 months, nearly 17 months. While the details of the application are not revealed, the idea and some implements are revealed to an internet forum. I ...
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Using a US-patented invention in Canada

Are there any limitations or processes for using a patent in Canada that is registered only in the US? Are there any liability issues? Would I be infringing?
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This patent seems to be prior art to a patent listed in this Indegogo project?

In reference to the patent: US7798499 Jurni ultimate sit on carry on suitcase Which invention infringes the other? In other words is the Jurni developed in CA 2000 unreferenced prior art to ...
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validity of pharmaceutical patent in another country

If a pharmaceutical is patented in the US could it be produced and sold freely in another country?
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Is this patent issued?

In reference to the patent: WO2005071644A1 How can I find out whether any patents have been granted resultant from this WIPO application?
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Filing of a PCT without disclosing all previous applications

A competitor of mine has filed a PCT application recently. They operate in Pakistan and Canada. I would like to challenge this PCT application. The timeline is my concern here: 2013-11-04: They ...
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has Geomagnetism being used for generation of electricity?

I have invented a device which uses earth's magnetic field to generate a good and usable amount of electricity more efficient than solar cells.Is this device patent-able or this has been already ...
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Patent. What is the paris convention What are the principal features of the paris convention?

What is the paris convention and What are the principal features of the paris convention?
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Patenting a game idea in India

I am having an idea related with a game, and I'd like to get it patented. I am a resident from India. If I patent this gaming idea in my country, would it be valid in an international level, so that ...
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Filing in foreign office before domestic one, will the patent be rejected?

I know that some countries have security concern, and patent must be filed at domestic office to check for security before filing at foreign office. The question is, what if I filed at foreign office ...
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