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Questions tagged [patent-applications]

For questions relating to the preliminary steps of a patent, wherein an inventor or attorney files a draft of the patent either for review by a patent examiner, or in the case of provisional applications, for use later. Useful for questions relating to the drafting, scope, requirement, rules, and other such aspects of patent applications.

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Open source software was used in an invention. What should one keep in mind while patenting it?

I have developed a fault tolerant control method which I am trying to get patented. I have used scipy and numpy in the simulations which serves as a proof of concept. Would the fact that I've used ...
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Patent Claim Interpretation

In patent claims why the clause 'based on' is considered to have a broader scope as compared to the other clauses (e.g. using, depending, etc.).
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Sign patent assignment without reading it

My former company has asked me to sign several patent assignments since I left the company but they only ever send me the final signature page. I didn't care about signing the ones I knew about when I ...
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Patent Claim Drafting

why in US a preemptive claim is patent ineligible and why the absence of complete preemption also does not demonstrate that a claim is eligible.
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Prior art time relevance when filling continuing application

I was wondering whats considered a prior art when dealing with a continuing application? From reading online, once a continuing application is approved, it receives the allowance date of the original ...
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Multi dependent claims (Uses and Advantages)

What is the significance of multi dependent claims in infringement analysis? What are the advantages in claiming multi dependent claims over normal claims?
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What is the publication number of a patent?

I'm on the publicpair website and I can't find the publication number for a specific patent I'm researching; is there a place where the pub. number is located, or am I supposed to somehow derive it?
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How to counter a pending application

Following a question that appeared here before, What are the ways to fight\counter a pending application? I know you can file a third party preissuance, but what if it is past the date of eligible ...
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EPO Continuation Application

Similar to CON and CIP application in US, is it allowed to file a continuation application with new subject matter in EPO ?
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Third party preissuance for a rejected application

I have come across a patent that was granted 9 months + 10 days ago, the patent is very obvious but it was somewhat restricted in its implementation. I have now seen that the inventor filed another ...
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How do introduction rules of an invention's elements apply when you have several embodiments?

I have several embodiments of similar devices that all do the same thing, but in slightly different ways. Many of them use some of the same elements (pieces). So my question is this: as soon as I ...
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Claim Interpretation 35 USC 112

Is it possible to use Claim interpretation under 112 sixth paragraph (35 USC 112 (f)) only for patent invalidation without using 112 second paragraph (35 USC 112 (b))?
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What do the numbers next to each section in a patent mean?

For example, in this patent, what does the 12 next to "United States Patent" mean, or the 10 next to "Patent No."?
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Citing a Foreign Patent--How do include a copy?

So I'm including a foreign patent in my Information Disclosure Statement (IDS), and my resources tell me I need to include a copy of non-US patents. How do I do that? I plan to file via efs-web. I ...
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Page Numbers on Existing Patents

I'm filing nonprovisional utility patent and trying to fill out the Information Data Sheet with the related art. It requires page numbers. I've looked both on Google Patents and the USPTO's Full ...
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Language in claims for individual instance of a plurality

An element in an independent claim reads: a plurality of widgets Since everything I've read says you MUST refer to "said plurality of widgets" or "the plurality of widgets"... Also, if you may ...
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Patent filling in Argentina

Argentina is not part of the PCT and needs filling via national route. Does anyone know what are the basic steps and cost for filling there with a priority document written in English? I imagine that ...
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Are patent applications publicly available?

Are patent applications of pending patents publicly available? If so, can they be download somewhere?
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writing check to pay USPTO is good or not?

I need to pay USPTO $100 because my Micro Entity Application was filled incorrectly. I plan to pay by check. From the website, I read the following: Check or Money Order – make payable to "Director ...
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Legality of filing before there is an agreement?

An acquaintance is in the following situation… Bob is a PhD student. His advisor would like him to patent his work in the medical field. Bob writes patent application. Advisor adds another ...
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Claim language and use of “means”

I am writing a patent for a vice grip tool where I have designed a new release lever to open the lock but I want to include the original vice grip style release lever design in the claim. I am ...
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How should I structure the “Advantages” section of a patent application?

On page 210 of Patent It Yourself (18th edition), it explains that you can list the advantages of your invention in a narrative form. g. Advantages Although it is optional, you may list the ...
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No publication number? [duplicate]

What does it mean if both the "Earliest Publication No:" and "Earliest Publication Date:" entries in publicpair are blank ("-")? As a follow-up, how would I go about finding the publication number for ...
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What is a Formal Patent Search of Classification in Canadian patent law?

I am seeking to start patenting something, and have reached out to an organization that claims to be able to help with the patenting process. They want to do something they call a Formal Patent ...
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File one patent or many patents?

If my invention has several innovative features, is it best to file separate patents for each feature, or for the device as a whole, or both?
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Invention Protection for a Device With Two Different Mechanisms

If there is a device -I know that it have never been existed before- that can be implemented by two different mechanisms, lets say one rotary and the other is a linear movement mechanism. And they are ...
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What does “in a further preferred embodiment” refer to in a patent?

I'm reading through a patent and in the section titled "Detailed Description of Preferred Embodiment" there are several paragraphs that begin with: In a further preferred embodiment of the ...
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Is it necessary to define the expected usage scenario for a patent?

Let's say PERSON A has a patent idea for a new type of golf club... and in their patent application, they say the reason for the invention is that golfers need a better tool to do x,y, and z to help ...
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what is the registration no for the Certification of Micro Entity Status form

I am filing the CERTIFICATION OF MICRO ENTITY STATUS form. But I don't know where to get the Registration No., which is at the end of the form. Edit: I am doing it by myself for provisional.
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Mobile application Social network module patents

There are so many social networking apps available in AppStore and PlayStore. Almost all the modules and features are same in all those apps (like feedpage, photos/videos upload, chatting, etc). So If ...
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Does disclosure of an invention forever bar anyone (except you) from patenting it?

If someone discloses/markets a genuinely new (patentable) idea without patenting it (allows 12-months to go by without filing a provisional), does that mean that noone else will ever be able to patent ...
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can i tell about Ideas details before patent?

I have a business plan for selling apparel over the Internet, with unique features that distinguish this idea from other sites.before to patent this idea in the wipo , i can tell about particularity ...
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Patent Application Size

If I am searching for a patent agent to review a patent application, I would expect that the agent would want to understand the size / complexity of the work. How is this typically ballparked? For ...
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How to write claim language for a clasp designed for a variably sized enclosure?

I want to state that the clasping system in my invention can be used in any size of enclosure. Specifically, I have doubts between using the words: "may" or "is" 2 examples: "enclosure may be ...
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One Invention with many different applications

I have a single invention that has many different applications. Do i need to file a separate non provisional patent for each different use?
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WIPO translate-Patentscope download

Is there a simpler way to download machine translated patent text from WIPO Patentscope, beside copy-paste text from WIPO window? Is it possible to download/export bibliographical data + translated ...
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Can two different people own a patent in different countries?

Lets say two people work on an idea or product. Then they decide to go their separate ways since they are both moving to different countries, but agree to patent the invention in the respective ...
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Is coding knowledge required to file a patent for an app?

I have an idea in my head and I know how it will work. I can write about it in detail along with diagrams. But the problem is I don't know how to code. Can I file a patent for it with this much detail ...
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Set-theoretic view of dependent vs. independent claims

I know that the role of dependent claims has been thoroughly explained in another post in this forum. However, I wanted to clarify something, to see if I am getting this right: A dependent claim must ...
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How does patenting regarding Bluetooth technology work?

First of all, thanks for your time! Bluetooth technology basically uses a short radio to wireless connect two devices. I was wondering if it is possible to patent the use of Bluetooth technology ...
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How to I search for patents related to for videos/images/voice recorder?

I am planning to make one online gallery mobile application. In my mobile application I have to upload videos/Images/Voice Record message into cloud and showing in my User Interface. But is there any ...
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When would an entity decide to convert a provisional application to a non-provisional application

For the sake of simplicity, I will limit the scope to utility patents. In what scenarios would it be advantageous for an entity to convert a provisional utility application to a non-provisional ...
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How to search for examples of design patent applications?

I want to learn by looking at some examples of design patent applications. Is there a public repository of the history of a design patent application process as there are for trademarks? Thank you ...
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Step by step walk through for a United States low income patient

How do I apply for the patent process mentioned in the below question's answer? Can someone guide me on how to do this? Is there a cheaper patent for low income applicants? I understand that I am ...
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Patent search results - Prior art - Obviousness

Good afternoon all, I have had my search results back from the my patent application. The initial results show four pieces of prior art cited by the examiner. I had not included any citations ...
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Does “Reasons for Allowance” in transaction history description of PAIR point to a probable patent grant in the near future?

Following are the recent transaction descriptions of a patent application with US PTO with filing date Dec-27-2013 retrieved using PAIR. 01-02-2016 Document Verification 12-22-2015 **Reasons for ...
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Solabegron and antimuscarinic patent?

In reference to the patent: EP2600859A1 Has this patent been granted? Does it mean that 1. all combination therapy consisting of beta-3 agonists in combination with muscarinic agonists have been ...
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Canadian and intl patent application-in-process beat me to it

I had an idea for an invention. I found nothing similar on uspto.gov. Then I discovered Google Patents. I immediately found that someone from Canada is filing a patent for the same invention on the ...
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How Do I Check the Status of My Application or Registration?

How Do I Check the Status of My Application or Registration & get the summary description like this.
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The Application Data Sheet 37 CFR 1.76 form (aia0014.pdf) does not allow me to sign

I am trying to sign the PDF form aia0014.pdf. It states that signing is enabled but placing saved content is not. I have downloaded both Adobe Reader 11 and Adobe Reader DC, but the sign tools are ...