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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Is this patent valid? Granted? 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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Software invention with two components

So, assume I have an iOS application with two components. Let us call those C1 and C2. C1 takes input from the user and does some calculations then stores it for C2 to do more calculations and display ...
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Citing art in body of application?

What factors should an inventor consider when deciding whether or not to include references to other art in the background section of their patent application? It no longer seems to be a common ...
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Where to do download patents data?

I've looked at : http://www.patentsview.org/download/ and the "claim" download is 10GB in size. Is there a smaller download size location can download patents over past approx 30 years in xml/csv ...
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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 do entrepreneurs determine if their idea is not infringing any patents

There's the idea to build a business out of, but how would I know I'm not infringing any of those thousands of applications and grants? It seems to be impossible to read the claims in all of those in ...
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Is this an approved patent?

In reference to the patent: WO2008150815A2
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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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In disclosing details of an approved (NOA) but unpublished U.S. patent, is there risk of someone adapting it for a foreign patent application?

The question relates to a patent with a current status of NOA, but not officially granted and not yet published. Specifically the context is disclosure of the application details and (in my case) a ...
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How to deal with two aspects of invention in claims

So, assume I have a software invention with two aspects. Let me provide an example to simplify things. Assume I invented a client and server. The client and server both communicate with one another. ...
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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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Do divisional applications have the same detailed description?

I read some patents, it seems they were divided from a single application as the detailed descriptions are the same. The question is, when an application is divided into multiple applications because ...
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Can an idea be released into the public domain while patent is pending?

I understand that a successful patent application can take several years from first filing to granted. I'm trying to understand what options a startup has in making progress on developing the product ...
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Do i need to file multiple design patents if the product can use different country plugs

My design uses an integrated plug, for example US, EU, European plugs, do i need to file multiple design patents for the different plug options? Or is one plug ok to show the ornamental design for ...
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Improvement or new invention

I filed a simple provisional application on an idea, weeks later i realized that i can do better with this invention, added new material, new attachment, added a catch, and added an other uses for the ...
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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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Can WIPO application filed after 12 months from priority date?

I forget to file WIPO application after 12 months from priority date of a US provisional application. While within 12 months I filed US non provisional application, is there any way to file ...
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Chaining unrelated inventions

I asked this question and it seems there divisional applications can have the same detailed description. I know that before the patent is issued, I can file another application claim priority date of ...
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Applying for a patent that is similar to a granted patent

There is a product I want to create, but noticed there is a patent for it. However the first claim is compromised of 5 components. I am wondering if it's possible to be granted a patent that takes ...