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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If a patent application exists can I develop an implementation and post it online?

I was working on a piece of software, and after implementing the entire system I looked up similar devices in the USPTO search for applications. I found a patent application (submitted april 2020) ...
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How to find if US patent is applicable in INDIA? How to find the PCT number?

US20160255970A1 has US patent..how to identify if they have applicability in Indian and European Markets? How to find the PCT number?
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Developing a software module to access USPTO Private Pair for my firm

I was told USPTO does not provide API for accessing their Private Pair data. However, I understand that a few docking software available claim that they are access USPTO Private Pair with the right ...
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Question about joint patent ownership

Suppose company A and company B jointly own the rights of a patent, and that this patent results from the work collaboration between inventor 1 (from company A) and inventors 2, 3 (from company B). ...
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Filing for a patent for a artificial intelligence program?

I’m working on an AI project that may well be commercially viable. Does anybody know about filing for a patent for an AI program? How much information about the software model would I be required to ...
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Is there a way to completely cancel earlier applications?

I am looking to use my UK-B application below to file a new PCT-B so that I do not have to prove novelty and inventiveness over the PCT1. 1) UK-A filed on 05/19 now withdrawn without being published ...
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Understanding search report

Following the great advice of @George White, i went on and checked patents against the PUBLIC PAIR database, to understand the flow between the applicant and the examiner, as well as the uk equivalent....
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If I am not able to find patent then can I consider it expired?

I downloaded a patent from internet and when tried to find its status that if it is active even today or not was not able to find on Intellectual Property of India website even by searching it from ...
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Video game mechanics patentable?

Can you patent your video game mechanics? Like if Flappy Bird mechanics had been patented by the guys who made the helecopter game (original flappy bird), could the creator of Flappy Bird be sued for ...
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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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Do you know any IP firms who can provide input in the design of an invention?

I am looking for firms who are willing to develop expertise and take an idea described in a paragraph and transform it into a patent application. This means they will be willing and capable of gaining ...
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Withdrawal of Notice of Allowance

After receiving an NOA and paying the fee, I was anticipating an issue notification within days. Two days after paying the fee, I instead received a Notice of Withdrawal of Allowance. recorks ...
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How can I improve a PCT?

I have applied for a national patent and then I applied for a PCT claiming priority over the national patent and then I applied for a second national patent with improved content over the PCT just few ...
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Would it be possible to get patent for SQL-like database querying language?

Would it be possible to get a patent for a data querying language similar to SQL? And, roughly estimate - how much money and time (from application to approval) would it take?
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What is the likelihood I can get permission to use recording process as Udacity has on their videos?

I'm starting a side business for educational software engineering videos and I absolutely love the overlay with transparency Udacity has on their videos. Today I discovered their process has a patent (...
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How can I extend my protection to alternative embodiments?

I missed some alternative embodiments of my invention which can be considered as well known for the skilled person. I filed few national applications claiming priority over the first one. A year after ...
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Non-provisional patent - Examiner error

Base of problem Let's assume timelines as follows. Application examiner just makes error during search. He didn't see that in their database there is provisional patent application for same thing. ...
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Change the Order of The Inventor's when filing Reissue Application

My client wants to file reissue application. The reason is that he wants to correct the formulas in the specification. Then, he noticed that he wants to change the order of the inventors when we file ...
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How can we extract the prosecution history for the reexamination?

The patent US7405443 has been reexamined but the corresponding office action is missing from the file wrapper as well as global dossier.
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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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Is it true that there's no advantage in filing patents to each major patent office rather than filing it through the PCT system?

Is it true that there's no advantage in filing patents to each major patent office rather than filing it through the PCT system? PCT applications is used as a figure for innovation, but it seems that ...
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How much can you change a PPA when converting into a Non-Provisional such that you will be able to keep the PPA date? [duplicate]

Concerned with PPA “converting” to Non-Provisional I am in the process of drafting up a software Provisional Patent Application. I have an issue in that there are parts of the system that require ...
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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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Do you have to make your discovery public for a patent?

I have developed a website with a friend of mine, and the site is working. But it is not currently not in a form which is presentable to the public, which will take us a little bit longer to do. We ...
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Should I keep my patent's ownership or assign it to an entity that I own?

I am filing a pro se patent application and am wondering whether it is a good idea to assign it to an LLC that I own or to just keep it under my name. I'm assuming here for this question that it will ...
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Can you amend a non-provisional patent application to bring in information from referenced provisional patent applications?

As the title states. Can you amend a non-provisional patent application to bring in information from referenced provisional patent applications? For example: I have a figure in the provisional that ...
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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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Should a patent claim (all) possible applications?

Do I have to claim future applications of an intervention? Do I need an application at all? In this article it is written: Zwar wird in Patentanmeldungen üblicherweise nur eine Erfindung beschrieben, ...
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When does an inventor first learn who is her patent examiner?

After a patent is filed, the USPTO typically mails back the filing receipt before assigning the patent to an examiner. How long does it typically take to assign an examiner? When/how does the inventor ...
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What is the difference between filing a patent as an individual and filing a patent under a corporation or LLC?

What is the difference between filing a patent as an individual (outside of a corporation or LLC), and filing a patent under your name as part of a corporation or LLC that you create for this sole ...
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Can a patent have 2 different CPC classes?

Can a patent have 2 CPC classes to it? Is it strictly 1? Let's say the patent is classified in order for it to be given to a specific unit to study it, does the patent go only to one unit? To clarify, ...
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Factors influencing patentability

• How unique or vague can the intellectual property to be patented be? • Is it possible to patent improved versions of pre-existing patents that aren't necessarily owned by the patentee? If yes, are ...
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Patent Application and Rejection influencers

• Usually how long does it take to file and obtain patents? • What factors influence the chances of getting a patent successfully or getting the patent application rejected?
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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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Does the USPTO publish example applications?

The closest I can find is the Nonprovisional (Utility) Patent Application Filing Guide. I'm having a hard time converting that into an application. What I think would be easier is just a template ...
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Where in your patent application can you make an argument that you're invention is non-obvious?

I'm a guy in a garage inventor. This is my first time trying to get a patent. I've got a provisional patent and I've done a fairly extensive patent search and I've done some research on how to to fill ...
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“Flash of Genius” Intermittent Windshield Wipers

In the movie "Flash of Genius," which covered the long 1960-70's law suit involving intermittent automobile windshield wipers, it seemed that the individual parts (wipers, control box, electrical ...
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Patent overseas

I am filing a patent overseas in China. My U.S. Attorney need me to sign a power of attonery to the attonerys in China. The language in the contract states: pursuant of the relevant provisions of the ...
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Do I need to sign power of attorney to respond to office action?

We filed a patent. It was approved but then the office action was double patenting. To respond to this office action do I need to sign power of attorney? Is there data base for for patent lawyer ...
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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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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 ...
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What is the difference between Application number, Publication number and Patent number?

What is the difference among the application number, publication number, and patent number? I just know that application number is a 8-digit number, and the publication number is 11-digit while the ...
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How to Compare 2 Patent data

I have a question How to compare Patent data like if we compare the patent data of the 2000 to 2016 it will show us how much technology has been used in these years. Compare 1 https://worldwide....
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Patent abstract: should I aim for generality or concretion?

My company has encouraged me to patent a recent discovery. Is it recommendable to disclose contextual details in the abstract or not? Let's say the discovery found was inspired in the specific ...
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How to properly record invention activites

I am doing some online search on inventions and patents. Step 1 seems to be keeping accurate records. They also say to have a couple of individuals sign and date the entries. I am assuming these are ...
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What is PG pub issue notifcation means?

My patent transaction history is below. What does PG-Pub issue notification means? Does it mean my patent is approved and it is visible to public?
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How can Chinese researchers apply for a patent for a drug that Gilead invented?

Chinese researchers have applied for a patent on experimental drug from Gilead Sciences https://www.thestreet.com/investing/gilead-falls-post-earnings-but-china-wants-to-patent-its-coronavirus-drug ...
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EPO patent application requirements

A utility patent application was written and filed in April 2019 with the USPTO. The inventor seeks additional patent rights in ES, DE, FR, UK & NL. The EPO website indicates: A European patent ...
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How to get an estimate for a application without revealing the idea?

I would like to hire someone for building an android (an maybe later windows/ios) application but in order to get an estimate they need to know what exactly needs to be done - obviously. Now I'm ...
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Once I submit patent forms can I start selling my invention and it be protected?

Basically I want to know if once I submit the micro patent form, is my invention protected if I start selling it to companies?

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