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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If I am submitting two different provisionals for two different claims on the same invention can some sections be the same or similar?

Hi if I am submitting two provisional patent applications for two different claims but for the same invention can sections such as background, summary, drawings, detailed description, terminology, and ...
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Which “Application Part” and “Application Data Sheet” do I use for the provisional patent document?

While trying to submit my (personally-made) patent documents on EFS-Web I ran into an issue. I'm assuming that I should upload the pdf document of the provisional patent application in the "Attach ...
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Can design patent be renewed?

The lifetime of design patent is 14 years (for designs which were filed before May 13, 2015) / 15 years (for designs which were filed on or after May 13, 2015) from the date of grant.
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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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How patents are avoided to be reinvented and how we can understand them comprehensively?

I have read tech patents available on Google. I wonder how patents can be avoided to be reinvented or understood so neatly and specifically given a patent file is usually tens of pages written very ...
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Question about proper antecedent basis: is it necessary to establish new antecedent basis in every dependent claim?

I'm asking about "W" and not "X" here. Claim 1: A system comprising X, Y, Z. Claim 2: The system of claim 1, wherein the X is connected to a W. Claim 3: The system of claim 1, wherein the W is P ...
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Very Difficult Low Productivity Examiner with Questionable Approach - What Options for Applicant? UPDATE

An institutional entity filed a patent application. It's tangential to their primary subject, and probably is a placeholder until refined. A few months later an individual (me) filed a significantly ...
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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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What is the expiry of South African Patent?

What is the expiry of South African Patent? eg.: ZA 2004/01584 On https://iponline.cipc.co.za/ the expiry is 2024-02-26. However, the international filing date of PCT/US02/26504 is 21/08/2002, ...
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Can I benefit from a patent application when approaching potential clients?

Can I deal with any company with my patent application number without waiting 3-4 years? How much time does it take to get an application number after I file for a patent? I'm specifically curious ...
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Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination 3 time

I was twice rejected from the patent office. Now after a second amendment, I received: "Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination" What now?
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Revision of an application after submission, when responding to a deadline to maintain family continuity

I have a fast-approaching deadline to make payment on an NOA application (a CON on original granted patent), in order to get it granted. I also want to keep open the chance to extend the family by ...
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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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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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I am interested in an abandoned patent application

I have a very similar product to a product that was disclosed in an abandoned patent application. Can I improve and add new changes to that application thereby providing new claims to the patent ...
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Can I tell about idea details before posting a patent?

I have a business plan for selling apparel over the Internet, with unique features that distinguish this idea from other sites. Before patenting this idea in the WIPO, can I tell about particularities ...
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Restriction Requirement

What is the rationale behind writing the term inventions, species, or groups, while raising a restriction requirement. How these three nomenclatures (invention, group, and species) are different and ...
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Unregistered Patent Agents

I am trying to do research on what can be done by unregistered people. While it is clear they cannot represent in a patent court. But to what extant can they help someone one write patents? or help ...

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