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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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which documents need to be in a USPTO provisional utility patent for a software system

Presently I have: COVER SHEET ABSTRACT and CLAIMS What's missing?
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MPEP and Case Laws

How patent Examiners either memorize or manage themselves while citing all the relevant case laws and sections of MPEP during issuance of an Office Action?
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Patent application: can the citation of a figure from another author be considered fair use? [closed]

I would like to include a figure from a scientific paper which illustrates some background for my invention. I can cite the source and I can make it clear that I'm using it for illustration and ...
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Way to release technology with license, without necessity to pay money

I've got serious technology, something that can change way we handle stuff today. Problem is, that I don't have the money to fill in international patent. How should I proceed? I want humans to use ...
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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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For patent do you have to make your discovery public?

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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What are the decision points associated with filing a USPTO NPA?

Context A utility provisional has been filed last year. I intend to file a utility patent application: the USPTO indicates that once I have all my pdf files ready for submission to call the USPTO ...
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Is software developed in UK is patentable in US?

I work for a company in UK. This company is a branch of an american company. We have developed a software that resolves technical problems in an innovative way for the processing payments industry. I ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are patent applications publicly available?

Are patent applications of pending patents publicly available? If so, can they be download somewhere?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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