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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Private Patent Office

I know next to nothing about the patent system in the US, so forgive me if this is a ridiculous question. What would stop one from starting their own private patent office. The USPTO solely examines ...
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two provisional application on same invention two different dates

filed a provisional on an idea made of aluminum, weeks later realized i could make this in several different ways if made of plastic as well. Do i file another provisional with all the variation, ...
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Filing new patent after leaving the company

I left the company one year ago. However, while working there I developed an Idea which seems patentable. I did not submitted that while working in that company. Now I have moved to other company and ...
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Is this an approved patent?

In reference to the patent: WO2008150815A2
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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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Preparing to file a patent application

This is a multiple part question. Besides patenting what steps should one take to protect an idea? Besides pictures, and documents with dates. If the idea of a product is what makes it new, does one ...
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Patent Application already exists for my idea, but not granted for six years

Basically, I had an idea for a product that I was not intending on patenting, but merely to sell on a small scale and see how it did. However, after a bit of research I found that someone had already ...
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Employee inventions not yet patented by legal assignee; possible to patent?

If inventions or ideas were created while employed at a company that uses the "standard" policy of having all inventions created by an employee assigned to the company, and the company has not ...
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Is modifying number or merging patents considered adding new element?

I write some provisional patents and I plan to merge them into a single patent application. I need to renumber the figures, merging paragraphs... but not adding any new element. But will it be ...
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Violation of trademark/Patent?

In my National and PCT International, patent specification I have included an apparatus called Annular finned-tube heat exchanger, which is new in design. This heat exchanger is ring/annular like in ...
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Lost a digital copy of patent specification

I filed the National phase application on 29th Oct 2014 and PCT application on 14th Oct 2015. I lost a flash drive which contained the soft-copy of patent specification (everything related to the ...
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is model is working or demonstrative only? [closed]

In reference to the patent: US20040130227 Is the model working model or for demonstration model only?
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Choosing a patent lawyer

I am wondering how picking a big firm vs. small law office could affect the outcome. On one hand a big firm has more resources but I guess they are more interested in corporate clients with deep ...
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Patent pending/product on shelves? [closed]

In reference to the patent: US8205376 Was this product patented and produced? I'd like to purchase it.
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How to Patent gaming idea in india

I have an Idea of a game on my mind but have no idea how to design it. Here I want to know how to patent my gaming idea in india and protect it.
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Will the GPLv3 prevent me to get a new patent?

I wrote some DSP stack and would like to share it. I am thinking of licensing the stack under GPLv3 because I like the license (except the patents clause). I do not own any patents yet. However, since ...
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How to apply for a patent in the US/EU?

How to apply for a utility patent for an invention in US? What is the procedure of this process? What are any other important details? Can a US base technology patent be extend to EU? Reference: ...
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Do I have to reference a patent application if the patent is already granted?

Do I have to reference a patent application in my patent if the patent has already been granted? Do I have to reference both the application number and the patent number? Example: A patent ...
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Write a patent without giving too much away

I would like to acquire a patent for a software algorithm, but I don't want to provide too much detail, for fear that anyone could look it up, and copy the steps that I've outlined.
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Get the same patent in multiple countries

Say I am an inventor and want to maximize the protection of my invention, so I want to patent the same thing (invention) in as many countries as possible (or at least in the biggest markets like US, ...
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Patent Share between Stakeholders

I will make a patent application. There will be names of two persons in the patent file. We want to share patent right not equally but 80% - 20%. How can that be possible? How can we specify this in ...
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How to handle uncooperative examiner

As a pro se inventor, my examiner seems to be taking advantage of my supposed ignorance. He understands neither my invention, his own references, nor the law. To my first amendment, he flagged up ...
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Final Patent Filing Procedure

What are the key elements needed to prove Concept after getting a provisional patent filing accepted in order to complete a final filing documents?
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How detailed can be independent claims in a PCT utility application?

I am currently writing claims for a PCT utility application. It appears my independent claim is rather lengthy and can be broken down into many dependent claims, but that is not what I am after. My ...
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What is the process for filing a continuation-in-part?

I need someone to provide me with a detailed explanation for the process for filing a continuation in part within one year of originally filing for a patent. I know you pay the same fees as you did ...
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Same goal but different ingredients and different way of using it

In reference to the patent: EP2536392A2 I did not even know this had a patent until I searched for it. Have a Similar product but the way to use the product is different. It is in a cream format with ...
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What happens after a provisional patent expires?

I was thinking about applying for a provisional patent and seeking funding for to build my prototyped design on a larger scale. Should funding fall through or there's not much of a market interest, ...
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US38119 Patent Title

I would like to know where the title "improvement in drill-bit" came from in US38119, the applicant or the USPTO. Nowhere in the text does the applicant refer to the device as a drill-bit.
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Color and shading in patent application?

It seems USPTO allows shading but, for example, the Chinese's counterpart doesn't. So what is the best way to do drawing internationally? I.e. if the application with shaded drawing is filed in the ...
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Can I patent a product I'm already selling?

I've invented a new product and started selling it (in very small quantities). No one else is selling this product. Can I apply for a patent for it?
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Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination

What does "Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination" mean? My utility patent application has been given this status. What does that mean and what should I expect next?
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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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Possible to include information in patent application refuting similar patents ahead of time?

The title is mostly self explanatory, but I have never been through the patent process before. I have a specific concept for a piece of software that fits the criteria of someone else being able to ...
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Patent status of hazard pointers: us20040107227

I discovered recently that the hazard pointer technique has a patent application if not an actual patent assigned to it. Can I get clarification on this? Also, would like some indication on whether ...
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How can the challenge date of an application be extended?

The challenge on Microsoft's patent US 20130063492 states: Availability for Challenge: Open Until at least Sept 14, 2013 How is the "available for challenge" date obtained? What steps must we ...
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Is Patent 13/284,678 Granted? Patent granted for Flipboard flipping?

Hi can i ask if this patent is granted? I see a publication date, but not sure if it was granted. Am thinking for a flipping metaphor similar to Flipboard
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Searching Patent Applications

This is a general question regarding patent applications. I know that these are published weekly and you can search individual patent applications via PAIR. Is there a compiled list of all the ...

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