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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What is the status of US20120305616A1?

In reference to the patent: US20120305616 This patent application publication was filed May 2011 and I can't find any more details on this publication. How do I find out the status of this?
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PCT patents , is it Public Domain or up for grabs in my country?

If a PCT patent was filed in lets say "Ukraine" in 2004, but the owner let it never actually got it published as a patent in a national phase(in any country)legally may I file a similar patent in the ...
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Can i patent mobile app algorithm

We developing mobile app and we going to use device location which is generated by GPS or Mobile network in different way.Also we working on other system hardware data which is not currently using by ...
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When will the patent office change for free the drawing published on an application?

I filed a US patent application in February and requested early publication. The patent application was just published, and the drawing on the cover page is not the one I suggested. In fact, the ...
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Should I Seek a Utility or Design for a Software Heavy Invention?

I am monkeying around with a device that its uniqueness is a combination of hardware and software, but the software is the predominant feature. The 'old' device is a hardware item that connects with ...
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Was this patent from 1919 reissued? It looks like nothing new was added

The following patent was issued in 1919. I believe that the original patent was not renewed. I am trying to understand if the the original patent in all of its definitions was reissued to the new ...
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Patent Application found - Prior work

a few days ago, my fellow researchers and me fell into a sort of limbo. We were and still are very sad to discover that a company filed a patent in August 2015 that has been published in March 2016. ...
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What does it mean that this patent is dead?

In reference to the patent: US20080178629 The most recent legal event listed on this patent is "dead", what does that mean? Was it abandoned or does it mean that the application was denied for some ...
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How many new patents were registered, commissioned or administered by NASA in 2016?

The question: "How many newly registered patents were filed by NASA during the fiscal year 2016?" The answer may include any listing or database recently filed with the US Patent Office, its liaison ...
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Only Application number yet valid is granted

During prior art searches or freedom to operate searches one encounters patent application numbers that have a "(A)" after the number. If you research other publications, of the same invention, or ...
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Are hand drawn diagrams sufficient for provisional utility patent?

To save time, I want to do a USPTO provisional utility patent that includes hand drawn system diagram, software block diagram, and software flowchart. These will have ALL the same info. as the ...
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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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Can I refile an expired patent under my company? I did not file the original though

In reference to the patent: US4704935
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Is there any disadvantage to file a single large long patent?

Lets say John has an invention and he wants to file patent for it. He wants to write everything in a single patent with the obvious motivation of saving money. However, he could potentially break his ...
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Is it better to make a provisional patent or a regular patent first

I am trying to patent something. Should I write a provsional patent first or write a patent first?
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My competitor and I both have patents. And now they are sueing me!

My competitor and I both have Patents on a specific designed product. My Patent goes as far as to "reference cite" their Patent right on the cover of my Patent.. How can they sue me if the Government ...
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Filing dates utility provisional application versus follow up design patent application

I filed a utility provisional patent application less than 1 year ago. If within 1 year of the utility prov appl filing date I also file design patent application(s) for the same idea, will the ...
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Are “Patent application” valid patents?

Please confirm if I do read this correctly. You can fill a patent for a product design and get this granted or not. When the patent is granted you can find that back on Lens.org with the notification ...
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Can I share my patent with my professor?

I'm working on an invention, and currently stuck on a problem, I know the solution to, but don't know how to build it, and I'm asking a professor at my university for help. If he helped me, does he ...
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Time Limits on Filing Closed EPO application in United States?

A previous application for an European Patent Grant was "closed" by the European Patent Office. What is the time limit the same application can be filed with US Patent Office?
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How to determine the status of a patent application on Google Patents?

In reference to the patent: USD708869 How Do I check if this patent been approved? Why or why not? When? Is the patent owner still alive? Is the patent for sale? Are there other similar patents?
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How to file patent in India

I'm from India, And have some uniq prototype work that I want to patent. Does any one have idea about filing an patent in India!
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Who gets credit on a patent?

I'm a student who I developing hardware/software for a product design that is going to be patented (applied). Am I being used? Or should I only do the work to develop the prototype if I get credit on ...
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How should I structure my claims and embodiments in regards to a patent for an invention to be implemented by a text editor?

In US patent law, how are claims that are dependent on an earlier claim affec the interpretation of the earlier claim. Is the prior claim's interpretation based on each dependent claim, or is the ...
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Tips on how to get software patent application approved

What are some tips to get software patent application approved by USPO? I'm responsible for the software development at a startup, and to protect our Intellectual Property I need to submit multiple ...
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Which countries does this patent protect US20040035049

I wondered which countries this patent covers other than the US? Regards Brett https://patents.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/us20040035049
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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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Requirements of Submitting Art In Computer Method Patents

This question is primarily directed at the required art of a computerized method patent. Say I am not a code writing software engineer but come up with a method or system of operation on computerized ...
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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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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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