Questions tagged [pre-grant]

Related to procedures between the patent holder and the patent offices, opposing a patent before grant and similar questions. (The only way to do that is a Third Party Observation (TPO), so please include that tag if your question is about opposing a patent application.)

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Can there be enforcement action in Europe for patents not yet granted?

I see in that, assuming national law provides for it, there are provisional rights in EPO application from the day of publication. Art. 67(1) EPC: A European patent application shall, from the date ...
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What is the difference between withdrawing an application (MPEP § 1308) and expressly abandoning an application to avoid publication (§ 1125)?

More specifically, what effects does withdrawing an application have? And what effects does expressly abandoning an application have?
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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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Application rejected at examination stage - How to proceed best?

Some months ago I filed an application for a national patent (in an EU country). The examiner pointed out several amendments to be made, which I did after I discussed with him twice. Eventually the ...
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METHOD FOR THE 3D RECONSTRUCTION OF A SCENE US20180063506 - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

US 20180063506 This application seeks to patent a method which has been previously published in a PhD thesis in: https://www.theses.fr/2014PA066593 [pre-grant][prior-art-request]
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18 mo application publication start from continuation filing date or original filing date?

When a continuation application is filed, does publication of the patent application occur 18 mo. after the original application or the continuation filing date (assuming 18 mo. disclosure is required)...
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BLE location system and method - PRIOR ART REQUEST for US patent 2016164368

Prior Art Request for US patent WO 2016164368 A1 / US20160295376 - Bluetooth low energy location system and method. Help keep the use of iBeacon and Low Energy Bluetooth as location-based technology ...
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How do I know if the patent is granted

How do I know if the below patent is granted? Application Number: 14055444 Application Date: 16.10.2013 Publication Number: 20140114871 Publication Date: 24.04.2014 Publication Kind : A1 ...
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Is this patent valid? Or just granted and never used

In reference to the patent: US8602429 Is this patent Valid? There are a lot of manufactures wordwide who sells exact this product. Can someone check for me if there are any issues going on with this ...
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Prior Art for US20150095841 A1 ‘Composable Analytics’ and Data Flow Based programming?

In reference to the patent application: US20150095841 and its images which are all viewable here. What references to prior art are necessary and sufficient to counter this patent application? The ...
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Options for submitting prior art on a patent application after the 6 month window passed?

There's a patent application close to issuance for an "invention" we have significant pieces of prior art for, but the time allowed for third party submissions under 35 U.S.C. 122(e) has passed. MPEP ...
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Filing of a PCT without disclosing all previous applications

A competitor of mine has filed a PCT application recently. They operate in Pakistan and Canada. I would like to challenge this PCT application. The timeline is my concern here: 2013-11-04: They ...
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There is very clear prior art for patent application WO2014145999A

In reference to the patent: WO2014145999A3 The inventions in this patent are entirely described by the Diploma Thesis of Kai Niklas submitted on 11th June 2010 http://www.l3s.de/~tahmasebi/...
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This Patent is for a process that that was invented by someone else

In reference to the patent: US20140101112 This patent application is for a process and software systems that were built by my company years before the Applicant was ever in business. How can I ...
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Has application US 13/346,940 been granted?

What is the current status of the patent application number US 13/346,940?
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Can I sell beauty berry extract or essential oil or create a repellant if the isolate (callicarpenal) of a plant has been patented?

In reference to the patent: US 2006/0235071 A1
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Prior art seems to exist

In reference to the patent: US 2010/0080432 A1 A paper has been published that would constitute prior art for this patent: "PIB-PET SEGMENTATION FOR AUTOMATIC SUVR NORMALISATION WITHOUT MR ...
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Prior Art, an older Provisional Application and a new Patent Application (US 2014/0091685)

In reference to the patent: US 2014/0091685. I have a provisional application with the USPTO from 1994 for this invention which has been to market already. How is it that my initial invention has ...
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Prior Art from 2002 for XML to XSD generation?

In reference to the patent: US20110320926 I worked on a project that became an Apache (open source) project. The functionality and methods described in this patent existed in the Apache XMLBeans ...
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A dangerous patent application may derail a simple technology to compost food waste. Please help

We have a small company that makes soil amendments from post-consumer food waste, which we compost using acidic anaerobic fermentation, also called Bokashi, the Japanese term, where the technique was ...
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US 2013/0272429, a patent application on calculating three checksums instead of one

I stumbled upon patent US 2013/0272429 that appears to patent calculating three checksums instead of one. Even if the obviousness of the basic idea is not enough to throw this out there should be ...
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Prior art request for WO2013115797A1 "Identifcation [sic] of a failed code change"

In reference to the patent: WO2013115797A1 This patent from Hewlett-Packard relates to automatically running a set of tests against a "plurality of code changes" to determine "the ...
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Prior art request for WO2014027990 "Performance tests in a continuous deployment pipeline"

I would like help finding prior art for WO2014027990 A1, please. The patent "Performance tests in a continuous deployment pipeline" by some employees of HP (filed Aug 13 2012, published Feb 20, 2014) ...
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How can I determine the status of a patent application?

I would like to know whether this patent application was granted or not. How can I do that? Is there a way to check the status? In reference to the patent: US20100195872
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Using Bluetooth to setup Wifi (Samsung) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This application from Samsung seeks to patent a method for using one type of wireless connection, such as Bluetooth, to setup a second wireless connection such as Wi-Fi Direct. 10 minutes of your ...
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EDA software (IC design)

Looking for prior art on this: http://www.google.com/patents/US20130290834 Best answered by IC design people who use that kind of software. Basically looking for what's in the main figure, two ...
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Submitting prior art against US patent application

Reference to US20140134731 I think the Patents office is slipshod or very keen on encouraging pirating and patenting of indigenous knowledge. There is NOTHING unique or special requiring any exercise ...
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Hover board patent way too vague

The patent on the hover board is far too broad and should not be approved. Found two videos on YouTube demonstrating how a super magnet will bounce off of a conductive surface: Magnet Brakes Fall on ...
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Prior art request for US20120203457 A1 - Showing a calendar on a map with route optimization between points

Multiple claims are made in this patent application that could be summarized as follows Show travel routes between two or more events on a map with a display Optimize a schedule based on the most ...
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Prior art for US patent application 20140196008 'IMMUTABLE OBJECT TYPES'

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2014/0196008.html At least some embodiments described herein relate to a language extension that advances safety in system programming. In accordance with the ...
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At what point can you then start selling the app after applying for the patent

I know that once I start selling the app and it is out in the open I can't apply for a patent. I now also see there are various stages in the application process: file, search and examination. At ...
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I want to invalidate a pending patent (not granted yet) because of an intentional omission of an inventor. What is the exact procedure?

If an inventor is intentionally not named in a patent, that is, there is no dispute she is an inventor but for subjective reasons is left out of the inventor's list, how does one go towards ...
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US20140108489 A1 "Flowlet-based processing" - Quite like my own lab's work

http://www.google.com/patents/US20140108489 I work on a system that closely resembles the invention described in the above application. It in fact shares a common intellectual lineage, dating back ...
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Is it better to not to publish untill the patent is granted?

I have noticed that start-up companies that filed patent applications tend to not to publish them before the patent is granted. This can have business strategy motivations and it would be off topic to ...
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LOCATION-SENSITIVE SECURITY LEVELS (Apple) - 20140187200 - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MOBILE COMPUTING - This application from Apple seeks to patent location-based security. 10 minutes of your time can help narrow this US patent application before it becomes a patent. ...
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Prior Art Request for US 20140038722 A1 "Universal virtual entity transformation"

https://www.google.com/patents/US20140038722 A method of transforming a virtual entity from a first game to be useable in a second game comprising the steps of: a. Obtaining a set of ...
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Help Open Source - BitCoin and CryptoCurrency Mining - prior art requested for US 2014/0019693 A1

This application is claiming everything that is involved in Bitcoin mining or any other cryptocurrency mining using Asic chips where the block chain is segmented and hashed by multiple parallel hash ...
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Vehicle power systems - prior art request

Could the community help by supplying a relevant manual for a vehicle power system? Any vehicle, could be any make or model of car. It should show the power supply available to the accessories, such ...
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Interactive Surveys (Theranos) - PATENT APPLICATION - PRIOR ART REQUEST

The following application was filed in 2013 and directed to interactive surveys where a picture is shown based on the inputted information. It seems that companies have been providing this for a ...
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Authorization Information transmission - Transmission of authorization information (IV) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON utilizing a mobile station for the transmission of authorization information in a telecommunication network - This application from IV seeks to patent the idea of...A ...
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Locating Picture hotspots - Determining nearby picture hotspots (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON finding the nearby picture hotspots based on location data and user data - This application from Intellectual Ventures seeks to patent the idea of...Transmit location data and ...
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Classification of digital images - Digital Images classification in semantic categories (IV) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON classifying digital images into semantic categories - This application from IV seeks to patent the idea of...Generating time-based event boundaries detected in a plurality of ...
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Digital Travel Record (American Express) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Publication Number: US20120254261 The claims made by American Express Travel Services in Patent Application us20120254261 are so generic that most of them are already widely implemented by a large ...
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Displaying web page information through web maps (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Seen this before? Web Site Mapping - Bogus #Patent Application #Intellectual Ventures #priorartrequest AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON organizing and displaying information about Internet web pages on web ...
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Media Streaming - Media Streaming through a Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON streaming media through a session initiation protocol - This application from Intellectual Ventures seeks to patent the idea of...Sending a first session initiation protocol (...
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Is Robocasting Development in Ceramic Multimaterial Deposition Prior Art? US20100327479 A1

Is the following document "Robocasting Development in Robocasting of Ceramic Multimaterial Deposition" Prior Art? As it seems to cover the same points as patent US20100327479 A1 but was published ...
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Power Management Systems for Accepting Solar Power in Electronic Devices – Patent Application – PRIOR ART REQUEST

This patent application filed by Apple claims to invent a power management system that includes a system microcontroller (SMC) and a charger. During operation, the power management system accepts ...
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Social Networking - Tracking product recommendations through a URL forwarding service (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON employing a forwarding service to track online recommendations - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of...Tracking online product recommendations by ...
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Online Advertisement - CAPTCHA test including an advertisement (IBM) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON implementing a CAPTCHA test based on an advertisement - This application from IBM seeks to patent the idea of...Providing a CAPTCHA test which includes an advertisement and a ...
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Social Shopping - Asking friends for shopping advice online (Turnto Network) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON asking friends for advice while shopping - This application from Turnto Network seeks to patent the idea of...Displaying, to a user who is engaged in a commercial activity on an ...
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