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Questions tagged [pro-se]

For questions involving an individual filing on their own behalf.

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Strategies for minimizing early cost while maximizing future options with PCT application?

My basic question is: to which degree can an imperfectly written but substantially complete PCT application still be upgraded/fine-tuned (by a good attorney) in the first couple of months after filing?...
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Do all inventors need to fill in an aia0081 to nominate a single inventor as having power of attorney?

If I'm filing a patent application with one or more co-inventors, and I'm going to be the one prosecuting it pro se, the rest of the inventors need to fill in an aia0081 form to assign power of ...
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How would I go about abandoning this patent application?

I filed a patent application as a pro se inventor and I've now received an office action. Between the filing date of the application and now, I've discovered that I don't have a need for this patent ...
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Can I patent this process or workflow?

I was suggested to come here to ask this question- didn't even know this board existed. Hopefully I can get some info here. Onto the Q: I'm about to launch a startup that specializes in advertising. ...
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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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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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Do I need to use a patent attorney to pay an issue fee?

I've just been issued a notice of allowance for my patent application. Since we (my attorney and I) filed pre-AIA, before micro entity status existed, we claimed small entity status. Now that we've ...
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Things to take care when inventor self drafts the patent

There is a saying that it is always better to consult and work with an attorney to draft patents. It is said that when you self-draft a patent you would draft inferior patents, miss out on things ...
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I need to find out about keeping my sketch secured

I emailed my sketch to a prototype company after signing an agreement. Is that agreement binding, and can I mail a picture of my sketch to myself and keep it sealed in case someone wants to patent and ...
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Provisional patent in US for non-US citizen

Can a non-US citizen file a provisional patent in US? Does he need to hire an attorney or can he do it himself? What does he need to do to convert the provisional patent into a final patent? (meaning:...
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How and where to file USPTO Patent application?

What are the formats and ways to file US patent application and where to file? List of Documents required to file Patent application?
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What is the difference between Patent agent and Patent lawyer?

I understand that agent doesn't have a law degree, but can she represent the inventor? I am writing my patent application by myself but want a professional to look it over and make corrections, ...
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How are election restrictions answered? My lawyer wants $1000USD just to tell them to proceed with claims 15-20

After a 2.5 year wait the patent office has finally responded to my patent application with an election restriction. While writing the application with my lawyer, it was obvious from the beginning ...
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Patent mobile app prior to development?

I have what I think is a novel idea for a mobile app, and I would like to develop it but having a day job this could take a year or two or three. Instead of starting developing now I am considering ...
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Can I file test/ null provisional/ non provisional patent?

I will try to file a test patent, basically a null patent for familiarizing with the filing process without spending any money. Is there any legal issue with this?
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What to pay for an initial patent submission?

I am submitting a patent application to be filed. The USPTO asks to tick appropriate services Filing | Search | Exam Do I need to select and pay all of them at this stage OR for example Exam is ...
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Patent filing procedure without a patent attorney

This is the first time I'm thinking about filing a patent, and I don't know where to start. First of all I'm not from the USA but I want to file a patent with the USPTO without a patent attorney as I ...
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Forgot to check 'Request Not To Publish'

Well I finally filed my utility patent application - about 20 minutes ago, electronically - and now I am wondering if I forgot to check the box for non-publication by the PTO. Is there any way to ...
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Is clarifying some terminology in an Amendment considered “new material”?

In working with my examiner to address issues with the claims mentioned in a final rejection of my (pro se) software patent application, I changed one term in the claims from "word1 word2" to "word1 ...
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How would I file a Provisional Patent by myself?

I have a great idea that I would like to protect, but I don't have the budget for a patent attorney at the moment. I was thinking to do it by my own. I wanted to know if I try my best to define the ...
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Software patenting questions

I am a student and I don't have enough money (not even nearly enough) to file a patent. I strongly believe in my idea and therefore I would give and do anything in my power to secure this patent. I ...
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Can I copy texts from other applications into my application?

I'm a "micro entity" and I'm considering patenting my idea myself. I know that the language of the patent application is very special, eg. no limiting language should be used. In some patent ...
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Turning an existing description of a system into a description of a method

This question is a continuation on the results of Detailed description of a system to suit system and method claims. Notice too I'm the guy of What are the risks of writing a patent specification ...
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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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Detailed description of a system to suit system and method claims

I'm writing the detailed description of a computer implemented system. I have explained what the system does, that's where the inventive subject matter is. I have explained an exemplary architecture ...
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What are the risks of writing a patent specification without an attorney?

I'm working on a prototype for my invention. My situation is that I can't afford a patent attorney at the moment. So my plan is to file a specification for the invention myself, no claims yet. Then ...
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Seeking direction to educate myself on the patent process

I had an idea for a new piece of technology, a gadget. I found a patent filed and though the intent of the invention and results are similar to what I would propose, my method (technology for ...
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How can a hobbyist pragmatically defend a patent they file?

To begin with I read: Is it practical for a novice to successfully file a patent without hiring a patent lawyer? There's a large community of hobbyist and DIYselfers who are constantly working on new ...
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Is it practical for a novice to successfully file a patent without hiring a patent lawyer?

I am an undergraduate student in the US, and have come up with a (hopefully) patentable idea independently of my studies. The upside of that is the university cannot claim any rights to my invention; ...