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Why do patent description contains serial numbers like [0001], [0002] etc?

In most US patent descriptions, I see serial numbers like [0001], [0002] etc. Are they there for readability or are they a requirement? I'm working on provisional patent application. Does a ...
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Is there any limit in patent image height and width?

I'm about to file a provisional patent. Some of my patent flowcharts diagrams looks way bigger. Is there any limit in patent image height and width?
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Is a galley / kitchen layout for a small space patentable

A small space is like a camper, conversion van, or boat. Galley in this question is limited to sink, burner (hobb), and food preparation. Something like this: Cannot disclose the specific design ...
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How do I reference provisional patent B in provisional patent A?

I'm about to file two provisional patents. Patent A and Patent B are different patents. However a tiny section of Patent A depends on Patent B. How do I reference patent B in patent A?
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Using provisional patent application only for “patent pending” status

I know it is illegal to advertise an invention as "patent pending" unless a patent application has been filed. I also know that provisional patent applications are never actually examined (unless you ...
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How many drawings can a patent have?

I'm about to file a USPTO provisional patent in a couple of weeks. Is there any upper limit for the number of drawings I can have in my utility patent?
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Provisonal Patent Cover Sheet More Questions

Should I sign my name in the sheet or type it like /Firstname Lastname/ Is the date field filled by me? If that is the case, should I put the date where I am when posting the pdf and everything? There ...
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Provisonal Patent Cover Sheet Questions

I have noticed that the people creating the provisional patent would capitalize the title of the invention on their patent document. So, I have done that too. Should I capitalize the title in the ...
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Regarding selecting a font on the provisional patent

So, I decided to go with the Courier New font offered by Microsoft Word in writing my provisional patent. I am assuming that is the same Courier font suggested by the UPSTO? Anyway, I have written a ...
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Provisional patents formal font size and style

I wonder if anyone can direct me to an article on which font to use for headers and text in a patent. I have searched some articles without luck. I want my provisional patent to be as formal as the ...
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I would like to use this mirror for motorcycle use with different mounting as sold

In reference to the patent: USD247292 I would like to use the mirror with an "L" bracket (manufactured) installed in place of the bar end mount for off-road motorcycle use. "L" bracket would be ...
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can EP application takes priority from provisional patent?

I heard a EP file an application based on US provisional if the US provisional file a US application. so i will explain my doubt based on my example. A provisional patent(PP1) file on 1 jan 2016 and ...
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Cheapest way to extend the time of provisional patent application

I am a Australian sole inventor who has filed a US provisional patent application with another attorney last year in June. I'm coming close to the time where my 12 month period is going to expire (...
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What software can I use to e file a provisional?

I'm having a tremendous amount of difficulty getting the electronic filling system to accept my application. I'm using Open Office and Microsoft Office Word to create documents and convert them to PDF'...
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How do I file a water-tight provisional patent for an article worn around a person?

I have an idea for a piece of apparel both a design patent and a utility patent worn around various locations of the body. I have noticed patents filed for universal and off-earth claims. I wish to ...
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When exactly do you lose the provisionals priority?

After reading some previous questions about provisionals, especially from inventors wanting to write them themselfs and consult an attorney only for the non provisional, I was wondering, how much do ...
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Two aspects of the same invention and one aspect is not unique

Ok, so suppose I have an iOS patentable application. The app consists of two components let us name them Com1 and Com2. Com1 is simply a normal means of input that takes input from the user of the app ...
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What happens to the new patent, if there is another similar provisional patent (withdrawn or fee not paid ) available for public

We are filing a new patent, on one concept but there is a provisional patent available for public which is not valid (may be they have not paid the fee or it was withdrawn). Once our patent is ...
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Repatenting someone else's dropped provisionals

My question is, can anybody provide any part of the US patent law proving or disproving the statement that: Dropped and unpublished provisionals do not impede novelty of other inventions? And how ...
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How important are claims in provisional patents

Is it important to mention the claims in a provisional patent and how will the claims affect the non-provisional patent if I decided to convert it within a year? I have read that you cannot mention ...
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Should I abandon my provisional and start over?

Situation: Filed my provisional 11 months ago. Rewriting to file as regular US and PCT applications. Pro se currently, may have pro bono help in a couple of months, for filing further claims in ...
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The provisional patent and future idea for my mobile app

Ok, so I was examining plenty of patents on Google Patents to determine how I am going to write mine. From reading and watching Youtube provisional patents tutorials, they all say the same thing. Add ...
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Writing my provisional patent application for my app, I have a question

Ok, so I have decided to write my PPA to protect my idea and I am writing all aspects about this new idea. I started using Google Patents to read some of the non-provisional patents to have some idea ...
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Writing a provisional patent draft for a mobile app

I am in the process of writing a draft for my provisional patent. I have spent a great deal of time reading the books and watching videos on youtube plus some patenting courses. One of the tutors said ...
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When is the right time to apply for my provisional patent

I have just finished testing my mobile application and I am ready to release it. The idea is novel and patentable. I have made sure of that. Now I have a question, I want to know the right time to ...
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File Provisional Application without some implementation details

I found a problem in the world, right now this problem is not solved properly(already did patent search, did not found anything similar to it or any product on the market). I know how it can be solved ...
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Provisional patents for software

I am trying to submit my first provisional patent in the UK but I keep getting confused about what sort of information I should put in at this stage. I know I should put as much information as I can, ...
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is a computer listing necessary for a provisional utility patent?

My invention is a printed circuit board with a micro-controller, which runs my software algorithm. The algorithm is about 3500 lines of source code. I just read USPTO rule that computer listing of ...
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An efficient way to protect my software

I am developing a software application. At the heart of it is a method which I think passes the tests for 'patent-ability' and I am planning to lodge a provisional application just before I launch. ...
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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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Additional Design Patent as backup for a Provisional Patent (strategy)

I am considering filing both a provisional patent application and a design patent application. The design patent application would be a backup if the reviewer would abandon the provisional, so that at ...
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What happens when a non-provisional patent infringes a provisional patent?

Lets say John files a provisional patent at January 2016 with claim A. Some company B decides to file a non provisional patent with the exact same claim A at March 2016, because John's provisional is ...
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Where to describe the problem in my application

I am preparing a provisional application for a project I have been working on. In the link below, from IP Australia, they say that the problem and solution should be described as part of the Summary, ...
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Can provisional applications be sold/assigned?

Can provisional applications be sold/assigned? I don't just mean in theory, but is buying provisional applications something that companies do? I'm not asking about "suing the Goliath", but rather ...
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Am I reading this right? — the cost for a provisional patent application

Legal-speak is convoluted with words that have no conventional meaning and long-winded detail. I am unsure how much my provisional patent application will cost me. Click here and ead the table at ...
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How do I collaborate with a company who may have a provisional on my idea?

I'm trying to get a company to licence my idea, however, they claim that they already have a similar idea but that they could potentially find improvements/best practises to their idea from ...
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Will claiming priority from provisional patent reveal it?

I have a single provisional patent application (PPA) in USPTO for some inventions. Now I want to pursue only one of them, because that invention was revealed to public. And I will claim priority from ...
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How do you you find a patent lawyer by looking at patents?

I am looking for a patent lawyer who understands certain subject matter. in reviewing existing patents i can see the subject mater that is related. How can i find out who the lawyer was?
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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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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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Is it possible to obtain a patent on a technology I am already selling?

As part of software product I needed a software utility (library) that I could not find so I built it from scratch. I think it is unique and has some value and for sure I want to protect it. Since it ...
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File provisional patent application in India before getting published in a Journal

I want to patent an algorithm in India. I have done enough prior art and I am sure that no such algorithm exists till date. The problem is I have also written a research paper for the same and ...
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PCT Application

If a Provisional Application is filed in USPTO, let us say on June 01 2015 and before June 01 2016 a proper PCT Application (an International Provisional Application, this is also a provisional) is ...
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Public Disclosure After Provisional Filing

Upon filing a provisional patent application, can the invention become publicly known and sold (such as through public sale), and still retain all patent rights to information disclosed in the ...
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How specific should a provisional utiltiy patent be?

My question is regarding a provisional utility patent. I’ve been told (by non-professionals) that it is advantageous to make your provisional as detailed as possible. The way I understand this advice ...
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Should I file multiple provisional patent applications when my invention can span different sizes?

I am working on a provisional patent application for a household object. The invention is a simple item that comes in a large and small size. Do I need to file separate applications for each size, if ...
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provisional patent question

My invention is a file folder box and I am inventing the box and the file folders that go into the box. Each could be sold separately, and each can be used by itself without the other and still be ...
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Naming New Inventors when Converting a Provisional Patent to a Full Patent

If I file a provisional patent application in the US and then convert it to a full patent in 1 year, can I name additional inventors on that full patent application?
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Which countries require a claim for using a PPA as priority date?

The book Patent It Yourself states: I recommend that your PPA contain at least one claim (to) prevent any challenge to your PPA by foreign patent offices for failure to claim the invention as of ...