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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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Can I describe two different ideas inside a provisional patent application?

I have two ideas completely different and unrelated to each other, I want to put both of them inside a provisional patent application and in a alter time file two non-provisional application for them. ...
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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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A specifc question regarding mobile apps patenting

I have a new idea for a mobile app that I have developed and finished developing. The idea is unique and new. I know about the three conditions to patenting mobile applications and my app meets them. ...
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A question regarding micro entity terms

I know that I meet the first condition where I have 0 patent filings. Also, my revenue is less than 10 thousand dollars a year. Though, I do not understand the third term. Can someone explain to me ...
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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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Can I use the "Background of the invention" from a similar patent in my provisional application?

1-Can I use the "Background of the invention" from a similar patent in my provisional application? 2-Can I write this? In this feature of the invention, I recommend increasing the sound. or this In ...
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How can I speak about upgrading the prior art/pre-existing/previous products?

My invention is a method to make improved products. Also, it can be used to improve the previous products by adding parts to them or replacing parts from them by improved parts. But some friends warn ...
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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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Would providing a sample put in jeopardy my patent pending?

I have a patent pending method dealing with data compression and encryption. At the moment, I am attempting talks with various companies in the technology sector. But due to difficulties in even ...
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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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Provisional Patent and Sale

I have an idea for a system that integrates 2 existing technologies in a novel and non-obvious way, but do not have the expertise or capacity to actually create the technology or a prototype. ...
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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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Infringement Issues

How does a company become competition for a company who has an existing patent on the product that we wish to sell? We are creating a foam roller company where our initial patent search did not ...
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What are all the things you need for a provisional patent application?

I am new to the patenting world, and I am a little confused about how to go about drafting a provisional patent application. How in depth do I need to be about my idea? Do I need supplemental drawings,...
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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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US Provisional Patent error

I filed a United States provisional patent for my invention 6 days back. Today I discovered that a algorithm I use in the invention has its name trademarked and I have in error mentioned that name ...
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Provisional Patent Filed Right Before Mine

I have been slowly developing a product for the last couple of years but my major hold up has been the legal side of things since I do not have the start-up funds. I decided to write the provisional ...
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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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Mitigating possible patent exposure

I have spent the last 2 months working on an idea for a patent . I made designs and descriptions and I put it in an inventors notebook and had my 2 friends sign the book . I planned to submit the ...
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Can I file in france if I file a Provisional in the US and then publicly disclose prior to filing in France?

I understand France is an absolute novelty country that would prohibit a patent being issued if it were disclosed publicly prior to the filing date in France. Filing a Provisional Patent Application ...
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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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