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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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Provisional Patent in Europe

I want to see if an idea can work in the European market, but I want to protect it. Can I fill a provisional patent application in Europe, and then if the idea does not work just disregard the patent ...
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Objecting granted Patent based on own e-mail correspondence as Prior art?

15 years ago I filed a provisional patent to establish myself as first in line to patent an idea for a novel internet business. I then submitted the idea (my working notes and flowchart) to a ...
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Can a same provisional application be filed in two different countries?

My colleagues in China and I (in a US University) has filed provisional application (both names are in the applcation) to the US Patent Office. Can my colleauges in China file the a patent ...
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Provisional application drawings vs non provisional patent drawings

Can the drawings in a provisional application be less detailed than the drawings that will be submitted in a corresponding non-provisional patent as long as there are no material differences between ...
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Is there any requirement on font size and format of provisional patent application?

AFAIK, at USPTO, there are requirements on font size and format for non provisional application. Is there any requirement applying to provisional application? Because I want to combine many unrelated ...
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Similar Patents, Sweeping Claims

I have an Idea/Potential Patent, but someone else has a similar patent out. Our inventions are substantially different in design. One of their claims is very very general and seems to exclude an ...
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Provisional application problems

A provisional application is filed to USPTO and something turns out to be wrong and therefore has to be modified when the following non-provisional application is filed. In this case one problem is ...
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How much effort should be put into preparing a provisional patent application?

This is perhaps a highly ambiguous question, so let's use an example. say I have stumbled upon this new billion dollar idea which is stackexchange (assume it is exactly what it is now just that it ...
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Provisional patent registration in US for SA resident

I am a resident in Cape Town , SA, what steps would I need to take to register a provisional patent in the US?
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Can PCT application based on US provisional patent without claim?

AFAIK, US provisional patent is valid for later use even without any claim, but I heard that some countries require patent having claims. So does PCT application accepts US provisional patent without ...
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Licensing Strategies and Negotiaitons

Q: What is your seasoned opinion on how to best proceed to negotiate a profitable and fair licensing deal under the following circumstances. I most appreciate opinions from those who have actually ...
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If I file a provisional patent application, could someone else file a PCT application for the same invention during the first 12 months?

I'm working in a startup with a limited amount of investment. We'd like to file for a US provisional patent. My understanding is that after 12 months, I can upgrade to a PCT application. For this ...
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Do I renumber the paragraphs in my PPA spec when I add a Cross-Reference section for the regular PA?

Silly question: I submitted a PPA with my paragraphs numbered in the style [0001], [0002], etc. Now, I'm submitting a regular patent application claiming the benefit of the PPA. This means I'm ...
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Is there a way to get international protection on a provisional patent?

Is there a way to get international protection when registering for a provisional patent?
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What kind of provisional patent should I get if I want to sell internationally?

I have a product i'm looking to get out into the market soon and i'm unsure of what kind of provisional to get. I want to sell the product internationally. Anyone know how to go about this?
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Final Patent Filing Procedure

What are the key elements needed to prove Concept after getting a provisional patent filing accepted in order to complete a final filing documents?
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Can a provisional patent application be filed within the 1 year grace period for after public disclosure?

Can a provisional patent application be filed within the 1 year grace period for after public disclosure, or does it need to be a non-provisional application?
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Is there a legitimate/reliable way to apply for a software patent for < $1000?

I'd like to patent a niche idea for a software product. I'm just an individual developer. I have no access to a legal team or expensive legal services. What is the best option for applying for ...
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Multiple patents from a single provisional patent application?

I am filing a provisional application for a device that that can be use to improve the operation and performance of a very common item. The device can be designed to be integrated into the design of ...
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How similar does non provisional and provisional patent have to be?

I prefer to not spend a lot of money before I see if it has any value so I would like to file a provisional patent on my own. The basic invention takes some data from inputs encodes it in a certain ...
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Provisional Patent Vs Full Patent - assignment to employer

The company I worked for, filed 2 provisionals for my invention - I was listed as the sole inventor, and I signed assignment forms. Those provisionals were converted to full patents, earlier this ...
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What kind of patent is this 'interlocking flexible rigid material'?

Apple recently filed an application in the US: 20130216740 INTERLOCKING FLEXIBLE SEGMENTS FORMED FROM A RIGID MATERIAL I am confused by the contrasting elements of the description, such as this ...
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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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At what time is a patent enforceable?

I am faced at the moment with a potential US patent that might be enforceable in the future. It is currently undergoing a review process and the outcome is yet undetermined. I would like to know ...
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Can you file an executed declaration in a provisional application?

Attorney wants to get declarations executed with respect to the provisional application, then hold it in the file until utility is filed. This is done in case an inventor leaves the company. ...
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Can I include multiple specific software functionalities of my broad idea in a single provisional patent application?

I have a limited budget and I am looking form a startup based on my idea. My idea is related to mobile (Android, iOS, etc) apps and a supporting website. It is a broad idea which can be implemented ...
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How detailed should a provisional patent application be? (Software)

I am considering filing for a provisional patent which deals with mobile and web technologies. Now this is a method to do something. But how detailed do I go? Right now, I have something working in ...
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Confidentiality of revised diagrams in a provisional application

If I file a revision to a provisional patent (some diagrams are not detailed enough), would the original diagrams be automatically destroyed / kept secret, or will they still show?

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