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What happens to the new patent, if there is another similar provisional patent (withdrawn or fee not paid ) available for public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but there is a provisional patent available for public which is not valid (may be they have not paid the fee or it was withdrawn).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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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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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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Why are claims not mandatory in provisional application?

Well, a claim refers to the extent of the protection conferred by a patent. If claims are so important so why they are not mandatory for the provisional application? There has to be a reason for such ...
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Provisional vs Non-provisional patent dates

Lets say I file a provisional patent at December 2020 with claim A. Some company B decides to file a application for non provisional patent with the same claim A at January 2021, because my ...
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My professor did not write my name in the inventor list although I am the lead author on the publication that claim the product

I am current graduate (international) student in a chemistry lab in USA which filed a provisional patent. I just discovered a few days ago that I am not the inventor on the patent although I solely ...
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In which countries can you file a provisional patent application?

What countries can you file a provisional patent application in?
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Can I refile my own provisional patent that has lapsed due to delay in responding to USPTO?

There was some issue with my provisional patent filing and the time given by USPTO to respond has lapsed. So, could I refile the patent as a NEW provisional patent filing under the SAME title 3 months ...
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Provisional Patent Application Cover Sheet Error

I recently submitted a provisional patent application but I realized that I accidentally checked a box "Application Data Sheet" on the cover sheet even though I did not include it on my submissions. ...
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Are patent applications publicly available?

Are patent applications of pending patents publicly available? If so, can they be download somewhere?
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Can text from a provisional application be added to a PCT application after the PCT application has been filed?

Can a text omission from a provisional application be considered as a new subject matter when submitted for amendment during the chapter 2 of the PCT application?
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Advice for Prior Art Shared via Social Media

In January of this year I shared an image of an invention via a certain social network. I would now like to file a provisional patent to buy me some time while I see if the invention is economically ...
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Can I use forward numerical referencing in Detailed Description?

I am drafting a Provisional Application. I have two drawings. Figure 1 : (1.01,1.03) Figure 8 : (8.01,8.03) as part numbers. In the detailed description of Fig 1, can I take the reference of 8.01? ...
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Is a photograph appropriate for a PPA?

An electronic measurement system is built of 'computer off the shelf' components: there are no custom designed parts. QUESTIONS Does it make sense to provide a diagram of the interconnected parts ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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provisional patent description similar to another patent

i am in process of writing a PPA by myself. to write the detailed description,online resources suggested to look into similar patents to have an idea how to write it. i did find a patent which is very ...
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which documents need to be in a USPTO provisional utility patent for a software system

Presently I have: COVER SHEET ABSTRACT and CLAIMS What's missing?
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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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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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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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