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A U.S. patent is to issue on a future date; is there any way to view the patent prior to the date of issue?

A patent is provided (i) Notice of Allowance, (ii) Notice of Allowance and Fee(s) Due, or (iii) Issue Notification by the USPTO with a date set in the future. Is there a way for the first named ...
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Are there regulations on how patent searches must be conducted by law firms?

For example, if someone is in the business of charging other people to do patent searches for them, are there laws that mandate how the search must be performed? For example, the business must search ...
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Google Patents showing unreasonable decline in patents

I am trying to track growth of technologies by growth of patents over time . But when I compare years, the data shows a dramatic decline in patents. For example, a search for Automotive and ...
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(International) Are the non-final office actions publicly searchable or published online or findable using the patent application number?

Are non-final office actions publicly searchable? If an attorney claims they receive an office action, is there anyway the client may find the letter of the non-final action the attorney received by ...
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Why advance google patent search not returning expected results?

Why advance google patent search not returning expected results? I want to get filtered results from Google patents by, document contains in its abstract a keyword1, a keyword2 adjacent to keyword1 ...
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Patent search firms

Is it more common for a patent attorney/agent to commit a patentability search to a search firm or to do it in house? In case of committing to a search firm: which prices are fair? how to choose the ...
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Find UK patent detail

I am looking to see if I can patent a product in the UK, I have seen another company who sells a similar product to ours. I have done a patent search and they are in the process of registering a ...
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Search issue on patent # US5269144A for Michael J. Holihan

I was the original inventor of patent #US5269144A, however; I was added later due to a major oversight. When I search my name for patents, this patent does not show up? My name is shown if you click ...
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How can I find this product?

Is there a way to find someone that makes an item with a certain patent number? Specifically, I'm looking for the product described in patent number 4,455,711.
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Search Patents by applicant or assignee city?

The USPTO patent search site provides an unusually large set of searchable fields. For a project to advise a local city, I have searched with AC/"assignee city" and AACI/"applicant city". It also has ...
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A patent for a specific wallet

Hi friends I would like to know if there is a patent for this wallet: http://zenlet.co The ZENLET wallet (https://i.stack.imgur.com/pRKNh.jpg)
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Is it possible to search patents by assignee?

My name is Jesse L Culpepper. I would like to know how many patents are in my name.
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How to find a good patent searcher?

I have searched for my invention and found some related prior art, but nothing which would prevent a good patent from being issued. There certainly are gaps in my search, however, and I'd like to hire ...
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Are there differences between Google Patents, Espacenet, The Lens and PatentScope?

Before I begin an extensive search, are there important differences between Google Patents, Espacenet, The Lens and PatentScope; or is it a matter of usability/preference?
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How do I find a patent from its number?

How can I find the patent with patent number P53958US00?
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any other patents involving baseball caps for pigtails?

Are there any patents out for baseball caps with pigtail/ponytail openings?
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Is the trademark search feature on USPTO.gov (tmsearch.uspto.gov) accurate?

My question refers to a search I performed regarding the ownership of the motto, "WHEN YOU'RE HERE, YOU'RE FAMILY" that was at least at one time the motto of Olive Garden restaurants. The part that ...
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Is there a professional cost efficient novelty search?

I had a novelty search by the UK IPO and it was extremely poor compared to the one by EPO. Maybe the difference in the fees justifies that as it is £300 vs £1,500. Is there any particular office who ...
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Is patent search reserved to agents or attorneys? Is searcher accountable?

Is providing "search services" (like patent search, patent landscape, freedom to operate analysis and so on) reserved to patent agents or patent attorneys or is it a service that any company can ...
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What are the best prior art databases and search tools?

There are many ways to find prior art (books, thesis, magazines, patents, etc etc). When doing online prior art search, what tools and databases do you use?
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Search engine to find all prior patents of patent attorney

Do you know a US / EU search engine where you can type in a patent attorney name and then find all patents and customers who he/she released patents with?
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USPTO patent search database no longer secure over web SSL https

Does anyone know how to do a safe query of the: USPTO Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT)? When queries to the database essentially go across the web either to your VPN host or ...
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How do I tell whether a paper, published online, is patented

Not sure if this is too simple a question. I have a PDF-format file downloaded from the official site of the paper's authors. This file describes a technique that I want to use in my commercial ...
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How to perform search for protein or nucleotide search in uspto

I had been trying to search for patents on proteins using amino acid sequence or nucleoside sequence for presence of patents but i am unable to find the relevant patents for the same. Please help me ...
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Is there a way to filter enormous Patent results?

I was just wondering with what tools would it be possible to filter patent results for a particular topic(Or is there a way I could just search through the claims in each patent to confirm novelty). ...
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Which is the best place to search for a filed/issued patent?

Which is the de facto and most recognizable patent DB in the world? Is it WIPO's database (the search engine and the interface seem limited) or Google Patents or maybe anything else? What is the ...
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Who owns the rights to plastic spoons now? (US D234017 S)

In reference to the patent: USD234017 Who owns the rights to plastic spoons now? Their patent was only to last 14 years
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No publication number? [duplicate]

What does it mean if both the "Earliest Publication No:" and "Earliest Publication Date:" entries in publicpair are blank ("-")? As a follow-up, how would I go about finding the publication number for ...
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What is a Formal Patent Search of Classification in Canadian patent law?

I am seeking to start patenting something, and have reached out to an organization that claims to be able to help with the patenting process. They want to do something they call a Formal Patent ...
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Tool for checking/proving the appearance of a product in the market

I was wondering if there is a tool / a database or something different that can be used to show the date of appearance of certain products in the market. It could perhaps be something similar to the "...
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Unable to get this patent ( number 75086) detail

I am trying to look into the patent mentioned on this Art Deco: Original années 1930 Betel motor car-art deco metal. Ebay has sold many in past bearing the same Patent number. As can be seen the ...
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How can I perform a global patent search for free?

I'm aware of several resources for searching the national or regional (e.g. EU) patent databases, but have found no tool for searching patents in all (or even several) countries at the same time. Is ...
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Patent Pending Thyco vintage plug

My father had this piece in his basement. It works just fine. Connected to an old lamp base. Can someone give me some info on it...I can't find anything like it on the web. Thanks so much.
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combination patent - do I need to specify type of a component (sensor)?

can I patent a machine that includes a motion sensor that has already patented. their are many types of motion sensors so can I use only "motion sensor" specific word in patent application or whether ...
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Is searching by CPC adequate while performing a patent search?

I am searching for patents similar to my product. Is performing a search on google patents using CPC adequate to find prioir art? If i do not find patents similar to my product in the search result, ...
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How do I find the previous or alternate names of a company?

I would like to search for the previous or alternate names that a US-based company uses or has used in the past. Where would I find the name history of a company? I would like to perform this search ...
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I want to know the place of publicationa and publisher name

In reference to the patent: US4464123
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What is considered applicable prior art?

I contacted an invention development company about a general idea for a new product. Shortly afterward through a simple Google search I found a product very similar to my idea being sold on internet. ...
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Images available?

In reference to the patent: US9045201 I would like to know if all this images are available anywhere to better understand the meaning of this document.
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Who holds patents for "over-size" golf club grips?

Who holds patents for "over-size" golf club grips for putters, drivers, irons etc.,? Showed my design to a patent attorney, could not afford a patent search. Later, I saw my idea being sold! It was ...
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Find patents with classification that have been reexamined

The second answer to this question suggest patents.google.com as the best way to search for reexamined patents. However, if I search for the classification 'F25B' and 'reexamination', the results ...
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How do we check if a patent already exists for our idea?

The idea in question is for a gardening tool.
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Searching for US Provisional Patents

US8261231 "claims benefit to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/472,609, which was filed on Apr. 6, 2011... The contents of the above-identified applications are incorporated by reference in ...
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How To Tell If Applicant Was Granted a Patent

So if there is no patent, only a publication number how do I tell if they were ever granted a patent or if they were, where is it? I'm looking at publication # EP2526617.
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Who can use this?

In reference to the patent: US6506148 Who has rights to this patent?
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How to know what is an important patent?

When I search for a patent on a topic, I often find a lot of patents that match my criteria. How can I whittle those results down and know which ones are important or influential for that topic? Is ...
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Is there any web site to give Patent Classification by entering the Classification code?

I want a web site to search for a patent classification by entering the classification code . For example , if I enter G02 then I have to get optics , G02C5/14 -> Side members like that.. Is any ...
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Macular Microcurrent Therapy update (literature search)

In reference to the patent: WO 2003/105945 A2 (US 7,187,977 B2) This study was reported twelve years ago and appears to have helped three patients by microcurrent therapy. Where can I find follow up ...
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Miscitation between patents due to human error?

In reference to the patents: US8159357 and its citation US7439887 The patents seemingly have nothing to do with one another, yet the patent examiner added the citation US7439887 (GIF decompression) ...
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Drawings and practical implementation

In reference to the patent: WO 2009/018016 A2 In this patent there are no drawings and no any practical implementation is shown. How would I understand the practical concept?