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Questions tagged [usa]

Questions specifically relating to the patent system of the United States of America.

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Forming a System Claim: Am I on the Right Track?

I'm writing a system claim, and I'd like to get some feedback on an obfuscated version of it. Please don't reserve your criticism! I'm interested in learning from the best. Why am I off base? Why am I ...
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Is Patent US20090292295A1 valid in the US?

Does the patent US20090292295A1 prevent manufacture or sale of an umbilical cord ligature device in the US? Title: Umbilical cord ligature device Patent: US 20090292295 A1 1st Claim A device for ...
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What is Patent #100? Are all numbers used?

Google has a patent service (if you don't already know). Here are some example URLs: http://www.google.com/patents/US1 http://www.google.com/patents/US99 http://www.google.com/patents/US101 http://...
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Does the US patent laws limit patent applications on “obviousness to a professional”?

In Swedish patent law, there's a clear statement that for an application to be approved, the solution that it provides can't be "obvious to an industry professional". Meaning that, given the state of ...
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Does patent us7514593 apply in the UK?

I can't think of a way of making it clearer than above. Would this patent for cystic fibrosis susceptible transgenic mice apply in th UK i.e. prevent a similar patent from being granted in the UK?
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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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Is SIFT algorithm patent valid in Europe?

I want to use the SIFT algorithm for my scientific research (in EU, concretely SP), but it may end in a commercial software. I've searched the internet and what I found is that the patent is only in ...
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Should I do a freedom to operate search if I suspect parts of my product infringe [US]?

Let's say I am building on a high-tech, novel product but that combines several techniques, components and/or innovations that I suspect may be patented (though those may have expired). I would like ...
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Approximately how long does it take between Filing date - Issue date in USA?

There is only 6 months between filing date and issue date of us7445677 patent. Am I missing something?
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How to find status and citation information about a patent application

I'm looking for information on US patent application 2005/0015326. How can I find out whether this application was granted or abandoned and in either case, whether any other patents have cited or ...
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US non-provisional application for a non-resident

I submitted a provisional patent application from a foreign country to USPTO a few months ago. I researched and determined that my idea is worth a proper patent application (I made it public). Is that ...
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SHIELD Act progress

I had recently heard about the SHIELD act that was meant to help curb the lawsuits initiated by patent trolls, particularly those that are highly unlikely to succeed. I haven't seen any newer posts ...
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What is the patent owner law in US?

Let say this patent for an example: http://www.google.com/patents/USD285687 The inventors are: Jerrold C. Manock, Terrell A. Oyama, Steven P. Jobs They are working in Apple and invent that. If ...
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Is this patent US6323569 B1 still valid? Valid till? End date?

I would like to know is patent "US6323569 B1" still valid? its end date?
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Can someone patent someone else's invention?

In the history, invention conflicts were on who has patented an invention sooner. This is the subject of stealing an invention. Consider one has published an invention in any kind of media, can this ...
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Expiration date of US5597520 [duplicate]

Can 3DSystems sue Formlabs over US Patent 5597520? If it was issued in 1997, wouldn't it have expired in 2007?
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Possible US patent infringement and German company

We are currently trying to set up a startup that sells a software product online. The software can be downloaded worldwide and paid for via Paypal. Our company is a limited liability company based in ...
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Are US software patents enforceable in the UK?

The UK Patent Act 1977 clearly states that It is hereby declared that the following (among other things) are not inventions for the purposes of this Act, that is to say, anything which consists of ....
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What are the possible consequences of using software developed outside of the US that infringes a software patent?

Suppose I'm developing a software and I operate in the country that doesn't recognize Software Patents. I make my software available for users in several countries including the United States. What if ...
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When patenting in the United States, what impact does patenting in other countries too have?

I've seen where companies have filed for the same patent in multiple additional countries beyond the United States. What is the motivation for such extensive patenting? What impact (if any) do these ...
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Consequences of unwilful US patent infringment by a foreign legal entity when establishing US presence

Suppose the following situation: A company is incorporated in a country other than U.S.A., which does not allow software patents (e.g. EU member countries). This company produces an invention as a ...
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Can a granted patent be deeded to the public?

Please note, I'm not speaking in the context of a land patent, I just could not think of a better word than deed. Let's say that: I have a concrete implementation of something that can be patented I ...
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Is there a specified route to convert UK patents to US patents?

If I have an existing UK patent, is there a way to get it recognised in the US, or to convert it to be a US patent? My guess is that there must be agreements between countries on how they handle ...