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is the 21+3 blackjack side wager patent still active for Galaxy gaming

Is the 21+3 blackjack side bet patent expired. It is a variation of three card poker using the players first two cards and the dealers up card
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Can a common software slider input be patented if its specific function is appended in the patent request?

Square and similar big payment processors having physical devices already using such techniques for years. These guys found something existing and try to patent it. See: https://squareup.com/help/us/...
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Where and how can I patent a web improvement or idea?

I have one idea that could improve web interfaces and functionality of web sites. Where and how could I patent that idea?
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Can I patent and create an existing service with a different name, in a different state?

If I wanna patent my idea.. but there currently already have an app of it in a different state for which it's present, could I use and patent my idea that's similar to the existing one without getting ...
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Can claims be amended after patent contents become public?

I have filed non provisional, regular utility patents applications. I will be also filing continuation applications. Can I add or amend claims after the content is made public? Such as in a crowd ...
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How to fill out ADS domestic benefit and foreign priority section for bypass application?

I have a customer who wants to file US application. The situation is, He has a PCT application in pending. He has a Foreign application (Korea) within one year filing date. He wants to file ...
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What patents are IBM claiming Groupon infringed upon?

As per the title, I wondered specifically which patents IBM has alleged Groupon has infringed upon, in its $167 million case: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ibm-groupon-lawsuit/ibm-seeks-167-...
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Claims wording: too narrow and subject to workaround?

A test and measurement system records data. Would it be better to indicate: A test and measurement system that forwards data to a data store . (not a 'database'). OR is it 'good enough' to state:...
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Can someone patent an invention post-hoc

If an invention has already reached market, can the technology be patented by the inventor(s)? Is there a threshold of time post-hoc or just not possible?
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Why is an Ex Parte 102(g) Rejection necessary? If an invention has been reduced to practice wouldn't the patent be preclude by 102(a)?

A 102(g) Rejection requires that the invention be reduced to practice. However, 102(a) says that if an invention is "known or used in this country" it can't be patented. So wouldn't a reduce to ...
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Product similiar to Abandened Patent

Our original product in 2014 had patent pending, however, for various reasons we had to abandon the patent/product. We have now invented a similiar product with various differences and we have renamed ...
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Can you sue for software patent infringement after 6 years from the patent expiration date?

I was reading the JPEG Wikipedia article, and found this quote: The patent expired in December 2007, but Princeton has sued large numbers of companies for "past infringement" of this patent. (...
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Meaning and implications of “non-entry into the European phase”

A U.S. Patent that was applied for in 2014 is still shown as Pending (not granted). In 2016 I see a record of the European patent as "non-entry in European phase" code 122. There is also a record with ...
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Is there a statute of limitation on software patents?

Is there a statute of limitation on software patents? If there is a statute of limitation, when does the statute of limitation period goes into effect, is it after the release of the software that ...
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Am I getting a response for Rescission of Previous Nonpublication Request?

I filed a US patent using EFS-Unregistered on June 1st, 2018 with request not to publish. I filed the related international ePCT on June 4th, 2018. I understood that I would need to rescind the ...
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Does Amazon have a corporate reward policy for employee patent inventors?

One of the Amazon leadership principles is "invent and simplify", so I suppose Amazon encourages their employees to be creative and to fill new patent applications. I have heard a rumour about puzzle ...
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to patent world wide or is one country good enough?

If my patent is published in U.K. how much time do I have to file the same patent in other countries? Why would it be a race to file in other countries anyway?
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'Background of the Invention'

I am trying to determine whether I should include this section in a Non Provisional Application (NPA). As I read the 'Background of the Invention' it seems to provide the history of the technology ...
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How many granted patents are required to be considered a prolific inventor?

Wikipedia has a list that enumerates inventors with 200 or more utility patents. Nobody doubts they are the top prolific inventors in the world. Some companies, like IBM, recognize their brightest ...
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Can the developer of a free software be sued for damages because of an accidental patent infringement?

Assume that I created a free software that accidentally infringes on one or more software patents. Can the holders of these patents sue me for damages, even though I did not make any money from the ...
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Can I be sued for damages for patent infringement that are more than my actual profit?

Assume that I created a software that accidentally infringes on 5 software patents, and then I sold this software for a number of years and made $10,000 in profit. Can the holders of these 5 patents ...
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How can I retrieve the meta-information of all patents filed to the USPTO by a given assignee?

How can I retrieve the meta-information of all patents filed by a given assignee? I am mostly interested in title, inventor list, and year of filing, for patents filed to the USPTO. The meta-...
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How do I know if I can sell an item that is already in the market? Not sure if it has a patent or not

I had an idea that I thought did not exist but turns out it does exist and in fact I found many items for sale online (the material is different but the final purpose is the same). In that case I will ...
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“Abstract Idea” Profanity

I am motivated to understand the abstract idea because I need to understand what (if any) of my claims may be labelled with "abstract idea" and how to word my claims to minimize the probability of ...
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Does patent US20120072422A1 make it illegal for other companies to sell reference managing software that parses documents for placeholders?

Thomson Reuters have been awarded a patent for a "System and method for citation processing, presentation and transport and for validating references" that, in my eyes, looks very much like what ...
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What is the value of patent #us3260443A “Blower” My Grandfather Edward Vactor Garnett [duplicate]

My grandfather and great-grandfather Edward and vactor Garnett have over 45 patents of automobile stuff and I'm trying to do some more research on the matter.
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Okay to use “optionally” in a claim?

In a claim, is it okay to use something like: ... node A connects to node B, optionally encrypted, such as via SSL or TLS. I know I can add a dependent claim instead, but is there any advantage of ...
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Patent search results - Prior art - Obviousness

Good afternoon all, I have had my search results back from the my patent application. The initial results show four pieces of prior art cited by the examiner. I had not included any citations ...
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Does USPTO accept a sequential diagram?

I used to use a sequential diagram for a process flow between multiple components, but have never seen it in patent documents. Is it not allowed? Below is just an example of sequential diagram
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Referencing existing consumer product in provisional patent application

If I was filing a provisional patent for an invention that works with an existing product, what is the most elegant way to refer to that other product in my provisional patent text? For example, if I ...
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TM class for goods and registration

I just look up the term harmonized in TM class what does it stand for? I have included the images in which the term "harmonised", "harm", "nice", "idle" and "msg". please help me to define it.
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US patents xsds

Is it possible to get US patents schema in xsd format. I could find it in dtd format at the folllowing location but not xsds. xml-resources
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Validity / Invalidity of patent : How to approach from the beginning to end

I am here to find out the what exactly step take in order to invalidate a patent. I went through many of the articles but I got confused , is it ok to cite the family patent in invalidation if the ...
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What's obvious when there really is no good prior art?

The USPTO grants about 300,000 patents per year. Maybe half of these patents would not hold up in court simply because of "missed prior art" (i.e., prior art similar or identical to the invention but ...
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when is the next maintenance due on patent #8,425,176

I am the inventor of patent #8,425,176. I would like to know the date at which I will be required to pay another maintenance fee.
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Are these software patents with the same name and inventors distinct?

When I worked for a tech company, I was involved in patent applications. Searching the US PTO site, I see four patents with the same name and inventor lists but different patent numbers: Nielsen, ...
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How broad are patents?

If i patent a device that puts mail in peoples mail boxes and the someone else tries to patent a different way of doing the same thing, and one of my approved claims is for devices that put mail in ...
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Terminal disclamier

What happens when a terminal disclaimer is taken to a patent which itself is a continuation of a patent family that now has been sold? Only the latest member of the family is cited in the terminal ...
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The allowability of amendments

My PCT application (at EPO) has been rejected due to the lack of novelty and inventive step. Now, I am considering amendment of the claims under Article 34 PCT. The description contains the following ...
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Does „at least one“ mean a four?

The independent claim declares „comprising … at least one support.“ The dependent claim state „a body joined to said support.“ Does the dependent claim cover a body that is joined to, say, four ...
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Why have dependent claims?

Sorry for such a newbe question. I understand the purpose of making independent claims as broad as possible, and I understand that if something infringes a dependent claim, it also infringes those ...
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DE19817372C1 date order incorrect in Google Patents?

Per Google Patents, the order of dates for patent DE19817372C1 appears incorrect. Per the site, the patent expired on April 18th 1998 (Fee Related), but lists a grant date of Oct 7th, 1999. Looking ...
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How do I withdraw PCT application and refile later?

I have PCT and non-provisional US patent applications filed on the same invention. I will have to withdraw and later refile the PCT application due to inability to pay the filing fees at this time. ...
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Limit on number of “Office Actions”/Reasoned Communications at EPO?

There are two scenarios where I am unsure what the practical limit on the number of "Communications"/objections from an EPO examiner would be. However, I do realize that the annuity fee requirement ...
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Transferring images over wireless networks is patentable?

US9882740B2 appears to patent the transfer of images over wireless networks. The present disclosure relates generally to transferring digital images, and more particularly, to the wireless ...
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UK patent, early publication risk for PCT?

The UK offers 'accelerated publication', aka early publication. Will a publication of a UK national patent, after for example 9 months, pose any risk for a PCT application based on this patent, ...
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Overly broad claim

In reference to the patent: WO2017193026A1 I see that claim number 1 is too broad: A waterjet system, comprising: a pump configured to pump fluid at a pressure between 2000psi and 8000psi; My point ...
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Non-provisional application merely incorporating by reference provisional application?

In the US, it is allowed to incorporate by reference (IBR) another document, and the IBRed document is treated as though it literally exists in the citing document. Therefore, in a non-provisional ...
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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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