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Can you file a continuation immediately after filing an application?

If I have a disclosure that lacks unity of invention, I believe that I can file an application, wait for a restriction requirement, elect one set of claims and then file a divisional with the second ...
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What is the invention?

In reference to the patent: US20170093910 The patent describes the honeypot which has been used for a decade. There is no invention.
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An idea for mobile phones screen utility option

I have an idea! (Just) in my mind.it is a very useful idea when it will b practicly use in for upcoming mobie phone which will be more convenient to use there phons easily... So shall I patent my ...
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To which degree can an earlier but inoperable invention still be seen as prior art?

This question branched off an earlier question. The earlier question was about the strength of a patent/patent application if the inventors later publicly doubt operability because data that was meant ...
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I have patent applications for the same invention in different countries. Can I choose which application to use as priority for a PCT one?

I have a US non-provisional that claims priority to a provisional one. It is not published yet but its priority period has expired. I also have a pending Australian provisional application for exactly ...
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Resubmitting an application

Is there any valid reason to resubmit an application that's had an unfavorable office action and abandoned several years earlier?
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Send prior art to the patent owner or third party it to the examiner?

What's wiser - since an applicant has the duty to disclose prior art to a point would it be better to send it anonymously to the owner or jump through all the hoops it takes to get it to an examiner? ...
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How do I get correspondence contacts for any patent? [duplicate]

I was looking at some patent's that may be on conflict or consultation by their holders may be useful. During some of my research, I stumbled onto a loose PDF it has correspondence data listed. How ...
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Requirement to submit newly found prior art after Notice of Allowance or Issue Fee Payment?

In the US, a duty of disclosure to submit information material to patentability extends until the patent is granted. This means that the duty still applies after notice of allowance (NoA) and after ...
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Format of Continuation-In-Part Specification and Claims

Referring to this question: Adding useful and unobvious functionality to existing patent Alice has thus decided to proceed with filing a Continuation-In-Part application. Would it suffice a simple ...
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Adding useful and unobvious functionality to existing patent

Alice owns the patent for a blood pressure measurement device consisting of three elements: A) a sensor B) a particular signal processing circuit (the juice of the novel and unobvious functionality) ...
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Options for EPO post-grant challenges?

In the US, there are at least two USPTO proceedings that can be filed by third parties against invalid or unduly broad patents (e.g., in light of prior art not considered during prosecution): Ex ...
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What is the invention in the application?

In reference to the patent: WO2017189593A1 The application is super simple, obvious and below is the list of opensource code as evidence which responses to the intent http://github.com/paralax/...
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What is innovation here?

In reference to the patent: WO2017209845A1 Scan detection is a well-known very old technique. https://github.com/eldondev/Snort/blob/master/rules/scan.rules are open source rules. Detection is ...
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Divisional, continuation or two separate applications?

I have two related but distinct inventions, which I have drafted one specification for. What is the best strategy: file the specification with two sets of claims (which will include more than 20 ...
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can foreign company file patent in USPTO without a lawyer?

can a foreign company file a patent in USPTO without a lawyer? If yes Please tell me how.
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Is it legally justified to disparage intentionally the preceding good patent by a wrong patent?

Our patent FR2553560 was disparaged by the subsequent patent US5069827. They rejected the use of the best solvent HNO3 of our invention and claimed to use H2SO4 instead of HNO3 in nuclear fuel ...
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Can a patent be invalidated when the inventors later publicly doubt operability and the reliability of reported results?

In a concrete example, the patent application describes a particular method and, as part of the enabling disclosure, reports certain detector readings as confirmation of the expected outcome i.e. ...
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Patent 2336970 interactive electronically presented map

One of our clients received a complaint regarding the use of a interactive map. In this case Google maps with a markers overlay showing store locations. The patent https://data.epo.org/gpi/EP2336970B1-...
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PATENT EXPIRY VERIFICATION FOR APPROVED PATENTS

Please advice if the following patents are still valid 1) US 4104966A and 2) US 3931884A IS IT VALID IN INDIA OR EXPIRED AS ALREADY 20 YEARS PASSED?
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How to check for EP divisional filings?

In the US, continuation applications of a given application can be checked for in the "Continuity Data" tab in PAIR. In the case of EPO, divisionals (the analogue of continuations) may be less common ...
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Manufacturing a patented product

Good evening, I own a patented product and have found a company that has the ability to manufacture it in-house. Is there certain paperwork that needs to be in place since the product is patented or ...
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Once the non provisional patent is submitted to USPTO how long it takes to get the receipt number or patent pending status?

My attorney finally filed my non provisional patent. Provisional was filed by me in Aug 2017. Once the non provisional patent is submitted to USPTO how long it takes to get the receipt number or ...
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What is family-to-family citations and how is it different from patent-to-patent citations?

I am working on Patent Ranking project where I need to consider patent citations as one of the metric. I cant find the definition of family-to-family citations. And how is it different from patent-to-...
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Examination of applications with matter in more than one art unit/classification?

It is not uncommon for patent applications to relate to "systems" comprising subject matter relating to more than one examination art unit and/or classification. Consider a self-driving car patent ...
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China has patent

What happens if you manufacture something that someone else has a patent on. A company in China has a patent on the product that I also thought of and would like to make. To date the other ...
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How long does the US duty of disclosure last?

37 CFR 1.56 says: The duty to disclose information exists with respect to each pending claim until the claim is cancelled or withdrawn from consideration, or the application becomes abandoned. ...
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No opposition filed within time limit

what do think about patents no. EP0529765A1 and no. EP0529766A1 ? The status both is: "No opposition filed within time limit" (Status updated on 18.07.1997). Does it means the patents expired ? Thanks ...
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Can someone else claim to be the inventor after the original inventor's patent expires?

I patented a specific type of work location tool. The patent expired and I just recently saw another company selling a tool that does exactly what I claimed my tool does in it's description. I ...
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Unpublished foreign applications considered prior art for EPO inventive step?

Is it true that third-party applications which are filed earlier but unpublished at the time of filing are not considered prior art for inventive step purposes in the EPO? If so, this is a huge ...
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QUESTION ABOUT PATENT US1743543

https://www.google.com/patents/US1743543 IS THIS PATENT EXPIRED OR STILL VALID AS I PLAN TO DO SOMETHING THAT MAY BE A BIT SIMILAR
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Strategies for minimizing early cost while maximizing future options with PCT application?

My basic question is: to which degree can an imperfectly written but substantially complete PCT application still be upgraded/fine-tuned (by a good attorney) in the first couple of months after filing?...
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Is there an European (EPC) equivalent or substitute for Nolo's Patent it Yourself?

A pro se provisional patent application has been submitted to the USPTO and the plan is to sharpen the provisional patent into a non provisional application. I have received guidance that there EU ...
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European Patent

I have filed a provisional patent application in order to establish a priority date with the USPTO. That being said: does Europe have a similar mechanism to establish a priority date? what must I do ...
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Have read this patent a few times and just don't understand what the invention is?

So I have been reading patent US8010108B2 out of interest and it seems to list a lot of things the invention might do, rather than will do, and also it doesn't seem to say what it actually is? ...
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Why was the French patent FR2553560 lapsed two times in 1998? [duplicate]

I suspect that the registration of Japanese version of the patent was transferred to AREVA Japan from assignee JAERI and maintained during the lifetime of the patent. French version of the patent was ...
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Do consistently disparaged embodiments lack claim support?

Disparaging the prior art/alternative embodiments, especially in combination with a limited characterization of the disclosed embodiments (e.g. only describe embodiments without the disparaged ...
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What does it mean when a patent has a status of “grant”?

US 5333765 shows a status of "grant" on Google. However, in the PAIR database, the status "Abandoned -- Failure to Respond to an Office Action" is shown for this patent number. Does this mean the ...
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Private interest in IP for college project

this is my first question on Ask Patents and I'm new to this, so I want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding. After completing my Senior Design, which is a capstone course for seniors ...
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Sufficiency of disclosure (enablement, written desc) for genus claims?

It is generally stated in that one must both show ownership of and give the public the invention in order to get the monopoly rights of a claim (e.g. 112 in US, Art. 83 EPO). However, for purposes of ...
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Do you need to file Information Disclosure Statements for US Provisional Apps?

I would assume no based on the following from 37 CFR 1.56(a): The duty to disclose information exists with respect to each pending claim until the claim is cancelled or withdrawn from consideration,...
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Do PCT Third Party Observations count against TPO limits at Receiving Offices?

Patent offices offering third-party observations/submissions generally impose a limit on the number of TPOs than can be filed anonymously. Do PCT TPOs count against this limit? This article seems to ...
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Question about USPTO Forms

I've got a really basic question. On most, if not all fillable forms for the USTPO, there is a field that reads Total of ____ forms are submitted. What should I be entering here?
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Downloadable PDF

In reference to the patent: WO2003061405A1 I would like a printable/ downloadable copy of this patent. How might I go about this?
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To redesign an existing invention to serve another purpose

I have an idea for a different purpose. The invention that already exists has another purpose. Mine would serve as another idea for another purpose.
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JP60081025(A), Japanese version of FR2553560, Why was it lapsed in April 1997?

The Japanese version JP60081025(A) of France patent FR2553560 has been lapsed in 1997 April before the lapse of the France version in 1998. I suspect that the France Areva contracted with assignee ...
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FR2553560 was lapsed for what reason?

The France patent FR2553560 was lapsed in 1998, as notification of lapse. The patent is valuable. I think it is used in MOX plant. I would like to know the reason of lapse of the valuable patent. How ...
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EXFAT Patent. Is this prior art?

I have been reading an article describing exFAT which has patents owned by Microsoft. In the article, it also refers briefly to two sections which allegedly are patented, that being a hash of the ...
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How to patent a product when using a freelancer?

I'm looking to hire a freelancer to help develop a product for me. Once the individual provides me the schematics and designs I would like to patent them before I work on creating the app/UI. What ...

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