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Is it permissable to manufacture a replacment part that fits in a patented product?

I wish to produce a replacement control board which is designed to fit directly in to a patented handheld machine control pendant. The new circuit board will replace a membrane switch control board ...
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How was the period for patent protection chosen?

Patents in the US last 20 years. Apparently this is a relatively common period for much of the world as well. How was this period chosen? Did the US pick a period first and the rest of the world ...
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MPEP and Case Laws

How patent Examiners either memorize or manage themselves while citing all the relevant case laws and sections of MPEP during issuance of an Office Action?
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Does complex process patent protect all of its compontent processes?

So there is a process x that is well known and has an expired patent. The original patent does not specify what materials exactly can this process be used on. Basically, (whatever) -> x -> (anything ...
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Patent application: can the citation of a figure from another author be considered fair use? [closed]

I would like to include a figure from a scientific paper which illustrates some background for my invention. I can cite the source and I can make it clear that I'm using it for illustration and ...
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difference between count and claim? [closed]

I've been reading a decision from 93' - throughout the decision the court refers to the one claim as "count". is there a difference or are these interchangeable?
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Is this patent still valid? Application deemed to be withdrawn

I am looking to add a product to my online business but want to make sure I am not infringing any patents. EP1552050 - SUPPORT DEVICE FOR FABRIC ITEMS SUCH AS CURTAINS Status: The application is ...
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Way to release technology with license, without necessity to pay money

I've got serious technology, something that can change way we handle stuff today. Problem is, that I don't have the money to fill in international patent. How should I proceed? I want humans to use ...
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What is antibody immunogenicity?

what is antibody immunogenicity?
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Use of 'substantially similar' or other phrases describing elements to be similar but not identical

Two icons in different parts of an interface are intended to be recognized as representing the same thing at some level, yet are also distinguished by other visual cues (size, location within ...
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Can a patentable but not fully developed method be protected?

Is it possible to protect a method which is otherwise patentable but which has so far been developed only in broad lines? In other words it is novel and applicable, but not fully teach-able yet. As ...
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Is becoming registered eFiler associated with any fees?

If I'm not mistaken, becoming registered eFiler (Pro Se) involves 3 steps. Creating USPTO account at https://my.uspto.gov Filling and sending Request for Customer Number - form PTO/SB/125A Filling ...
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Unregistered Patent Agents

I am trying to do research on what can be done by unregistered people. While it is clear they cannot represent in a patent court. But to what extant can they help someone one write patents? or help ...
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Under “first to file” law, doesn't that mean someone can patent-troll any currently existing product?

If "first to file" is the only thing that matters, then it doesn't matter even if the product already exists. Say a patent troll picks a popular product already in use by millions of people. They see ...
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Is there (no) reciprocity in protection between the US and China?

What is the gripe that the current US administration has with the Chinese patent system? If an inventor files (and obtains) a patent from the USPTO, but never applies for a patent in China, does a ...
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Co-inventor filed same invention again as sole inventor — Double patenting? Inequitable conduct?

I am a co-inventor together with a fellow engineer. Some time ago, we filed a provisional for our invention and close to 12 month later, in coordination with the co-inventor, I filed a PCT application ...
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Priority date of US patent for filing in other countries?

The key dates of filings of a patent are mentioned below: 16 June 2017 US Patent filing date 12 April 2018 Notice of Allowance by USPTO 16 June 2018 Australia patent filing date 18 June 2018 UK ...
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How to know if someone infringes your patent?

I want to patent a methodology for computing an important value, which is often reported by companies. My methodology gives a much better estimate of this value. The patent application attornies asked ...
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Does obtaining a timestamp for a description affect future attempts to patent it?

Allow me to ask four variants of this question in order to try and make clear what the point is. I will also answer each of them according to my current understanding, which I seek to find out if is ...
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Can I file a 'non-publication request' well after patent filing?

I've filed a utility patent application, nearly 17 months ago. At that time also filed PCT application, then withdrew the PCT application. Is it possible to file a request not to publish the USPTO ...
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Can I make an App that looks like snapchat?

I want to make an app that has transitions between screens like snapchat. (Three buttons at the bottom of the screen that are always there). Is that legal? The app will not be like snapchat in anyway ...
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Use of phrase “teach or disclose” in OA responses

The question is in context of a response attempting to overcome the examiner's cited prior art in a rejection. If stating that the prior art in question doesn't exactly address the point being used ...
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For patent do you have to make your discovery public?

I have developed a website with a friend of mine, and the site is working. But it is not currently not in a form which is presentable to the public, which will take us a little bit longer to do. We ...
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Can you patent an DialogFlow Bot?

Dialogflow is a Google-owned developer of human–computer interaction technologies based on natural language conversations. The company is best known for creating the Assistant, a virtual buddy for ...
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Abandoned Patents

I have several patent applications which were abandoned by my employer for a some reason. I wanted to explore the possibilities of reviving these applications. How can I know if they are revivable or ...
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Is there a time limit for filing a Petition to Accept Late Payment of US Patent Issue Fee (37 CFR 1.137(a)?

After non-payment of a Patent Issue Fee (being due three months after receipt of the USPTO Notice of Allowance) there is the option to file a Petition to Accept Late Payment of Issue Fee when non-...
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What is the practical value of repeating similar claims in slightly different contexts?

In claims for a computer-implemented invention, what is the practical advantage of repeating similar claims under "a method," "a system," and "a non-transitory computer usable medium" categories? i....
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Combining two possible goals or outcomes in an initial claims statement (see stated example)

Would examiners accept a Claim 1 statement ending like this? : ...in order to execute transmission to, or connection therewith, the method comprising So the issue is whether or not the claim ...
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Can an Appendix to an insurance policy be patented as a novel invention?

Can an Appendix to an insurance policy be patented as a novel invention? I have filed a PCT application that came back with the search report indicating that every claim considered Novel, Inventive ...
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Can cosmetic method that doesn't involve drugs be patented?

Just as an example, imagine I found that specific scalp massage technique prevents baldness and have done a study that proves it scientifically, can this be patented?
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PCT application: when is the last chance to file divisional applications?

Overview: I have several related inventions in a slowly emerging industry. Goal of minimizing upfront cost: I'm trying to preserve an early priority date while minimizing/delaying upfront cost as ...
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Distinction between phrases “one or more” and “at least one” and need to include phrase “a plurality of”

In claims, is there any distinction between the phrases "one or more of" and "at least one of"? If "a plurality of" has already been used in the Claim 1 initial statement (e.g., "at least one of a ...
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Can a company with a patent sue me for a product I didn't steal from them

For example, if apple get a patent on an idea, and I already had that idea and didn't get a patent for it, and I went ahead and open a company that makes a product based on my idea, can apple sue me ...
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Does notarizing the document of a description invalidate any future attempt to patent it?

In other words, can it count as prior art that will result in rejecting a patent application submitted after the notarization? Thanks. -- Edit: Due to my poor knowledge of English terminology, this ...
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Possible to make a patent with limited protection with license-like terms?

Let's say you wanted to file for a patent and wanted to allow anyone who uses the patent for personal, hobbyist, and non-commercial use and defining non-commercial to mean that manufacture to sales ...
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Register patents for “cheap” as a private person?

Broader background I am a private person, I do not own any company / business. I just realized recently I have some ideas worth patenting (worth = my own evaluation, hopefully objective). I will not ...
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Are conference papers, proceedings or journal articles published 6-7 years prior to his patent considered as published material invalidating patent?

In 102(a) it says that if you published the material before he invented it, then his patent is invalid. This is also problematic, because it involves determining when he came up with the invention. ...
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Petition to make special

If I have already received a first office action in the USPTO, will filing a petition to make special (e.g., based on age) speed up subsequent actions?
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Can a company sue for patent infringement if they aren't actively using the patent?

I am currently looking into launching a product, and did some patent research. There is a patent for an idea similar to mine (enough for my idea to infringe some of the claims), but the company doesn'...
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USPTO Patent Utility Submission Assistance Questions

As an engineer, I need to ask the right questions of counsel because they are very busy with other projects. My project is blessed with fine attorneys, however, it is up to me to submit the ...
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Application rejected at examination stage - How to proceed best?

Some months ago I filed an application for a national patent (in an EU country). The examiner pointed out several amendments to be made, which I did after I discussed with him twice. Eventually the ...
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Example of a good patent in Software Development

Wondering what an example of a "good" patent is in Software Development. Basically wondering: How long the good ones typically are (a range of sizes). How much scope one patent contains, or if they ...
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Can a continuation be sold separately from the parent patent?

Can a continuation be sold separately from the parent patent if no terminal disclaimers are in place?
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Does a continuation-in-part keep a USPTO patent family alive in the same way as a continuation?

A patent can be "kept alive" by filing a continuation before the patent issues, and then continuing to file continuations in the same manner in a chain of applications. Does the same hold for filing ...
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Can a PCT application be filed on a granted USPTO patent with a priority date that is less than a year ago?

Can a PCT application be filed on a granted USPTO patent with a priority date that is less than a year ago? And if so, do national stage patents that issue from the PCT application get the same ...
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Information Disclosure Statement

When filing a USPTO utility patent, one files a Form sb008a and sb008b: a list of other patents and non patent literature. THOUGHTS I understand one can not patent something that has been ...
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Why does the USPTO issue a 'Reference Number' for inbound phone calls?

Why does the USPTO issue a 'Reference Number' for inbound phone calls? How is the numbered used?
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Method of fabrication patents, Is it okay to import from abroad?

If I patent a method of fabrication, can someone else manufacture the product overseas and import it?
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Is there an actual listing (website, paper listing) of patent applications being published under the 18 month timeline?

I see sites like freepatentsonline has an online listing, but where do they get their listing from? Does the USPTO have a site with a listing of the 18 month publications? For example, the most ...
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USPTO Services: Patent Searches & Patent Examinations

The USPTO has a 'menu' of services that one can purchase. I suspect that a patent search and exam is required when a utility patent: Why and when is each mandatory service performed? What are said ...

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