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Amendment of objectionable or rejected claims?

As I understand it, claims can be: rejected: the substance is unallowable under 35 U.S.C. 101, 102, 103 and/or 112. objected: the form of the claim is improper 37 CFR 75 grouping requirement ...
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Great joke, good work! [on hold]

But not the first one, this has been done for decades. You can patent pretty much any idea you like, doesn't have to do anything with reality.
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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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Patent Application Size

If I am searching for a patent agent to review a patent application, I would expect that the agent would want to understand the size / complexity of the work. How is this typically ballparked? For ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I would like to use this mirror for motorcycle use with different mounting as sold

In reference to the patent: USD247292 I would like to use the mirror with an "L" bracket (manufactured) installed in place of the bar end mount for off-road motorcycle use. "L" bracket would be ...
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Github for Patents?

Does anyone know of something like a github for patents? somewhere where you can publish a granted or provisional patent and designate it as open source, enabling others to fork it or use it in their ...
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Criteria for patenting an item whose main part uses the design of a patent's part but whose function is diffrent

I visualize a way to modify - but principally leave intact - (only) one component of an existing patented, mult-component, commercial, marketed product whose conceived, intended, advertized, and ...
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Outcome of referencing earlier patents in your patent application

Most likely, I will reference MS Color Picker patent in my patent application. My software will use this color selection feature. If my patent gets accepted, will MS (or anyone else whose patent I ...
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Effect of remaining term length

Is going against prior art that conflicts with my patent or product with 10 years remaining or 10 days remaining the same? edit: If in my invention or product uses an invention that was previously ...
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Patent Claim Interpretation

In patent claims why the clause 'based on' is considered to have a broader scope as compared to the other clauses (e.g. using, depending, etc.).
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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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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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Redesign of ref#112 knob

In reference to the patent: US20090199918 The adjustment knob 112 pulls up from a locked position to rotate for pressure adjustment and pushed down to return to locked position. This knob is used ...
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beelinereader patent coverage

I am a fan of beelinereader, I want to use same idea to implement a reader app,in their website it is written that their technology is patented as here https://patents.google.com/patent/...
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How to handle a non-final action with only a provisional non-statutory double patenting rejection

I have two granted patents - parent A and parent B, and each has a continuation: continuation A and continuation B. Parent B has a terminal disclaimer against parent A. Continuation A and and ...
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Legal ramifications of including research algorithms in software products sold to clients

If I am a UK-based software vendor or 'software as a service' company, what are the legal implications of including academic research algorithms in products sold to European and international clients? ...
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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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How to make patent family graph?

How to find total patent family for a given topic per year? Please provide answer with example.
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How to interpret prior art with broad claims and narrower specification in order to invalidate another patent?

Brief context I'm in the early stages of product development, pre-prototype. (Subtext: definitely no funds available for a legal opinion. I'll cross that bridge when it becomes feasible; for now, I'...
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Are these patents unreasonably broad? US20130158984A1, US20130151240A1, US20130198196A1

There's a patent that's been granted and now owned by LinkedIn, that appears to cover any and all permutations of a computer automatically validating something. Patents US20130158984A1, ...
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making and selling protected patent

I meant to produce a tool in China and that the product is for sale in a European Union. I learned that this tool patented and now I have a problem to realize my idea. A company that can make that ...
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is the patent for adding a any kind of magnet to the lash

In reference to the patent: US20160206031 I just wanted to know if other companies are aloud to sell the magnetic eyelashes? is the patent for adding a any kind of magnet to the lash (whereby no ...
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What Exactly Is It That Is Covered By This Resource Mechanic Patent?

In reference to the patent: US7216870 Does this mean that one cannot create a game that allows players to gain a resource when playing a card? Or would making resource accumulation as part of a ...
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Common Pitfalls of filing NPA submission at USPTO

I am planning to file a non provisional application that is due this month 18-April. I intend to try e-file the NPA on Friday the 12th so as to have some time incase something does not go favorably. ...
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State law about employers giving inventor chance to take forward an application before abandoning

While working for a major US company headquartered in California (but registered in Delaware), I was the named first inventor of a patent application. I quit the company in 2014 to pursue a full time ...
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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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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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Is it possible to get a patent for a new Web Browser 'Button'?

Is it possible to get a patent for a new Web Browser 'Button'? I don't have knowledge about patents and I don't know if this new thing really fits to this thread. Basically I was thinking for ...
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Can I tell about idea details before posting a patent?

I have a business plan for selling apparel over the Internet, with unique features that distinguish this idea from other sites. Before patenting this idea in the WIPO, can I tell about particularities ...
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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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Giving away half of your patent

I am looking at getting a patent but am having to go through a third party, which is a college to save money since I am a college student. I was wondering, if I give half of the patent to the school ...
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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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Mobile application Social network module patents

There are so many social networking apps available in AppStore and PlayStore. Almost all the modules and features are same in all those apps (like feedpage, photos/videos upload, chatting, etc). So If ...
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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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US20160239804 Modular Air Delivery based on behaviour of existing product and public UAV delivery contests - PRIOR ART REQUEST

In reference to application US20160239804: I am wondering what is the legal situation here, "Thererefore, at least the following is claimed: *assessing weather along a route... *evaluating approach ...
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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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How to determine Canadian patent life-time?

Is patent CA 2561773 A1 still valid or pending? Event shows: dead in 2008 Please inform of risk of patent infringement.
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What does US20160034139 cover?

In reference to the patent: US20160034139 The patents link has no diagrams and hence it is very difficult to understand what this patent is all about. Can someone please explain? The first claim ...
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Call for Prior Art US Patent 7,888,125 (Theranos) Duke v. Stanford

Call for prior art: Can you find better art for this patent that claims novelty based on a comparison of device output with a known constant? U.S. Patent No. 7,888,125 (Theranos) Filed March 24, ...
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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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