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Are Google patents preventing new email client products?

We are trying to develop a new software product that requires an integrated email client. We found some old patents from Google regarding email systems. https://patents.google.com/patent/US9819624B2/...
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How to fix errors in patent application submission

I've put in the wrong priority date (2018 instead of 2017) in the non-provisional patent application, while referring to a provisioning patent application. How can this kind of errors be corrected? ...
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Can I sell a product online (based out of Canada), if there is a patent on this same product in US?

I was in the process of starting an online business then found a company already selling this same product in US. On their website it says they have a patent pending on it. How would this affect my ...
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What is the real effect of “a combination there of”?

I wonder what is the real effect of "a combination there of". If I write "a,b,c" vs "a,b,c, a combination thereof". I understand the logical difference. Is there a precedent in which usage in the ...
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What is the strength of the patent, if during re-examination all the independent claims get cancelled and only dependent claims are confirmed?

In the patent US7292151B2, many claims including independent claims have been cancelled during reexamination. However, patentability of corresponding dependent claims is still confirmed. In this case, ...
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Restrictions on PCT filing based on nationality and residence

I am a UK citizen resident in Finland, and I have recently filed a utility patent application with the USPTO (one month ago, in fact). Can I now file a PCT application with the UK Patent Office, ...
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What is a difference between System Claims and Method Claims?

In many countries, system claims are treated differently as compared to method claims. I wish to understand - What is difference between system and method claims? Generally speaking, in what ...
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One design patent for multiple interchangeable parts on a product?

Can I get a single design patent for a design with multiple interchangeable parts? Let's say I design a hat with multiple interchangeable decorative parts. You could buy the base hat with some velcro ...
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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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Invention Protection for a Device With Two Different Mechanisms

If there is a device -I know that it have never been existed before- that can be implemented by two different mechanisms, lets say one rotary and the other is a linear movement mechanism. And they are ...
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Materials for learning about patent litigation and valuation?

I'm an engineer with a fair bit of business and strategy experience. I also read several books about patents, large parts of the Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP), many patent documents, ...
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Timeline for revival of abandoned application

Is there any time line for revival of an abandoned patent application?? I am aware an application is considered abandoned in view of applicant’s failure to submit a proper reply to the Office action ...
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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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What does “in a further preferred embodiment” refer to in a patent?

I'm reading through a patent and in the section titled "Detailed Description of Preferred Embodiment" there are several paragraphs that begin with: In a further preferred embodiment of the ...
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Can industrial processes described in patents be replicated in Not-for-profit organisations without a license?

I wonder if the processes described in patents can be replicated in not-for-profit organisation, that is, organisations that by statutory contract do not aim to commercialise a "copied" version of ...
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How long does it take to receive a provisional patent filing receipt?

I electronically filed my provisional patent application on December 26, 2018. When can I expect to receive my provisional patent filing receipt from the USPTO in the mail? At what point can I began ...
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Where is Applicant Response to Pre-Exam Formalities Notice on EFS Web?

I have been asked to update some drawings for an application I submitted online, and told I could submit my reply via EFS-Web. However, after authentication, I am told that I am not authorized to ...
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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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Extracting USPTO Family Id for Patents

Is there any bulk data source where we can extract the "Family ID" for each patent? The "Family ID" data is shown in the search app from USPTO (http://patft.uspto.gov). I looked into USPTO Bulk ...
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Is it necessary to define the expected usage scenario for a patent?

Let's say PERSON A has a patent idea for a new type of golf club... and in their patent application, they say the reason for the invention is that golfers need a better tool to do x,y, and z to help ...
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US20180247698A1 Patent Application is Crashing on Prior art - Springer Book chapter 5 published in 2010

This US Patent application is from the Korean patent KR101872823, granted to Korean University 2018-06-29. Patent title is 'Method for SRAM Yield Estimiation'. The same idea had been published by IBM ...
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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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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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Patent Application Development Artifacts

From the inventor perspective that has an patenet attorney team developing a patent, I am trying to put together a plan comprising a list of deliverables (to be produce by patent attorneys), each with ...
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what is the registration no for the Certification of Micro Entity Status form

I am filing the CERTIFICATION OF MICRO ENTITY STATUS form. But I don't know where to get the Registration No., which is at the end of the form. Edit: I am doing it by myself for provisional.
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Can a protocol for detection of acupuncture meridian blockage be patented?

I have developed an easy to use way to detecting blockages in the Chinese acupuncture meridian systems. Can this set of protocols be patented? If so, how do I go about doing it. Your comments and ...
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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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Is this prior art for “Reiki ornament” (US D663234 S1)?

I came across this design patent in Google: "Reiki ornament" (US D663234 S1) And I realized it describes a design that is very similar to this artifact, which is on display at a Tibetan museum. Can ...
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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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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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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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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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How is the truth established in court for cases involving truly high-tech patents?

How are truly high-tech cases requiring specialized knowledge decided in court? Either side, if we are talking about big companies, can hire experts who will testify to whatever is needed. The judges ...
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Tracking and Managing Group Expenditures (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a Final Rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! Thanks to YOU, the Ask Patents ...
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Bulk extraction of patent information

Are there any patent databases, besides USPTO database, that allows bulk extraction of patent information free of charge / for a minimal fee?
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How to get a patent or patent application permalink at the USPTO website?

I'd like to link to certain patents or patent applications filed with the USPTO. Google Patents makes this relatively straightforward, hosting patents & applications at this URL scheme: http:/...
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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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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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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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Patent US640598A

What is the value of this.. I can only find drawings of it and it says it was never produced but I have one
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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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