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I'm writing a provisional patent application for my app, and I have a couple of questions

I'm writing a provisional patent application for my app, but I'm confused. I've heard companies like Tinder or Facebook filing individual patents for features/technologies that they developed. So, ...
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Is it possible to sell a patent that already has been in production?

I hold a current Utlity Patent on a children’s product with 8 years left before expiring. How do you go about selling? Thanks Lisa
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Approximate Time for USPTO actions

My query is i. Approximate time taken by USPTO to issue patent after payment of issue fee. ii. For payment of first maintenance fee, 3.5 years period is counted from date of grant or from priority ...
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Online Game Patents

So i'm quite new to this and i've been trying to find something about this subject, but most of the questions people are asking are if they can patent their game, and i'd like to know what games i can ...
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Is PCT application content/format should be exactly as the field national application?

I am from Qatar and planning to file a patent application at national level, then a month later to file a PCT application for the same patent. I was told that the national level approval will take ...
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Before the American Inventor's Protection Act of 1999, were inventors allowed to request pre-grant publication?

Before the American Inventor's Protection Act of 1999, were inventors allowed to request publication of their patent applications before the grant date? If so, did many choose to do so? The following ...
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Advice for Prior Art Shared via Social Media

In January of this year I shared an image of an invention via a certain social network. I would now like to file a provisional patent to buy me some time while I see if the invention is economically ...
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Who owns copyright to computer code disclosed in a patent?

I wonder if anyone can enlighten me on something I have never understood. Supposing that I include computer source code in a patent application. Let us suppose that the source code remains unchanged ...
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Meaning of Earth gravity for patents based or related to it

Mostly, patents assume normal gravity condition. Imagine a device which would not work upfront in low or absent gravity. Would a modified device but working for same purpose and all other considered ...
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Emailing Patent Drafts to Attorney

Assuming attorney client privilege has been established, what concerns are there if patent drafting communications are sent via g-mail (discussions, patent drafts, trade secrets, patent claims , ...
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USPTO Non Provisional Application and European Filing

A USPTO Provisional Application (PPA) has been submitted and a NPA is to be drafted. That being said, What needs to be done \ avoided to maintain eligibility to file a European Application? What is ...
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How to protect the intellectual property of a document layout?

I want to protect the intellectual property of a design for a certificate (diploma) that is non-trivial and distinctive. Most of the distinctiveness of the design comes from the position of the ...
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After filing Regular patent applications, can I file a Provisional, which would be the basis of Continuation filings after I go public?

I previously asked this question: 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 ...
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Google Docs as Collaboration Platform

I have used Google Docs to collaborate with distance partners to develop materials that are not confidential \ sensitive. The ability to quickly modify and discuss changes in real-time is terrific. ...
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Can an abandoned patent affect an issued one ? There's a twist

Patent A was filed formally, March-13-2010, published Nov-2011 Patent B was filed provisional, March-14-2010, then formal-filed Mar-2011 The patents covered some similar areas, but Patent B spec was ...
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Is there any reason not to use Powerpoint for Application Drawings?

An invention has no circuits or mechanical engineering drawings, there are however maps of how to deploy sensors and maps to for sequential data flow & processing. Is there any reason not to use ...
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Claim value and detectability of infringement

In days of yore, mechanical inventions had physical embodiments and patent infringements were visible to the eye. Fast forward to the age of information where methods and devices to solve problems ...
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Why would a corporation file a continuation that consists of one large claim?

I've found an allowed continuation to a parent patent application, in which the continuation contains a single claim that appears to be one long concatenation of the original 20 claims of the parent ...
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Patent for detect relation between html elements

I'm a programmer, and got a warning letter for patent infringement from a competitor's product company. My product is an Internet filter, and the relevant part - probably - is censoring negative ...
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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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Patent term for PCT claiming priority to US non-provisional

I am so confused in a question and need your kind help. If I filed a PCT case on 2018/1/1 claiming priority to an US non-provisional (US1), which was filed on 2017/1/1. Then, if the US national ...
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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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How to I search for patents related to for videos/images/voice recorder?

I am planning to make one online gallery mobile application. In my mobile application I have to upload videos/Images/Voice Record message into cloud and showing in my User Interface. But is there any ...
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The tense in Examples in a patent application

the invention concerned comprises three components, and one of them is an elastomer which does not contain a functional group (4). I used this term "an elastomer which does not contain a functional ...
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Is “Modeling Users for Fraud Detection” too generic for a patent?

In reference to the patent: US20100094767 This is a generic idea that could be easily considered by anyone with a modicum of BI knowledge and AI acumen. Could this patent possibly be granted?
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Is entity status determined per patent family?

If a pro-se inventor, qualifying for small-entity status, licenses a patent application to an undiscounted entity such as a large corporation, does that mean that only that patent application (plus ...
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Design Around Existing

I have been designing a device and acompanying software and recently found an extremely broad utility patent that has a claim that is very similar and covers the some of the general functionality of ...
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How to search for examples of design patent applications?

I want to learn by looking at some examples of design patent applications. Is there a public repository of the history of a design patent application process as there are for trademarks? Thank you ...
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When would an entity decide to convert a provisional application to a non-provisional application

For the sake of simplicity, I will limit the scope to utility patents. In what scenarios would it be advantageous for an entity to convert a provisional utility application to a non-provisional ...
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Systems and methods claims

The invention of interest is a system comprised of methods and a collection of tangible measurement device & electronic data collection systems. I was advised to avoid mixing: the structure ...
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Machine, device or apparatus?

What is the process to decide if the tangible invention is a machine, device or apparatus? Any line of thought and supporting examples is appreciated. A singular \ monolithic invention may fit any ...
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I would like to know who owns us4106454a

My father the inventor was "legally" removed from his invention with a contract he signed stating that there was to be a board created. It was a rotating board that had my father start out as ...
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How do patent offices assure examiners are qualified to examine a patent?

As we know, a patent grants a monopoly for some period. I've been reviewing patent applications. It appears that typically only one patent examiner reads the application. It seems problematic that ...
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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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Get the citations of a given patent programmatically from lens.org

Using a web browser, I can manually get the citations of a given patent using lengs.org as follows: Visit: https://www.lens.org/lens/search?q=US7723099B2&preview=true Click "Cited Works" For each ...
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Is a US patent (US D765,756 S) covering Europe?

I'm in the importing process for products from China and I discovered patent US D765,756 S. It's a patent from Taiwan, registered in the US. Does US D765,756 S apply in Europe? What does S at the end ...
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claims drafting

In reference to the patent: WO2015002635A1 Is it ok to write a word like ''substantially'' in claims?
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Finding GB Designs

I'm having trouble locating the pdf for what seems to be a GB Design which google patents indicates exist. Espacenet can't find it, Designview can't find it, there's no text/images in google patents. ...
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If the 12 month window for PCT application is missed, is all opportunity lost for foreign patents?

If the 12 month window for PCT application is missed and the patent has no new material since priority date, is there no way to apply for foreign patents? I misunderstood the timing guidelines and ...
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Mayo 2-step test \ Broadest Reasonable Interpretation of Claims

As an engineer, I am seeking to understand the nuanced meaning of "Broadest Reasonable Interpretation of Claims". Is there a generally accepted thought process that one arrives at to arrive at BRIoCs?...
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Can I use forward numerical referencing in Detailed Description?

I am drafting a Provisional Application. I have two drawings. Figure 1 : (1.01,1.03) Figure 8 : (8.01,8.03) as part numbers. In the detailed description of Fig 1, can I take the reference of 8.01? ...
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Step by step walk through for a United States low income patient

How do I apply for the patent process mentioned in the below question's answer? Can someone guide me on how to do this? Is there a cheaper patent for low income applicants? I understand that I am ...
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Claimed Invention “As a Whole”

QUESTIONS What is the nuanced meaning of "CLAIMED INVENTION AS A WHOLE"? Put another way: Why not just write CLAIMED INVENTION? What is the alternative, "claimed as a ???"? USPTO PASSAGE A ...
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What is the relationship between my two apparently identical patents?

Patents US9607415 and US9613446, which I invented and do not understand, appear identical. What is the relationship between these? Are they legally distinct, with one a continuation? Did the lawyers ...
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U.S. Patent Law: Filing a Regular Application with broader claims than the provisional - will the USPTO deny the earlier filing date?

Let's say an Inventor is trying to patent a drinking cup/mug. In July 2018, the Inventor files a Provisional Patent Application, with a claim for "a cylindrical drinking vessel storing consumable ...
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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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