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Claiming various solutions to solving the same problem

if my invention includes various solutions to solving the same problem such that all solutions are independent of each other, how should I claim such an invention?
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What is Notice of Allowance at the European Patent Office (EPO)?

A key questions form a seminar is: What are the necessary steps for obtaining a Notice of Allowance at the European Patent Office (EPO)? What does the notice grant?
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help with filling up form: Petition for Extension of Time 37 CFR 1.136(a)

A simple one, but slightly confused: in the form, the 3rd row titled: "For": I am assuming this is supposed to be the title of the invention, and NOT the purpose of filing the petition. Please correct ...
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Do I have to disclose the infringement in the Information Disclosure Statement form?

Let's say, I filed my Provisional in Jan 2019. I disclosed my work to the public in Mar 2019. An infringer copied my disclosed work and released a product in Jun 2019. I'll file a non-provisional ...
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How to fix a dependent claim that is not of the same genus as the independent claim

When entering into a national phase in the US, how should claim X in the following example be amended? Claim 1: “A system for watering grass wherein (…)” Claim X: “A golf course comprising an ...
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Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination 3 time

I was twice rejected from the patent office. Now after a second amendment, I received: "Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination" What now?
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Is a Markush Group claim less strong than its components written as separate dependent claims?

I am trying to decide if adding a lot of extra claims is worthwhile; in this case it would add about 15 more over just using the Markush group, due to repeating in context of 3 different independents. ...
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can a math formula or math algorithm be patented?

can you patent an algorithm (math ) like it happened with PAGE RANK algorithm ?? isn't supposed that math is free for everyone ?
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Is a claim containing two alternatives valid?

Is this claim valid or is this an example of alternative claiming of one or more species. 2. A method of claim 1 further comprising: enforcing at least one of: application rights, application ...
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Non-Elected, Rejected and Objected claims, and reviving the abandoned patent

I followed my patent application after 3 years and found that it is abandoned. The abandonment report mentioned that patent has been abandoned because "No reply has been received". The final claim ...
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How fees are calculated for new claims that replace cancelled claims?

If during response to an office action I cancel a claim and then introduce a new claim in its place then: Do I have to pay a fee for the new claim or is it covered under a previously paid fees, ...
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Can claim preamble contain terms not present in specification?

I would like to use the term "non pliable" in the claim preamble which does not appear in the specification. However the term "pliable" does appear in the specification but is not specifically defined....
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Is it necessary for a national application to claim priority to the PCT application to get the provisional protection?

A week back, I got a very good answer regarding PCT provisional protection. I have a related question. Is it necessary for a national application to claim priority to the PCT application to get the ...
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Way to Claim a theoretical model of how a device works for under $200

I have recently come up with a very interesting concept in engineering that I would also like to share with peers. However, I am relatively fearful that someone may hear the idea and make it or patent ...
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Any startup service that streamlines the patent process?

My question is not technical and possibly some people here will think it's not an appropriate question. But I thought that this community is possibly the only place where it has a chance of being ...
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How to delimit the last element in a list of means?

The claim 2 has a list of means that apply to "the object" but it may be misconstrued that the last element in the list is not "intercepting" but rather "intercepting the object" in which case the ...
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How to separate method from machine in a claim?

Is the claim 2 mixing method and machine and if it is how would you rewrite it to avoid it? 1. A method for doing things comprising: step 1; step 2. 2. The method of claim 1, wherein at least one ...
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Can a claim “wherein” clause contain past tense?

I have a claim like this. 1. A method for ....., the method comprising: providing X for a user; 2. The method of claim 1, wherein the user was instructed to do X The claim 2 contains the ...
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Revision of an application after submission, when responding to a deadline to maintain family continuity

I have a fast-approaching deadline to make payment on an NOA application (a CON on original granted patent), in order to get it granted. I also want to keep open the chance to extend the family by ...
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Is this a common practice to amend a claim by striking through every word in the original claim?

Is this a common practice to amend a claim by striking through the entire text of the claim and introducing completely new text, instead canceling the claim and introducing a new claim. I mean no word ...
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Is my patent expiring because of no payment?

Is a payment due on this patent? 7878576. If so, how do I pay?
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Nested Claim Construction (US patent practice)

How do you separate the sections of nested method claims to avoid misinterpretation. Claim 1. A method for doing something the method comprising: making square widget comprising: petting the ...
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Can one claim priority from a PCT application after filing non-provisional?

Let's say, I filed a USPTO provisional in Jan 2019. I filed a USPTO non-provisional in Jun 2019 by claiming priority to the provisional. I'll file a PCT application in Dec 2019 by claiming ...
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How to protect my idea/prototype at little or no cost?

I have an idea for a medical device that has been called "phenomenal" , "solid idea" etc...from medical professional friends of mine. Now I don't want companies in China to copy my idea...! Problem ...
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Can an inventive step included in the “wherein” clause?

I have a process that performs the same steps as prior art. However my "wherein" part is completely unique. Will it be considered as a valid independent claim?
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What can we do if a manufacturer in China copy our US patented product and sell them directly to US end user through E commerce

What can we do if a manufacturer in China copied our US patented product and constantly sell their copies to US buyers through international E commerce platform? This Chinese company does not have a ...
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Should I use “and” or “or” for “at least one of” structure when only two items involved?

From my understanding, when we use the phrase like "at least one of A, B, C and D", it means AD, BD, CD, ABD, BCD etc. i.e. D is mandatory "at least one of A, B, C or D" means any single item or any ...
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Should I file a design patent on a different embodiment of a utility patent?

After filing a utility patent a simpler embodiment of the invention came to mind as a separate product. The simpler embodiment is covered in the first claim only since the dependent claims define the ...
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Is there any consequences if I don't amend claims properly before the PCT deadline?

PCT application claims can be amended one time via Article 19 and 34. From my understanding, one can amend claims in the national phase. So what is the point of having limitation in PCT? In US, one ...
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Is this patent US only?

I'm unclear on what does patent US D781711S claim & specifically in which region. I've talked with some mates that have studied patent law & they seem as puzzled as me. Anyone care to help? ✌️
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Asserting prior art to invalidate patent

I have 16 years of prior art that would fully invalidate a patent granted in 2019. The patent has two claims (effectively the same claim repeated twice). It has no preferred embodiment. I have had a ...
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Can an improvised device made of used packaging be patented?

I'm using a so-called cantenna (antenna made of a used can) as an example. Suppose there's no evidence that anyone has tried a cantenna but antennas of similar design, just made of other materials, ...
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What is the proper way to cover alternative methods in claims?

I do understand the transitional phrase "comprising" is a broad one. A method comprising Step 1 The above method is infringed as long as step 1 is executed. But how do I protect when an equivalent ...
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I created an object that I never patented but someone else did I don't know

I created an object but never got around to patent it. I mailed the drawings and all my design ideas to myself to protect the right of later patenting it. I still have that mailing unopened in my ...
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Patent attorney costs [duplicate]

I know that it is difficult estimate the cost of any particular patent from start to finish. There are so many variables that can affect any single patent application. Certainly there are rough ...
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US expired but active WIPO application enforceable in US?

I am curious about this patent having an active application with WIPO, but expired with the US. Although I believe this patent is non-novel and infringes upon previous patents, is this patent ...
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does the Legal terminology “digital photograph” refer to the Legal terminology “video”?

I have a patent that describes an action that contain a use of digital photograph. There is a company is coping my patent except for the fact she uses live video instead of photos. I can easily prove ...
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What are the patents that UCSB have on LED filaments?

I've seen several news articles saying that University of California Santa Barbara is suing five retailers for making "vintage edison LED bulbs" using patented LED filament technology without a ...
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Filing to expand on already filed utility patent, how do I go about this?

I have already filed non-provisional utility patent applications. I need to add more information prior to the USPTO publishing one of them. Basically, I'm going to copy the existing application, and ...
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What is the proper way to file both USPTO and PCT application?

I have two USPTO Provisional Applications. I'm about to file a USPTO non-provisional by claiming priority to those two Provisionals. I'm also planning to file a PCT application. The specification, ...
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Which is the best place to search for a filed/issued patent?

Which is the de facto and most recognizable patent DB in the world? Is it WIPO's database (the search engine and the interface seem limited) or Google Patents or maybe anything else? What is the ...
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Can someone patent their product with a solution I designed?

I was presented with a possible invention the way the person presented the product there were many problems. I went away and came up with a design that would work for his requirement. At no time did ...
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Risks in mentioning unpatented inventions in a college application

I'll be applying to the undergraduate programs of several US universities this upcoming fall. A chief component of the college application is the extracurricular activities portfolio, of which ...
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Is multiple figures allowed in the same sheet? [duplicate]

I have plenty of diagrams in my patent. Many of the diagrams are small ones. All figures are named like Fig 1A, Fig 1B, Fig 2A etc. I wanna reduce the sheet count. Can a single sheet show both Fig 1A ...
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Patent Licensing Database?

I am working on a research project where, for a given number of patents (there are many) we would like to find licensing revenue information. Where can I find licensing information on patents? Are ...
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Describing your own prior art in specs for a CIP

In a CIP application that is essentially an improvement on one's own prior art: Should specifications review and summarize what the parent patent (or application) does (maybe state that patent's ...
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Blog post explaining a patented algorithm

Hi Ask Patents community, I recently came across a software product in my industry that I thought was interesting. I decided to look into how their software works and ended up discovering their US ...
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Very Difficult Low Productivity Examiner with Questionable Approach - What Options for Applicant? UPDATE

An institutional entity filed a patent application. It's tangential to their primary subject, and probably is a placeholder until refined. A few months later an individual (me) filed a significantly ...
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provisional patent description similar to another patent

i am in process of writing a PPA by myself. to write the detailed description,online resources suggested to look into similar patents to have an idea how to write it. i did find a patent which is very ...
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Can i import and sell a product in my country, that is patented and also manufactured from china?

I wonder if i can import and sell a product which is patented in another country (China) but sell it in my own land (Netherlands). There are no registrations from it in european lands. I have searched ...

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