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Will a patent for a bug repellent that uses a mix of substances become invalid when it is proven that there is prior art for one of those substances?

Lets imagine that I have invented a new kind of bug repellent that targets one specific bug. This repellent uses a group of active ingredients to repel said bug. Each active ingredient does so in its ...
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Hello. I would like to know the 1972 British patent number for the Terfenadine drug composition assigned to Merrel Dow. Thank you

This British patent was cited in: Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc. and others vs. HN Norton & Co. Limited, United Kingdom House of Lord Decisions [1995] UKHL 14 on 26th of October 1995. Thank you.
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Can two separate dependent claims be used to reject one claim in an obviousness-type double patenting rejection?

Suppose an application is filed in the US with the following claim: A widget comprising X and Y. And the Inventor has another co-pending application claiming the same widget, but with X and Y ...
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Patent on public domain information? I covered this patent in my books

https://patents.google.com/patent/CN106577131A/en?q=(method+for+quickly+growing+arborsculpture+by+grafting+large+branches+togther)&oq=method+for+quickly+growing+arborsculpture+by+grafting+large+...
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Could we view a list of patents filed by an attorney on USPTO website?

Is this possible? I'm looking to hire attorneys who are majoring in certain fields.
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Is it allowed to include substances in a patent that will not be used in the final product but have very similar characteristics to the one that is?

Let's say i've made a new product for repelling lice and wish to patent it. Let's imagine that the active ingredient of this lice repelling product is ethanol. Ethanol is a member of the alcohol ...
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What is a coversheet provisional patent application?

A lawyer mentioned that to me. Also he compared it to strategic provisional.
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Applicant response to Pre-Exam Formalities Notice

I was asked to file several documents that weren't contained in my provisional patent application. To E-File the documents, the letter must include a "Applicant response to Pre-Exam Formalities ...
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If I am a US citizen and I want to patent an idea but I don't have any money, what is the best way to protect it? WIPO? USPTO? Where to start?

If I am a US citizen and I want to patent an idea but I don't have any money, what is the best way to protect it? WIPO? USPTO? Where to start? All the answers I saw on June 17, 2023 were excellent. I'...
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Is it best to provide as many examples in detailed description section?

I've been reading some patents and also watching this video. Is it true that the more embodiments/examples of how the disclosure looks, is used, etc the better it is for the patent to uphold itself? ...
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Follow-up question - Good ways for inventor to stage patent attorney for success

(Motivation) I asked this question: Patent Enablement - how do you balance retention of secrets and teaching make and use (Rough Question) In the comments the question came up: What is the best (or at ...
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Is RWS Article One Partners a scam?

I joined Article one and submitted around 200 patents information and have seen that there are more qualified people submitting information which is better than mine. The chances of me getting any ...
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What if I didn't mention all the use cases for my invention across different sectors?

I wish to file my own provisional patent (I'm jobless without an income so I can't afford an attorney). I have an idea that solves many problems across different industries. Should I mention all the ...
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How was this Bitrex based repellent invention able to be patented while there were already similar bitrex based products invented before?

While browsing patents.google.com I stumbled on this invention that was patented in 2020. Its a repellent that's primarily based on the bitterant Denatonium and can be used to make certain plants ...
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How to add citations and references in patent document?

I'm drafting a provisional patent for my own invention and wish to cite a case study from an online source. First of all, should I even mention a case study and if so, how do I do that?
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How would I go about recreating an invention in an expired patent?

Just a weird question. Example: Let's say there was an expired patent that outlines a computer mouse with capacitive buttons. It has patent drawings of the components inside of it and provides ...
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What's wrong with using "claim language" in the description?

I'm often told to keep "claim language" like "plurality" and "comprising" out of the description. Is this just a style preference or is there any compelling reason to ...
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Patent Enablement - how do you balance retention of secrets and teaching make and use

Disclaimer: I'm a math-nerd, not a lawyer, so I'm going to get everything here wrong, I'm sure. Background: USPTO, in supporting its purpose in encouraging innovation, says patents require "...
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Difference in documentation between provisional patent and non-provisional patent

When I googled, I only find the difference in features/concepts. I'm actually referring to the content in the document when filing provisional vs. non-provisional. How is the literature different?
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Seeking contacts details

I want to know the current contact details of an inventor on cultivated agarwood, US patent no. 7638145. Mr Blanchette R and Heuveling V. H. B, university of Minnesota.
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us11541217 - Tattooing Apparatus

I'm very curious if the technology from the device described in patent us11541217 exists in any commercial device, or has yet been built? I cannot find any contact information for the inventors, nor ...
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How can I use a "for each" clause in a patent claim?

Consider the claim: A method comprising: accessing a line, the line comprising a plurality of points; for each point on the line: generating an X. Do I now have a plurality of X's? Do I need ...
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What are the implications of including human beings in the description and claims?

Consider the claims: 1. A method comprising using a computing device to do X. 2. A system including a computing device, wherein the computing device can perform X. that is enabled by: The system may ...
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Download bulk citation data for pre grant USPTO patents

Where can I download bulk data for citations that come from pre grant patent publications? I tried to find it in the USPTO bulk data page and also on PatentsView but no luck. I am sure I'm missing ...
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When acting as one's own lexicographer, is there any prohibition against functional definition?

Suppose my claims recite a "memory" (in the context of a computer arts invention). The novelty of the invention is not in the memory itself. Next, suppose I define memory in the ...
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Can I apply for a patent if the provisional patent is filed by my university?

My university applied for a provisional patent for my work. The provisional patent will expire in 2 months and the university has shown no interest in filing a formal patent out of it. What are my ...
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Does the examination of utility nonprovisional patent applications last longer for first-time applicants than for other applicants?

I read on https://www.patenttrademarkblog.com/how-long-us-utility-patent-application-process/ The USPTO is notorious for its backlog of examining utility nonprovisional patent applications. First-...
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Companies that Cover Patent Fees in Exchange for Partial Ownership?

Are there companies that offer assistance with patent filing and are willing to cover the associated fees in exchange for partial ownership? Can you recommend some such companies?
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Refiling PPA of a non-disclosed invention after 12 month - are any changes required?

Let's assume I have missed the 12 month term and haven't filed neither regular patent nor national patents via PCT. The invention was disclosed only under NDAs during that time. Is it legal to just ...
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Do prepositional phrases satisfy antecedent basis issues?

A common approach to clarifying antecedent basis when there are multiple instances of some thing is to use ordinals: a first X, a second X, and so on. Does appending prepositional phrases accomplish ...
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In USPTO patent application publication document an assignment of right form was not taken into account

We filed a patent application on Aug 27 2022 with Track One, Sep 07 2022 our agent filed an assignment form that transferred the rights from person to legal entity (I don`t know why he didn't claim ...
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When would a reference listed on the patent not be considered for determination of prior art?

In a US patent (re)examination, under what circumstances would a reference not be considered for the determination of prior art, when that reference is cited by the examiner, appears on the front page ...
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Utility vs Design Patent as fast mean to secure IP rights

I want to apply for a regular patent of a simple static mechanical device (no moving parts). It's design is dictated mostly by its functionality. Most changes to the physical appearance of the device ...
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Can a patent that is expired for fee related reasons be renewed?

Can the owner who stopped paying annual patent fees (and thus the patent got expired) - renew it within the 20 years if he suddenly realizes that it is worth it? And if yes - during what time period ...
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Obtaining a document cited by the examiner of a US patent

In order to give proper credit in a scientific context, I'm trying to get the content of a document cited by the examiner in the process of examination of some US patents, both granted and expired. Is ...
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Patent enforcement in a market with only private users and no commercial entities

Here is a patent of charcoal as hydroponic substrate. How can the owner practically protect his rights against infringement by private gardeners? Will he go around looking into people's pots and then ...
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Claims/Priority Dates

Will method claims receive the same priority date if they are filed after product claims are filed first, or can there be a combination of both in one patent application?
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In a specification, how much detail is necessary to be sufficient instructions?

I am working on writing a patent for which I am not free to disclose the details, so will only disclose a limited amount that I hope will still be sufficient to compose a useful question. The ...
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building almost identical application (mobile) to another business in different jurisdiction

Background I have spent the last 3 years researching a business model/method and then completed building a mobile application that functions in a specific way. I never did any "prior art" ...
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patenting a chair made up of wood from a special type of tree

Let's suppose that someone has discovered that wood from a specific tree, hitherto unused in making chairs, provides profound health benefits when sat on. Can they claim the patent of "chairs ...
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can a bucket full of rocks ever be patented?

Let's suppose that I have discovered an amazing use case for the combination of a bucket full or rocks, can I then patent bucket full of rocks, or at the very least can I patent bucket full of rocks ...
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Effect of 5th Micro-Entity Filing on Fees Related to Four Previous ME Filings

My concern is the loss of micro-entity (ME) status on other previous filings due to the 5th ME filing (all gross income). The Rules commentary indicate: "Finally, while being named as an ...
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How basic can a patent be? (Hypothetical example: conductor's baton)

This is a hypothetical question but of course there may be real-life ramifications. Hypothesis: Imagine that for centuries, right up to the present day, orchestral conductors had used only their hands ...
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How to find out what law firm submitted a granted patent?

Where on a granted US patent document, or in background information that I can look up using the patent number, can I find the name of the law firm that submitted the patent? This is for an active ...
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What are my rights as an assignee to my dads patent invention

My mom told me that my dad invented the first pick proof lock and he left me as an assignee to the patent I'm wondering what my role is now as far as any royalties or any compensation from his ...
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I want my name to be removed from a patent

In contrast to common public questions on this website, this time I myself want my name to be removed from a patent because I had zero contribution to the patent. If the company doesn’t agree to ...
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Guidance for patent application drafting and responding to claims

I am looking for guidance on preparing an effective draft for filing a patent and some examples and case studies that discusses how to effectively respond to claims… Are there any specific resources ...
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Double Priorty Claim

My question about using priorty of provisional and non-provisional patent application as priorty document for EP application. Let's say provisional application date is 10.10.2020 and non-provisional ...
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Should I Include a Consultant as an Inventor on my Submission

I have been working on an invention for my company for the last few months and it has just been completed. I came up with the idea entirely on my own but I asked a more senior member of the company if ...
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Searching for "important" patents

I would like to do patent search, let's say for patents related to windshield wipers, and have the search results include the number of times a patent has been referenced as prior art in other patent ...
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