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Where can I check for the existence of a (pending) patent?

I received some claims from an American lawyer turned researcher that my research was impeding on several of their pending patents, along with some threats of legal pursuits. I was/am willing to ...
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Can reference characters refer to both singulars and plurals in the description?

Suppose a drawing contains a (single) thing labeled with a reference character, for example, "Client Device 102." Is it proper to later refer to the client device using a plural? For ...
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Most countries require that patent applications be filed before public disclosure of an invention: does it include US provisional patent applications?

I read on techtransfer.harvard.edu: In the United States, patent applications may be filed up to one year after an invention's first public disclosure. In contrast, most foreign countries require ...
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Which countries don't permit filing of a patent application for up to 1 year after US patent application is filed (filed before public disclosure)?

I read on techtransfer.harvard.edu: In the United States, patent applications may be filed up to one year after an invention's first public disclosure. In contrast, most foreign countries require ...
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Is there a standard for reference characters in a figure with multiple identical instances of some object?

Is there a standard for reference characters in a figure with multiple instances of some object? For example, if I have a drawing with multiple identical client devices, should they all have a unique ...
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How can I see whether an international patent application was filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)?

Given a patent application filed internationally, e.g. https://patents.google.com/patent/GB2571811A/, how can I see whether it was filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)?
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How to export results of search on US Patent Public Search?

On the US patent office search site, Patent Public Search, I can run a search and get many hits. How can I export these results to a file (any format is fine: csv, Excel, etc.)? Or if you use a web ...
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How to export results of search on FreePatentsOnline?

Once I run a patent search on FreePatentsOnline, and get a list of 100+ patents, how can I export these results to a file (any format is fine: csv, Excel, etc)? Google Patents offers file export of ...
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How can I obtain a permalink of our US Patent Document?

The link we used on our website is broken now with the launch of USPTO’s Patent Public Search tool in February 2022. All the tips I find online how to create the link do not work.
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ICL_Class from patentpy package to CPC class

I downloaded USPTO bulkdata using patentpy package (https://github.com/JYProjs/patentpy). There is an ICL_class (International classification) field here. I need help to map this to CPC_class and ...
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Affiliation of inventor in Patent

Consider a scenario that I had worked on the invention while I was working in the organization 'X'. However, after working on the invention with my colleagues and drafting the patent, I moved on to ...
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Patents: Can USPTO be sued?

If I file for a patent pertaining to a product I've researched and did a patent search and the product doesn't exist, but when I file, USPTO declines to award patent and then I find that many people ...
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Is additional device claim allowable for CII type claims?

Let's say we are drafting a claim set comprises computer implemented method claim, device claim (for executing method like processing unit), a program claim and a computer readable medium claim. (The ...
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Systemic analysis of unpatented inventions

Various inventions that have become well-known were never patented, including the karaoke machine, emoticons, matches, and the magnetic strip. Other noteworthy examples include the polio vaccine (...
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If someone finds a patent by doing a search on Google Patents, can the searcher make hyperlinks for retrieving the same patent on a different site?

If someone does a search on Google Patents and the search results include a patent that is of interest to the searcher and/or relevant to the search, would the Google Patents service legally permit ...
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Can members of the general public create and publish hyperlinks to patents in the USPTO's Patent Public Search system?

From what I understand, the USPTO Web site has a system called Patent Public Search that can be used to search for patents. On this USPTO page, there is an information box that mentions the ...
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Are there situations where an infringer purposefully designed their product on claims when designing around them had no cost?

Someone told me that sometimes infringers design exactly on claims when going around them incurs no cost - for some sort of sneaky strategic reason. Based on my own reasoning that sounds untrue - why ...
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How does the corporate world of R&D view independant inventors?

I have been working for 4 years as an independant inventor focused primarily on two patent families. Some are granted in those families. However I am finding it very difficult to successfully license. ...
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Simple Soccer Algorithm with positive ROI

I developed a simple algorithm that works at providing an effective positive roi in the long run in the field of soccer betting, not differing much from the one computed theoretically. I am now ...
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EQE Daily-D: Why should a US firm represented by a professional, in case of filing an EP application?

By practicing for EQE, I came across the following EPO Daily D-question: link to the question: https://e-courses.epo.org/mod/page/view.php?id=11191 An employee of Ford AG, Germany who is not a ...
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how can patent infringment be avoided for simple SaaS feature

I was thinking to develop a simple app for learning purpose. Upon doing research I found that a similar idea and process has already been patented. The idea is of a SaaS application that performs only ...
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Are there any downsides in making a request for nonpublication when submitting a patent application to the USPTO?

I wonder whether there exist any downsides in making a request for nonpublication when submitting a patent application to the USPTO, aside from preventing the invention from being submitted to non-US ...
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Why is this categorized as a MIDI device (G10H1/0066), as the patent is from 1897?

The categorization for this patent reads: "G10H1/0066 - Transmission between separate instruments or between individual components of a musical system using a MIDI interface." The patent is ...
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Contacting patent owner?

I am interested in contacting the owner of this patent EP2120618B1 I found through a google patent search. How can I find owner/inventor information?
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Can a regular patent application have line numbers?

The question Why do patent description contains serial numbers like [0001], [0002] etc? is about paragraph numbers. Can a regular patent application be submitted with line numbers? For example, 5 ...
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Divisional Application with broader claim in EPO

Let's say we have a claim includes preamble+A, B, C and D. Examiner says that claim is patentable. However, we also realized that preamble+D is also new and inventive. Can we file divisional patent ...
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How to word this claim to deter sneaky manufacturers?

For example, Preferred scenario 1: My device has a processor and some electronic gadget wired to it. The processor makes the gadget do something. Sneaky scenario 2: My electronic gadget may be ...
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Meaning of election and elected/nonelected species

I received an Office Action, in which claims are withdraw from further consideration as being drawn to a nonelected species. There was no allowable generic or linking claim. Election was made without ...
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US provisional patent application considered disclosure by the Indian patent office

Say I filed a provisional patent application at the USPTO on June 1st, 2020. The following year I filed a non-provisional on May 30th, 2021. I think file a complete patent application at the Indian ...
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What does it mean when a second patent number is listed in the application events?

I'm looking at the patent, US20070010755A1, "Monitoring of the cerebral state of a subject" https://patents.google.com/patent/US20070010755A1/en The patent in question lists the following ...
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Merely offering an idea for sale negates (affects) patentability. Really?

(Assuming I have a very novel invention that has been ready for patenting (for months or more), in the US.) Suppose I write a press release or conduct an auction (online/physical) or tweet or even ...
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Creating Patented Invention in Country Separate from Origin Nation

I thought I came up with a new invention but unfortunately found that it was already patented in China. I am in the US and it wasn't patented here. I was told that I could in theory, build and sell ...
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Detailed Description: Okay to give implementation suggestions and tips?

Is it okay to give implementation "suggestions", or do descriptions of embodiments need to be exacting? Could an answer please elaborate on why or why not by adding experience or anecdotes? ...
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Utility non-provisional US patent application for India non-provisional patent application

I have recently filed a non-provisional patent application with USPTO. I am interested in filing a non-provisional patent application in India. Would I be able to use the same specification and ...
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Will our own product become prior art of our patent application?

We are a software company. We release new features quite fast. We have released a feature in our product in 2021, which have been used by a certain number of customers. Will it still be possible for ...
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"In some embodiments" or "In one embodiment"?

As a follow-up to a previous question Should I use "subembodiments" or still "embodiments"?, some patents use the following spec phrase repeatedly In one embodiment, ... while ...
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Claims comprising an entity of a previous claim (US practice)

At the EPO we many times claim devices or methods that comprise in some way a device previously claimed, e.g.: A tyre for a car comprising: A and B. A car comprising a tyre according to claim 1. The ...
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A patent issued as another patent?

In this answer, George wrote It has been issued (Jan. 2022) in the US as Suggested functions for formulas in spreadsheets US 11227106B2 but is still pending in Europe as of October 12 2022. where I ...
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Should I use "subembodiments" or still "embodiments"?

Suppose I have a novel device that requires an A and a B. I can describe variations of an A, so A1, A2, A3, and with figures. Same for the B variations. In the detailed spec when describing variations,...
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A patent application with a similar idea to an existing product

We are a software company based in Europe making spreadsheet software including add-ins. In 2019, we added a feature in one of our Excel add-ins published in Microsoft Office add-in store, which has ...
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Possible patent infringement and freedom to operate

We are a software company based in Europe making spreadsheet software. We found a patent Enhanced editing of formulas in spreadsheets. Actually suggesting functions while users edit a formula exists ...
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What makes a product "open source"?

Take, as an example, the ErgoDox keyboard. This website https://www.ergodox.io/ makes this claim: The entire project (including this website) is open source, allowing you the freedom to modify and ...
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How to search for granted German patents, and not published German patent applications?

I would like to find all granted German patents owned by a certain company. When I ran a Basic Search on depatisnet, the returned results were all published patent applications in Germany, but not ...
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Will this simple claim cover 36 embodiments?

Will this simple claim cover 36 embodiments? I claim: 1. A device, comprising: a. a thingamabob comprising at least one selected from the group consisting of: a foo; a bar; and ...
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Introducing an object for the time in an "or" clause: a/an or said?

Which is correct? ... comprising an A, or a device which may be characterized as an A, ... or ... comprising an A, or a device which may be characterized as said A, ... Update: Think about it: ...
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Patent boilerplate for a processor embodiment (not enablement)?

My disclosure requires a processor. This processor behaves like an Arduino (and in fact the prototype uses an Arduino) which is an SBC (Single-Board Computer). The processor may just blink an LED in ...
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Is there something new in the Microsoft application given the Acer patent?

I found a patent filed by Microsoft: https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2021145886 That seems to claim protection for the hinge mechanism of the Surface Laptop Studio. As I see ...
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Strategy to prevent a competitor from selling part of a disclosure?

Say I have: Claim 1. A bed-level meter, comprising: a (novel and non-obvious) probe; and a (novel and non-obvious) sensor. The probe and the sensor are physically separate (imagine the probe ...
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Hedging claims with this application strategy?

There is, of course, no excuse for submitting a poorly-worded patent application. However, while knowing that more than 20 claims costs extra but is allowable, coupled with the fact that upon PTO ...
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How to introduce two instances of an antecedent that are not directly related?

Motivating example: Claim 1. An A, comprising: a B; and a C. Claim 2. The B of Claim 1, comprising a D. (narrowing) Claim 3. The B of Claim 1, comprising an E. (alternative) ...
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