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Should I keep my patent's ownership or assign it to an entity that I own?

I am filing a pro se patent application and am wondering whether it is a good idea to assign it to an LLC that I own or to just keep it under my name. I'm assuming here for this question that it will ...
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Word order consistency?

I have read that in patent drafting you have to be consistent with the terms you use. For example, if you refer to a “motor” in one place don't refer to it as “engine” in another place. What about ...
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Can I include multiple specific software functionalities of my broad idea in a single provisional patent application?

I have a limited budget and I am looking form a startup based on my idea. My idea is related to mobile (Android, iOS, etc) apps and a supporting website. It is a broad idea which can be implemented ...
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Detailed description of a system to suit system and method claims

I'm writing the detailed description of a computer implemented system. I have explained what the system does, that's where the inventive subject matter is. I have explained an exemplary architecture ...
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Headings and subheadings in detailed description

I'm writing the detailed description of a computer implemented system that involves a lot of steps that I describe using flowcharts at various levels of abstraction. If I was writing the documentation ...
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Making a game with patent art graphics

I'm considering making a game that uses patent illustrations (from Context-Free Patent Art) as graphics. I've read the answers to Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?, which suggests that if ...
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How to indicate a patent will never be enforced?

For example, the enforcement of patent US4103235 - Two-tone attention signal broadcasting system; From the inventor: Because this patent pertained to public safety, I chose to never enforce it. ...
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Why are the assignors of a patent not necessarily identical with previous assignees?

When I researched the assignment history of a patent I found one assignment (from assignor A to assignee B) and a later assignment (from assignor B and C to assignee D). Where does C come from?
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How do I know if a bidet is covered under a patent?

I have a kitchen and bath website. I was going to sell bidets on it, that I would buy from overseas, but now I'm worried about patents on the designs, since they are all similar. I did a patent search,...
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How detailed should a provisional patent application be? (Software)

I am considering filing for a provisional patent which deals with mobile and web technologies. Now this is a method to do something. But how detailed do I go? Right now, I have something working in ...
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So patent application 20130025039 has been issued a PATENT?

Has patent application 20130025039 Been granted a patent?
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What constitues/definition of an inventor. Does it simply boil down to claims in a patent?

I have had a business partner for twenty years. We came together in my Business that he used as the birth of the IP in question. Listing himself on publications founder/owner with the exclusion of not ...
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separate coating of amino acid and vitamin in food suppliment

Searching for prior art of US8361511 .. can any one suggest any document discussing separate coating of amino acid and vitamin followed by another coating used in the food industry?
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Would this, given the global usage of diaries on both big and small websites, still be a valid patent?

This patent is about the use of diaries with remote content (see quote), but given the current use of blogs (via sites as Blogspot, Wordpress etc) I would consider this to be a bit out-of-date. A ...
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How is the patent 7,844,363 B1 not violating EP 2174251 B1

I saw this patent for Medbox and I was wondering how it doesn't violate EP 2174251 B1 which is for a medicine dispensing machine called Pyxis Medstation. They are similar machines however one ...
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Finding Patent Pending Application

I am developing a product idea similar to another product on the market, and see that this product has a "patent pending" status. In my research, I see that the competing patent lists: "Patent ...
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Is this prior art to Power-over-Ethernet based LED lighting or illumination?

UK based Convertertechnology have dated their Power-Over-Ethernet based LED lightning reference system in 29th December, 2006. Here is the link to the document: http://www.convertertechnology.co.uk/...
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How best to patent idea while working for company?

I have an idea I would like to patent. I have not started working on the idea yet (and I'll swear to that in court). How best to keep my job without losing my intellectual property rights? The idea ...
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Prior Art for Method And System For Improved Network Maintence Scheduling

Application # 20120173688 Primary Filing Category-Telecommunications-455 The system is designed to coordinate planned maintenance on a network in order to prevent collisions and duplicated work ...
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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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Why was CDARS patentable?

Since spreading large deposits among different banks has always been the only way to keep everything FDIC insured, and since that's been a common money management practice long before CDARS existed, ...
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patent claiming that priority no?

Patent no WO2012164480 (A1) which is claiming priority to patent IN2011DE01539 (IN201101539I1), can these two patents be considered as the same patent or are they different patents?
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acronym for the title of an invention. is it wise?

During patent drafting, do you think it is wise to make an acronym for the invention and use that in the description of the invention? I titled my invention with three words and the word “system” at ...
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But where can I buy it?

I just read all about US5024628 Maternity and Nursing bra patent, but is there a way to find what products are based on this patent?
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Why is this allowed to exist as a patent?

This patent US6370535 broadly describes any news release with a headline and content. It's childishly simple and has absolutely no value. It simply documents the extraordinarily broad and intuitive ...
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Patent Application 20120173688

What's novel about Patent Application US 20120173688 ? Is there prior art?
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When does US Patent 5,720,421 expire?

I am trying to determine when US Patent Number 5,720,421 will expire. Since it was pending before June 8, 1995, I would assume that it has a term of 17 years from the filing date and will be valid ...
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Adding of new matter in Patent 8,088,480

Patent US8088480 - Spend 10 years in the patent office and the file wrapper is really long. It looks like they have started infringement cases with 2 other companies. I am looking for a little help ...
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who is the patent troll suing small companies on 5506866? which inventor sold the rights to them?

Who is the "Delaware-based" troll suing small companies on US5506866 currently? Who sold the rights to said troll?
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Apple designs were not the first. So why grant them patents?

Why did the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office), grant Apple the "Wedge" design when in fact it was first created by Sony's X505 product? Clearly this Sony X505 laptop with its wedge design dates ...
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Why is a list of patents often preceded with text like “covered by *one or more* of the following patents”?

Whenever I see a product containing a list of patents, the list is almost always preceded by text similar to the following (emphasis added): Covered by one or more of the following patents... Why ...
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A entire procedure of a larger method is already patented, it was found during prior-art search

It was found that the method developed by "A" (newer designers) versus "B" (the original designers and holders of a patent) was more complex. I think it falls into the improvement patents category, in ...
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Is it helpful to use “invention submission companies” to ensure the securing of a patent?

Is it helpful to use "invention submission companies" to ensure the securing of a patent? What other services might they provide?
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Which is the best way to file a provisional application in the United States?

We are a group of researchers in Europe, interested in filling a provisional application for a patent regarding a device that we developed. What is the cheapest, fastest and more effective way to do ...
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Patent questions prior art and for fictional use

I have a question about patents, for fictional use. Is it considered patent infringement if you use something that someone else may have patented in a fictional work? I'm curious as to how far this ...
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any negative aspects about using the same terms as in prior art patents to refer to things?

When drafting a patent, are there any negative aspects about using the same terms as prior art patents to refer to things? What about diagrams? computer system related patents often add a system ...
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Where can I find best practices or guides for patent/SOTA research?

I work as an engineer (not software) and occasionally I have ideas that might make sense to follow through and maybe arive at some sort of invention. The first step would be, of course, to look up if ...
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Social mapping of contacts from computer communication information

This is a Microsoft Patent us7167910 filed in 2002 and issued in 2007, when Web 2.0 was in its infancy. Is someone aware of similar work in the course of next 5/6 years from the issue date.
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How does the applicant of a patent cite prior art?

How does the applicant of a patent cite prior art? Is it necessary to cite prior art that I'm aware of in a first filing (provisional)?
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Should I do a freedom to operate search if I suspect parts of my product infringe [US]?

Let's say I am building on a high-tech, novel product but that combines several techniques, components and/or innovations that I suspect may be patented (though those may have expired). I would like ...
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Can I preclude the exercise of another patentee's system patent by defining a (PRACTICALLY necessary) improvement to an element of that system

A patent exists for a broad system of interacting large, and independently complex, elements. However, at least one of the complex elements is described/claimed in the patent in a very cursory and ...
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Is Jury Nullification valid in patent cases?

I was a bit puzzled by part of Newegg's patent case history: Remarkably, the judge overseeing the case ruled during trial that the jury wouldn't be allowed to make a decision about Newegg's ...
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Large System = “miraculous unproven device” + Subsystem1 + SubSystem2 ?= PATENT?

If a patent has been issued for a system of the sort defined in the title of this post (a larger system with one, unproven general device) am I precluded from developing a similar system in which I ...
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two new patent application using some common underlying technologies

Related to a previous question patent specification level of detail I want to file two patent applications for two inventions that use some common underlying technologies (the same ones I'm talking ...
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What are the risks of writing a patent specification without an attorney?

I'm working on a prototype for my invention. My situation is that I can't afford a patent attorney at the moment. So my plan is to file a specification for the invention myself, no claims yet. Then ...
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Can I include a “method and apparatus claim” for a patent filed in the UK?

Can I include a "method and apparatus claim" for a patent filed in the UK? I'm developing a system that uses augmented reality in novel ways. All the patent prior art that I can find involves method ...
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patent specification level of detail

I'm drafting the specification of a patent for my invention. The invention is in the field of computer vision and augmented reality. I'm quite sure that the main subject mater is novel enough and ...
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D/285,860 and D/253,629 - These look like an ordinary skateboards

The two styles shown are standard skateboard shapes that have been around for decades (surfboard-shaped and "fishtail"). There's lots of varieties of both these shapes in production everywhere. The ...
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How do I determine if my product changes make it non-infringing?

I am not a lawyer. I am doing some basic research about laser scanner patents (this is my first time). A laser scanner is a 3D scanner that shines a laser onto an object and uses the information ...
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search text within a predetermined set of patents

Do you know of any patent search tool that allows you to search text within a predetermined set of patents? preferably free tool. Or alternatively, somewhere I can download the text of the set of ...

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