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For questions relating to the USPTO rules related to prior art or what constitute prior art. For REQUESTS FOR PRIOR ART please use the [prior-art-request] tag.
Patents about software algorithms, methods implemented via computer software, and software interfaces
Related to claims definition, interpretation, technical terms, the extent, scope, of the protection conferred to a patent
For questions relating to the preliminary steps of a patent, wherein an inventor or attorney files a draft of the patent either for review by a patent examiner, or in the case of provisional applicati…
Related to procedures between the patent holder and the patent offices, opposing a patent before grant and similar questions. (The only way to do that is a Third Party Observation (TPO), so please inc…
Question related to Provisional specification filing and rules thereof
United States Patent and Trademark Office, the body which issues patents in the USA.
Questions involving patent issues across multiple countries. If your question is about a specific region or country (Eu, China, ...) please include that tag. If your question is about PCT applications…
a special kind of patent that covers the ornamental design, as opposed to the workings, of a functional item.
Related to Patent application, rules, formats and specific requirements.
The term of a patent: the amount of time during which a patent can be enforced.
Questions specifically relating to the patent system of the United States of America.
Questions relating to searching for or through patents and applications
For questions relating to "novelty," as related to patents. Specifically, the bar for novelty in patents and patent applications, and interpretations thereof.
For questions broadly relating to the licensing and legal sharing of patents. Note that questions about specific license agreements are off-topic.
For questions relating to the requirements for filing, and effects or functions of, provisional applications
For questions relating to the rules and standards of inventorship, as indicated and used by the United States Patent Office.
**PLEASE NOTE** that questions about Copyright are off topic for this site. Use this tag for questions predominantly about patents that cross over into Copyright issues.
Question relates to Infringement of patent rights as defined in claims.
Claims to priority based on foreign filings, parent application filings, or provisional application filings.
Questions specifically relating to the EPO rules, patent practices in Europe, and patents filed in Europe
For questions relating to the process of filling for or obtaining patents through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
For posts questioning whether any skilled practitioner would find the idea obvious in light of the prior art.