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Especially in the earlier days of Ask Patents many posts used "prior art" as synonymous with "killer prior art that would completely show a patent document to not be new". Technically "A is prior art to B" just means that A is allowed to be used against B. To qualify under this correct, and low, hurdle A needs to meet a timing criteria, an "available to the ...


I'm not a patent lawyer and don't have much experience with provisional patent applications, but I do have quite a few patents some of which are software related. I'm going to try to answer your questions, but don't consider this legal advice. What should I include in the drawings? You should include whatever is necessary to describe your invention. This ...

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