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Outcome of referencing earlier patents in your patent application

The document you linked is only an application. the associated US patent is US9513771B2. This patent is not assigned to Microsoft instead it is owned by WIXCOM Ltd. Whether or not you owe royalties ...
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Do I have to reference a patent application if the patent is already granted?

You may cite in your patent application any prior art reference as a duty of disclosure to the PTO. If the reference you are citing is a granted patent, you may state, in your patent application, the ...
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Sort patents by citation number

Your best bet is The Lens. The Lens does patent searching like Google Patents, but is much more feature packed. One of the options in Summary View is to sort by "Cited" which list the most cited ...
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Miscitation between patents due to human error?

This is an obvious error. The US 7,439,877 patent citation is the correct one because it is in the same space and has the same inventor as the patent in question. The two identifiers are only off by a ...
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Do I have to reference a patent application if the patent is already granted?

Mentioning a patent or publication number in the body of your application is fulfilling you duty of disclosure, but it does not automatically get the examiner to look at and check off that they looked ...
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Why Cite a Patent when filing for a Design Patent? - Example

For the identical reason patents and other references are cited in utility applications. Design patents are searched and examined by patent examiners. What they turn up in the search ends up cited at ...
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Where to find a citation of my patent in another patent?

As part of filing a patent application, you are obligated to cite any prior art you know to be relevant to your invention. Citing a patent doesn't mean you are referencing it specifically in the ...
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Finding most important patent of a company

I like The Lens for patent searching. It has a lot more features than Google Patents and if you create an account, which is totally free, you get yet more features. You can search by patent owner and ...
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