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Can I reclaim the broken line features in Design application drawings during prosecution?

MPEP 1504.04 discusses converting originally disclosed broken lines to solid lines: "an amendment that changes the scope of a design by either converting originally-disclosed solid line structure ...
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Minimum number of figures for design patent

To complement George White's excellent answer, I'd like to focus on the following phrase in the USPTO guidance: The drawings or photographs should contain a sufficient number of views to completely ...
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Minimum number of figures for design patent

The USPTO guidance on drawing views is very clear and copied below. If you were claiming an icon on a computer screen you would most likely have a single view since it is flat with no side, top, back ...
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Regarding S. Patent #5769598

The Claims describe exactly what a patent covers. In most cases, the first claim is the most general. In this case, the first claim says "A combination stacking damage detector and antistacking ...
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USA Citing a patent that is european

The benefit to the applicant, if it is a U.S. application, is otherwise any patent you get might later be torn up for violating your duty of disclosure whatever you know about significant prior art. ...
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What if I didn't mention all the use cases for my invention across different sectors?

If your invention is a physical thing - device, apparatus, system, machine etc. it is (essentially) defined by its structure. Something meeting the claimed definition while sitting in a shelf would ...
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drawstring restringing system

For a US patent issued in the last few decades you can look it up in Public PAIR. It has a non-user friendly interface to initially look up an application's history. Within that public record you can ...
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USA Citing a patent that is european

By citing another patent in your application, you are making the patent examiner aware of relevant prior art. In no way do you obtain a claim on the cited patent's claims. Indeed, you are going to ...
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Basic Shaped Products Design Patents

As mentioned in comments, it is not how simple or fancy it is. It needs to be a novel and non-obvious ornamentation of something. A design patent must relate to an "item of manufacture". A ...
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Patent Design Public Domains

One, granted design patents are published. Design patents and utility patents cover different aspects of a product. Design patents cover the ornamental features of a product, not the function of a ...
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Can an improvised device made of used packaging be patented?

To obtain a patent, an invention needs to be useful, novel and non-obvious to a person skilled in the technical area. To me, your description doesn't meet the non-obviousness requirement since you are ...
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Can I reclaim the broken line features in Design application drawings during prosecution?

I have seen many office actions on design patent applications that we have worked over years, In most cases examiner will not allow reclaiming a portion of the design by converting broken line to ...
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Hello dear community, I am a third party seller on Amazon, and I received an infringement complaint stating my product infringes on a design patent

Design patents cover the ornamental design of functional objects. This page describes what a design patent is and compares them to utility patents. What is covered is described in the patents drawings....
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which patents were prior to this patent D698,996

Design patents cover the ornamental appearance of an item. The patent in question was issued a final rejection for not being novel in light of US5,003,993, Silver. The applicant pointed out that the ...
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What if I do not know how to design the circuit board for my idea?

I've contracted engineers and product development firms several times. The standard agreement is that any patentable content developed during the course of the agreement would be owned by you (or your ...
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Does a patent owner need to provide details of the patent on request?

One example that would lead me to believe 'no': Consider a modern cellphone, which could easily comprise technology covered by 100s of patents. Would it be reasonable for Apple to maintain a list of ...
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Lapsed Patent outside of US

The Australian patent represents prior art even in the US. It doesn't matter whether or not it is lapsed. Whether the new patent application will be granted depends on how "similar" the prior art is.
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Can someone steal the designs associated with a patent application that has not been granted? Are the designs afforded protection?

If the application is rejected, the claims are likely deemed not patent eligible which means others can use them, but not patent them. (Even if the rejection is based on some other factor, the ...
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Obtaining Design Patent on expired similar design patent

Patent 4,176,410 at least is long dead (i.e. very expired). Of course, there could be other patents out there to worry about, but 4,176,410 is not a problem for you. You can see when this patent ...
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How to get a patent on a design that already has a patent

You must introduce some novel aspect to that product' design. You would file for a patent on that novel aspect. If the novel aspect has not been discussed before you have a chance of receiving a ...
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