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The comments have gotten confusing. First, something fundamental that often gets misunderstood. Your patent doesn't entitle you to do anything at all. Patent owners can only (attempt to) stop others from practicing the patent. Patents are a right to exclude, not to perform. There may be patents of others that would be infringed by practicing your patent or ...


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I'm not a lawyer, but here is my take. A patent only protects what is in the claims. If you don't claim it, you don't own it. Thus, it is usually a good idea to attempt to claim useful permutations of the invention. This doesn't mean you will get every claim awarded, but you certainly won't get what you don't attempt to claim. Now the rest of the application ...


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Sometimes. It depends very much on the new use. If you find out that ASS (the stuff in Aspirin) helps against ingrown toenails (oh, no, wait, somebody already found that) cures hearing loss induced by trauma, you can patent the use of ASS against hearing loss by trauma. And to extend the previous answer, if the patent for ASS only patents the use of ASS ...


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Patents do not infringe patents. To infringe a patent someone needs to actually make, sell, use or import something that falls under the wording of a claim in a patent that was issued by the country the making, selling, using or importing occurs. If you do not have a German patent then, by definition, no actions in Germany can be an infringement on your ...


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Before you start your patent search, here's some tips for you for an an effective patent searching. Brainstorm on terms that describe the invention. Search for relevant terms related to the subject matter. Verify The relevancy of terms retrieved. Establish the scope of the relevant classifications to distiguish the most relevant from the least relevent. ...


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The second worst thing that can happen is that you do not defend against a lawsuit in the US and this will allow the patent holder to obtain an injunction, forcing you (and your customers) not to use the offending system in the US. If you are not dependent on US revenues, this is actually an attractive option, but be aware that this can be a barrier to entry ...


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