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How can I perform a global patent search for free?

The Lens, started as Patent Lens 15 years ago, is open, free, no advertising (secure) and a public service. It searches in over 90+ jurisdictions and hosts 100M patent records. It is not just ...
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I file for a patent in Canada and US. if someone files a patent in China before me, can I still 'publish' idea in China?

Regarding the first question - will I be able to do anything about it since I filed for a patent in US and Canada first? There is always scope for invalidating the patent granted in China. In order to ...
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Is there a specified route to convert UK patents to US patents?

I suppose you mean that you have filed a patent application in UK (not granted yet) and want to seek protection in US as well. If such is the scenario, the reply is yes, there is a way out for a UK ...
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Is it legal to sell patented product in another country?

Yes, you can sell patented inventions in other countries. You just can't manufacture, import, distribute, or sell patented products in countries where the invention is patented. If the patent owner ...
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Patent. What is the paris convention What are the principal features of the paris convention?

A brief answer is that the Paris Convention was an international agreement (dating back to the late 1800's) wherein participating countries respect the priority date of patents (and some other forms ...
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Hiring a US patent attorney that is able to help with getting patents in the EU and China

Yes - many US patent law firms will have relationships with agents and lawyers overseas. Most patent offices require a locally accredited person to do anything other than the mechanics of filing, if ...
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Get the same patent in multiple countries

This is why the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) exists. A patent application filed as PCT may be filed in other member states. There is a good overview of PCT filing here, and more authoritative ...
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International Patent and it's legal power?

Patents are jurisdiction specific. Hence any patent filed in the U.S will protect your invention only in the U.S. Different countries follow their respective law set forth to be taken into ...
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How can I perform a global patent search for free?

DEPATISnet is the best option. It is a completely free database and belongs to German Patent Office. I have worked on the database for over three years and found that the result quality is as ...
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PCT Application

The PCT Applicant's Guide (National Phase) is the resource you are looking for. It contains a detailed guide on the WIPO Rules and Articles from the Applicant's perspective, and covers the time limits ...
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Can I patent something that is already sold in another country?

Absolutely not, unless you are the one who invented it in the first place. Note that there are various time periods which may limit the patentability if you are the original inventor and offered ...
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What is the effect of a US patent in Brazil?

You have referred to a US patent (and application). This is only effective in the US, and therefore could not apply in other countries. In addition, by searching for the inventor's name at INPI, it ...
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Is this patent limited to the usa or internationally?

Important to add that patents are territorial rights. Patents with No US-N,NNN,NNN are US patents with effect only to the US. JP is for Japan, CA is for Canada, etc etc When you see WO-YYYY-NNNNNN ...
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Can the same patent be extended to a new country without one of the original co-author

Especially in the U.S., correct inventorship is important. Co-inventors are not strictly analogous with co-authors. In the U.S., all true inventors must be listed. An inventor is someone who makes a ...
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Are there people who constantly look up newly granted patents in one country so that they can use it in another country?

Most patents do not lead to successful products. Someone desiring to make money by copying others would likely pursue successful products rather than newly issued patents. It would be legal and ...
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Why would someone not file the same patent in China after filing the USA?

I would not say that it is extremely cheap. The cost of your post depends on the law firm used, whether you directly hire the Chinese law firm or you use an intermediary, etc. Moreover, does the ...
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How can I perform a global patent search for free?

You can use Google Patent Search to conduct free patent searches. It contains more than 87 million patents from 17 patent offices. Added to that, its sleek UI and some functionalities that help you ...
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Application refused

Only a granted patent provides any right of enforcement and everything published is potentially prior art. A magazine article, a newspaper story,a blog entry, a granted patent, a published application ...
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How do I update the address on a patent I own?

You can open a EFS-WEB account in USPTO online filing system. This account requires you to have digital certificate which can be obtained freely from USPTO LINK also read HELP to know more about How ...
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Is US 2013/0208181 A1 valid in Australia?

It is not a patent - it is an Application that was filed with US PTO and has now been abandoned. Being abandoned means the invention, if any, disclosed in the application is essentially in public ...
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What happens if I don't pay the issue fee?

I can only speak regarding the US patent system. Does the patent become abandoned? Yes, see the rules on Notice of Allowance. The issue fee is due within three months of receiving the notice of ...
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In what economic systems, other than capitalism, do patents exist?

Check out the Wikipedia article on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). It includes search authorities from countries including China and Russia. Also, you can search Google Patents for patents from ...
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Can I file in france if I file a Provisional in the US and then publicly disclose prior to filing in France?

There should be no problem. Let's set out a timeline: 1 Sep 2014: US provisional ("US1") is filed. 15 Oct 2014: Public disclosure of material in the US provisional filing. 31 Aug 2015: ...
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Patenting a game idea in India

You don't say what sort of a game it is -- software based or non-software based, which is a consideration. But for either option, the European and Chinese patent offices will only allow patents ...
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has Geomagnetism being used for generation of electricity?

I know nothing about the prior art in this field. That is something which really can only be assessed by a patent search. Nevertheless, I would be reasonably confident in assuming that there is no ...
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Can i patent a product in usa that was already invented in china?

There is no link between patenting and selling. The answers are therefore different for each head of your question. Can you develop and sell it in the US? Sure. Patents are territorial, so a patent ...
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"Designated countries for regional patents"

Designated countries only applies to PCT applications, not to US applications. Designated countries are those states in which a PCT application may subsequently enter national or regional phase. That ...
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