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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 federated search, but comprehensive links, analysis, embedding and sharing of records, collections and annotations. It is run by a global social enterprise, Cambia ...


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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 of IP as well) first filed in other participating countries. So an inventor filing a patent in America, for example, would have up to 12 months to file the ...


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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 invalidate the Chinese patent using your patent application, your application should have been published before the effective filing date of the Chinese patent....


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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 patent application to be recognized in US. In order, to have a patent in US for the same invention (that was filed in UK) one has to file a patent application in ...


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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 catches you doing any of those 4 deeds, the patent owner can get an injunction to stop you and sue you for lost profits. In some countries, the owner can sue you ...


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Regarding "if the Canadian guy's patent is rejected, can I try", I assume you mean "can I try to patent it". The answer is no, insofar as what you want to patent is contained in (or obvious in light of) his patent application. You can only get a patent for something that is new, not something that is already in public knowledge (e.g. published for all to ...


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A pending patent application does not provide the owner with any enforceable exclusionary rights to stop others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the claimed invention. So, you cannot be sued for infringement until a patent issues, if ever. When a patent application is laid open (published) in Canada, the prosecution history (the ...


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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 competitive as an expensive paid database like Thomson Innovation. Databases like Espacenet , Google Patents , etc. do not have proximity operators like "Word A and ...


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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 consideration for granting a patent. If you wish to seek patent protection for your invention in multiple countries then you can adopt the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) ...


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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 information can be found at WIPO, especially in this overview figure. I strongly recommend finding a patent agent who can step you through this process.


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Application The life cycle of a patent starts with the application. The inventor files this application with a patent office, for example the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office). This grants them the right to say "patent pending", but no enforceable protection rights. Everyone can file a patent application, containing basically everything (apart ...


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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 this is a patent application filed and published via the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). They never mature to patents. They are only used as a ...


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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 in detail, with pointers to information on exceptions for certain patent offices and explanations on how to address delays. From the table linked via the ...


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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 find a prior art in non-patent literature makes it a go to source to conduct a free patent search. Type patents.google.com in the address bar of your browser ...


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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 something which uses that invention in that other country.


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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 around the world which are often countries with different economic systems (China and Russia as major examples). Finally, Cooperative Patent Classification (...


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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 appears that no related Brazilian patent exists. It therefore appears at first blush that this patent (or any equivalents) would not prevent you manufacturing ...


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In every country, prior art must be published (that is, available to the public). An expired provisional patent application which has not been used for priority is not available to the public: that is, even a motivated member of the public could not obtain a copy. Therefore it is not prior art, and you are correct in your thinking. Incidentally, while I'm ...


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Amendment under Article 34 PCT is only possible if you are proceeding to International Preliminary Examination. Is this the case? Furthermore, if you only intend to proceed to EPO, is there any special reason you want to amend the claims now and not within the EP phase? Provisional protection perhaprs? I just want to make sure that you are aware of the fact ...


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Thanks for all the comments. Answering my own question. I first called the number of the Pre-Grant Publication Division at (703)605-4283 according to the SB/36 form, but that number turned out already invalidated. I then called the Application Assistance Unit (AAU) at 571-272-4000. After waiting for more than one hour, I finally reached to someone and they ...


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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 conceptual contribution to something that is claims. The only legitimate reasons to remove an inventor would either be for them to decide that you were listed ...


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Your invention may be a patentable improvement on the invention of the other person's patent. They may or may not get a patent and you may or may not get a patent. If you both get patents you might not be able to make and sell your invention because, even though patented, it might infringe on the other patent. If you think it has commercial potential, just ...


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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 to file address change request you can visit USPTO help Presentation.


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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 that went abandoned.


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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 domain and becomes prior art. Status: Abandoned -- Failure to Respond to an Office Action Go to USTPO Public PAIR at http://portal.uspto.gov/pair/PublicPair and ...


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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 allowance. If the issue fee is not paid, you simply abandon the application. If yes, can I revive it? Under what conditions? No, see the MPEP Sec. 711. ...


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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: French Convention application ("FR1") claiming priority to US1 is filed. US1 is filed before the disclosure. The disclosure is therefore not relevant for ...


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Every country in the world has some sort of export regulations. These regulations cover information and data in addition to things. From the US point of view, patent applications filed outside of the US will require a foreign filing license which is routinely granted. When an inventor sends information regarding their invention outside of their home country,...


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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 that have a "technical aspect to them" -- that is solve a technical problem. The US patent rules are presently up in the air, but seem to also be going in this ...


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