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Repatenting someone else's dropped provisionals

The answer to this turns on 35 USC § 102(a), which reads: A person shall be entitled to a patent unless— (1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, ...
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What does "discretionary inquiry" mean?

Demands for a "simple discretionary inquiry" happens when a court disagree with the Federal circuit imposition of a “clear and convincing evidence” standard on a party seeking to establish entitlement ...
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Is it always okay to market a product that was patented 20+ years ago?

Is this always true? No. While the basic rule is that a US patent has a term of 20 years from its filing date (assuming all the renewal fees were paid), there are (at least) two ways in which the ...
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Repatenting someone else's dropped provisionals

Why does it puzzle you? If it is not available to the public, it is not prior art. I think relevant US provision is here (MPEP 901.02) https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s901.html#...
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Can a YouTube video be submitted as prior art?

Yes, it can. I did a quick search and found over 100 patents with a youtube.com prior art citation. The earliest citations I found are in US 7783710, US 7844507, and US 7934725.
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Finding prior art rejects an independent claim

A dependent claim is ALWAYS valid when its independent claim is valid. However, if an independent claim is invalidated, that DOES NOT ALWAYS necessarily mean that dependent claim is also invalid. ...
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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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What is the best strategy to avoid patent tyranny?

Why do you consider this patent tyranny. Someone came up with the idea before you. They spent the time and money to obtain a patent to protect it. The fact that you are a non-profit doesn't mean you ...
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Can a patent make you stop selling your product?

Simply put, yes. A little more precisely, there may be existing patents that the product infringes. Either the product as a whole (a personal cooling unit) or parts of the product (like the straps ...
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Can a patent make you stop selling your product?

Yes, if their application pre-dated your public disclosure. Another possibility is the person's product came after yours but the examiner does not find your device or anything else like it. A patent ...
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Is it legal for a patent owner to disallow use of technology?

The only right a patent gives is the right to exclude others. That is the whole point. The courts have modified it to the right to try to exclude others. Due to a case called “EBay”, in some cases the ...
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Inventor not included

Under the AIA law of 2012 wrong inventorship can be corrected without regard to deceptive intent. No longer a reason to tear up a patent.
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How does one start patenting an idea in India?

Obtaining a patent is a first step to compete with commercial competitors. According to the The Patent Act, 1970. The following are not inventions according to section 3(k) of Indian Patent Act, 1970 ...
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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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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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What is the best strategy to avoid patent tyranny?

Patent litigation is often described as "ruinously expensive" to pursue, thus there generally must be some financial incentive. My take on the advice given by your legal experts is that because you ...
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Can terms and conditions trump patent awards?

Remember that a patent does not grant you permission to actually create the product or service you invent. It only grants you exclusive rights to prevent others from making or using your invention. ...
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US patent application based on the contents of Chinese patent applications

Priority is governed by 35 USC §119(a). The important part for us is the beginning, which provides: An application for patent for an invention filed in this country by any person who has, or whose ...
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Are an electronic circuit/schematics patentable there are lawsuits or literature about?

I hope this is helpful. Ask Patents is not part of the USPTO but is just a group of volunteers trying to provide patent information to the general public. Our answers are not authoritative. The USPTO ...
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How was the period for patent protection chosen?

You have a lot of interesting questions, and the subject of patent term length is actually very important to the tech industry. I would suggest the paper An Empirical Study of the Twenty-Year Patent ...
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Is it legal for a patent owner to disallow use of technology?

The monopoly that a patent-grant provides allows the patent owner to dictate any overt terms that he, she, or the assigned company desires as long as the dictates are otherwise legal and to which the ...
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What happens when you make a spelling error in a dependent claim?

Typographical errors in issued patents can be fixed by filing a certificate of correction with the USPTO. It's not possible to correct it by making amendments like before or during examination because ...
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Combining patented products

Most likely, unless someone else has already disclosed this combination or the combination is an obvious one. But be warned, you must be able to acquire those four patented products to make your ...
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Name of the Procedure to transfer 3rd party patent rights to myself

Patent rights vest upon issuance of a patent. The contractor's patent should not have issued because he was not the inventor (note that a final rejection in-an-of itself does not mean that a patent ...
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What is the significance of this reference to patent law?

There is no "U.S.C. 2163.07(b)". The website's author is mistaken. Instead, it appears he is intends to refer to MPEP § 2163.07(b). MPEP (the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure) is not law in any ...
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If I modify device which I bought for use in my company will that be infringement?

The act that the manufacturer offered something to sell would imply that you are free to use it. It would be strange for a manufacturer to sue you for using the product, wouldn't it? So you are safe. ...
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What happens if I don't pay the issue fee?

You can actually still revive an patent that has been abandoned for non payment of an Issue Fee. We have done it several times, and are going to do it again now. Of course, the petition fee to revive ...

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