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But will it be considered as adding new elements to the patents from the legal point of view? Nothing prevents an applicant from adding new matter over provisional applications in a new non-provisional application claiming priority to the provisionals. However, if new matter is added, some claim(s) may not be entitled to the priority date(s) of the ...


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QUESTION: Can you register a patent that describes a process like this: (1) -> x -> y -> z -> (2), while US123 is still active? First, The active or expiry status of the prior patent doesn't impact the the grant of your patent claims though, it affects the practice of you invention if your process infringe any one of claims of prior patent. As for ...


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I am ignoring the potential for patent infringement. Let's take the example given and see what can be protected. taking the chassis of a name-brand automobile off its manufacturer's assembly line, significantly modifying it (in appearance & function) to instead use it as the structural foundation/base frame for a large commercial air conditioning unit (...


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A great number of patents come about from the application of an existing technology in new and unexpected ways. I am not a lawyer, but I'm guessing so long as the application is completely different, you are free to use the devices design. For instance the inventors of the laser probably didn't envision its use in flow cytometry. You may not be able to just ...


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In general, once a product is legitimately sold in the U.S., the patent holder has exhausted any and all patent rights. The purchaser can do anything they like with the object. Exceptions would include situation where ownership doesn't transfer like packaged software. It is licensed with conditions. In oral arguments in a Supreme Court case the justices ...


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