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I defer to Eric Shain's excellent answer about how to obtain the numbers from Google Patents. I will therefore limit myself to a comparison of different countries. Broadly, every country follows the same process: Application → (Application) Publication → Grant (Publication) Typically, "publication" refers to the application publication, and "grant" refers ...


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A patent application is filed - under an application number. The patent application is published - under a publication number. Both of those statements are true. The patent application is granted. Is there always a "grant number"? (I feel not.) Is this the "patent number"? (I feel not.) The patent grant is published - under a publication ...


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You need to use the same number for the same part in all drawings that show and number that part. Furthermore, the parts should be named. All springs, for example, would not have the same number. Different springs probably have different characteristics and roles so they would get different numbers. In addressing each figure you might say, "FIG. 2 shows an ...


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If you are submitting a patent application to the U.S. Patent Office, then according to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure 608(p): (1) Reference characters (numerals are preferred), sheet numbers, and view numbers must be plain and legible, and must not be used in association with brackets or inverted commas, or enclosed within outlines, e.g., ...


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