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What is the difference between Application number, Publication number and Patent number?

I assume you are talking about the US for the formats. The application number is assigned when the application is filed at the USPTO. It is of the format "16/123456". The publication number is ...
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Good patent books for startups and inventors?

The standard patent book for startups and entrepreneurs is Patents Demystified. I used this book while getting my own patents and it’s become required reading for any start-ups that I coach or invest ...
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Two aspects of the same invention and one aspect is not unique

So here we have a tidy distinction between description and claims. Description You must provide a description sufficiently detailed that the skilled person, reading your description, would understand ...
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Can an idea be released into the public domain while patent is pending?

The answer is very clearly: you can release anything you want without invalidating your patent application. Actually, 18 months after the filing, the USPTO and most other patent offices will publish ...
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Will the GPLv3 prevent me to get a new patent?

If the software you license under the GPLv3 (or any artistic/creative commons license) can be discovered as prior art for an undisclosed invention, then it will absolutely prevent you from obtaining a ...
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Canadian and intl patent application-in-process beat me to it

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 ...
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Canadian and intl patent application-in-process beat me to it

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, ...
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How to handle uncooperative examiner

As a pro se inventor, my examiner seems to be taking advantage of my supposed ignorance. False. You are most likely not being singled out because you are a pro se applicant. Examiners are after “...
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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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Write a patent without giving too much away

If you are afraid "anyone could look it up" - IMO you are better off treating it as a trade secret - please check this link for details http://www.wipo.int/sme/en/ip_business/trade_secrets/...
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Is this patent application granted, abandonded or pending? Which countries does it cover? Are there family members?

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 ...
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To patent a technology on a smart device and a yet to be made apparatus

Perhaps it would be clearer by going back to first principles for patents. The purpose of a claim is to set out certain things that others cannot do. Once a patent is granted, nobody else can do ...
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Where can I find a patent with the number ZL 2014 2 0446264.5?

This is likely Chinese utility model CN203999849. The number you refer to is the application number. ZL (zhuānlì) refers to the granted version of an application number. So ZL 201420446264 is the ...
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How do entrepreneurs determine if their idea is not infringing any patents

The typical approach is to perform a "freedom-to-operate" analysis. You can take a crack at this yourself using patent searching tools like Google Patents or my preference The Lens. Patent searching ...
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IP Patent Biotech

As someone who has obtained patent while working for a company I think I can answer your questions. The standard work arrangement is that your work product is owned by the company. Thus any inventions ...
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When would an entity decide to convert a provisional application to a non-provisional application

The answer was subtle but I found it at smart up legal. The main reason an entity would elect to convert a provisional application to a non-provisional application is in the case where a public ...
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Is coding knowledge required to file a patent for an app?

"Do not know how to make it" is a fatal statement in a patent application. You need to explain how to make and use the invention. However, patents involving software or other methods generally have ...
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What is a Formal Patent Search of Classification in Canadian patent law?

What is this Formal Patent Search of Classification? I haven't been able to find any information on it online. Does it differ from a preliminary patent search (as explained on the CIPO website) in ...
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What do the numbers next to each section in a patent mean?

INID code Internationally agreed Numbers for the Identification of bibliographic data in patent. 12 stand for kind of document, 10 stands for Identification of the patent, SPC or patent document. ...
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Do you have to make your discovery public for a patent?

For patent do you have to make your discovery public? The answer to your headline question is yes. The central societal trade off in the patent system is you teach us all about your invention and we (...
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How to get an estimate for a application without revealing the idea?

The standard approach is to execute a non-disclosure agreement with the potential consultant(s). I have many times requested quotations from consultants on projects containing proprietary technology ...
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Patent status of hazard pointers: us20040107227

The application that you cited is owned by IBM but was been abandoned after the USPTO Examiner identified prior art that would have blocked the patenting. To find this information, I looked up the ...
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Will the GPLv3 prevent me to get a new patent?

However, since this licence forces the developer to give away his/her patents related to the stack will the licence actually prevent me from applying for and getting a possible patent for an ...
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Is modifying number or merging patents considered adding new element?

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-...
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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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Color and shading in patent application?

In the U.S. drawings must be black and white only (no grayscale). For utility patent applications, any type of shading is typically fine (stipple or linear). However, the shading rules for design ...
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Citing art in body of application?

The factors to be considered are (1) setting a background or context for the state of the art in the field of the invention and setting up the problem which the invention solves, and (2) giving the ...
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Docketed New Case - Ready for Examination

This means that your utility patent application has been assigned to an examiner, placed in their docket and that an Office Action will be forthcoming. If you know the technology center where your ...
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Do I have to reference a patent application if the patent is already granted?

You may cite in your patent application any prior art reference as a duty of disclosure to the PTO. If the reference you are citing is a granted patent, you may state, in your patent application, the ...
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How to apply for a patent in the US/EU?

Assumption: A technology based patent application will be submitted to United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO). You need first investigate prior art. Essentially you have to validate if ...
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