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And the simple answer to your question is "Yes". The abandoned application destroys your later application regardless of being filed within a year or by the same inventor. (Grace period cannot help in such an occasion)


First option: If the first application is alive, you just amend it. No need to file another application. Second option: Even if the first application has already been abandoned, you can still rely on the so-called "priority right". (see http://www.patenttrademarkblog.com/priority-date/)


There is no need to abandon the US patent. You should ask your lawyer or patent agent about how to amend the claims.

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