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Has application US 13/346,940 been granted?

This patent received a final rejection on January 24, 2014 and was listed as abandoned on August 6, 2014. The examiner cited: Claim 1 is rejected under 35 U.S.C. 103(a) as being unpatentable over ...
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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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Strategies for minimizing early cost while maximizing future options with PCT application?

The international phase There's no requirement to respond to the ISR or written opinion. While you are provided with the opportunity to file article 19 or 34 amendments and provide arguments, and ...
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Does the USPTO publish example applications?

Regarding examples - The USPTO lets anyone with an internet connection look at every application filed in the last 30 years or so that was published and/or resulted in a patent. All back and forth ...
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Do I need to use a patent attorney to pay an issue fee?

Yes, you can easily do this yourself. The reason I would consider using an attorney in situations like this relate to the question of what happens if something goes wrong? The attorney is less ...
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Things to take care when inventor self drafts the patent

In general there are many requirements and rules which may limit protection if a inventor files patent application of its own. But its a altogether myth that inventor cannot draft good patent ...
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Can I patent this process or workflow?

This is a challenging question due to some recent court cases, in particular the Alice decision (Supreme Court decision) (Wikipedia Article). Both of these are highly recommended reading prior to ...
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Is it practical for a novice to successfully file a patent without hiring a patent lawyer?

An alternative not yet mentioned is to consult with your university's tech transfer office. You should do so under confidentiality agreement or otherwise ensure that they will keep any disclosure ...
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Strategies for minimizing early cost while maximizing future options with PCT application?

Note that after filing the PCT, you won't really need to do anything until December 1, 2019 (30 months after the PCT app priority date), at which point you will incur costs going into the various ...
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Strategies for minimizing early cost while maximizing future options with PCT application?

You will not be able to change the specification or drawings in any manner other than to correct a typo (an error in the text that is clearly an error and clearly only has one way to be fixed can be ...
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Doctrine of Equivalents in Light of USPTO Pro Se Program

There is almost no application of the doctrine of equivalents any more so there is nothing valuable too lose, in current practice. See https://patentlyo.com/patent/2019/05/doctrine-equivalents-...
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What are the decision points associated with filing a USPTO NPA?

EFS-Web is not very user friendly. You probably already looked at the USPTO's guide to EFS-Web. I don't think the EBC Help Desk people - who are very patient and helpful, will be much help with actual ...
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Strategies for minimizing early cost while maximizing future options with PCT application?

Perhaps you can look at it this way. How many countries do you really plan to enter once the PCT Application enters national phase entry. If its only USA or few handful more (say Canada and Europe), ...
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How would I go about abandoning this patent application?

You need not do anything. It will become abandoned by your failure to reply in time (37 CFR 1.135(a)). Nevertheless, if you want, you can expressly abandon your application by filing a letter to this ...
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Provisional patent in US for non-US citizen

In Short You dont need a attorney if you are inventor of invention. All patent offices can deal with the inventor/applicant itself. Its the local address requirement which makes it harder or to ...
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How and where to file USPTO Patent application?

You can file online: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/file/efs/index.jsp Or you can send it in by mail to USPTO. http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s501.html Depends on what you want to ...
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What is the difference between Patent agent and Patent lawyer?

To the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO, as I'm sure you know it) in the context of patents (that is, not for trademarks), a registered patent agent is pretty well the same as a patent ...
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Patent mobile app prior to development?

Eric, yes it does make sense. Have you continued to develop the application or work on pursuing patent protection since you posted this question? You do not need to have a full working application ...
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Can I file test/ null provisional/ non provisional patent?

The Manual for Patent Examination (MPEP) has some sections that mention that anything submitted "is not being presented for any improper purpose, such as to harass, cause unnecessary delay, . . ". A ...
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Patent filing procedure without a patent attorney

I don't know where to start? For starter you should read the USPTO patent applicant checklist on filing patent and its basic requirements and gather information listed therein. LINK what if ...
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How would I file a Provisional Patent by myself?

Only consider doing it yourself if you don't have any intention of licensing or enforcing a patent that might come from the application. Self-drafted applications typically end up providing illusory ...
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Software patenting questions

I don't have enough money (not even nearly enough) to file a patent This point seems to come up in many questions. While patent applications seem expensive, they are often only a small part of the ...
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Software patenting questions

On the grant / rejection rate, The Register gave these figures for the EPO: The total number of filings grew by 3.1 per cent in 2014 to more than 274,000, of which 64,600 patents were granted. ...
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