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Basically, Patent Prosecution Highway is a fast track examination of patent applications. It provides a faster process to have a patent application considered by the patent office. The patent application can be prosecuted under PPH only when the applicantion receives a notice from one patent office that at least one of the claims is patentable or allowable. ...


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Prosecution and re-exam proceedings (often referred to as "file wrappers") are selectively available on Public Pair. There you can search by patent number (e.g., 1,234,567) or publication number (e.g., 20130143080). If the file is available online you'll be able to view the transaction history (e.g, the titles of documents sent back and forth). If the file ...


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From the above I come to the conclusion that the unity objection is raised because claim 1 was found non-inventive (non compliance with Art. 56) and therefore the single general inventive concept exists no more for the depended claims 2-11 (I assume they were dependent to 1). Same goes for (independent?) claim 12, which is considered to lack inventive step, ...


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There is a key distinction made between withdrawn claims and canceled claims. A canceled claim subtracts from your total, a withdrawn claim does not. I know of someone - a patent attorney - who withdrew 20 claims, added twenty claims and then got a notice of fees due on having 40 total claims on file. It is unfix-able by any action after the amendment was ...


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MPEP 1504.04 discusses converting originally disclosed broken lines to solid lines: "an amendment that changes the scope of a design by either converting originally-disclosed solid line structure to broken lines or converting originally-disclosed broken line structure to solid lines would not introduce new matter because such amendment would not ...


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The documents are submitted by the applicants in writing or pdf. Getting text from them requires OCR, there's no way around that.


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As to your second point: https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/html/guidelines/e/h_ii_6_2.htm If amended claims are directed to subject-matter which has not been searched because it only appeared in the description (and the search division did not find it appropriate to extend the search to this subject-matter, see B‑III, 3.5) and which does not ...


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No. As a starting point, the USPTO is under an obligation to ensure that an application meets the various requirements before a patent is issued. That is, 35 USC § 131 provides: The Director shall cause an examination to be made of the application and the alleged new invention; and if on such examination it appears that the applicant is entitled to a ...


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Legal basis for priority is article 4 of the Paris Convention. For your example, relevant are the following extracts, Article 4C: (1) The periods of priority referred to above shall be twelve months for patents and utility models, and six months for industrial designs and trademarks. (2) These periods shall start from the date of filing of the first ...


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Do I have to add an indefinite article preceeding an uncountable noun? No. This would be ungrammatical English. It appears you might have the wrong end of the stick by suggesting that an element introduced for the first time is generally preceded by the indefinite article. In fact, the problem arises in the other direction: when the first use is ...


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