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Not an answer. Just comment too long to fit the comment section. Such feature won't be seen as essential or even necessary. When studying patents, I sometimes feel that "Geeze, I need a 3D model to understand this". However, with some efforts, I can understand most mechanical patents. It could easily become a trap for new or sloppy inventors. In preparing ...


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Essentially you would be giving away very narrow licenses. This would only "weaken" your patent inside the scope of these licenses. But another point to consider is that you will be creating prior art for further improvements which you might not be able to patent afterwards. And people might copy your invention for personal use even though infringing your ...


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MPEP § 713.01 provides (among other things): An interview should be had only when the nature of the case is such that the interview could serve to develop and clarify specific issues and lead to a mutual understanding between the examiner and the applicant, and thereby advance the prosecution of the application. MPEP § 713.01 also provides, regarding ...


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Assuming your invention is completely unrelated to your work, I would first negotiate with your employer before allowing them any access. If fact I wouldn't have disclosed it to your boss without first signing a confidentiality agreement. I'm not a lawyer and I don't know what your employment contract contains. That said, I think if you develop something on ...


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The document WO1997013970A1 is not a patent. It is a publication of an international patent application. There is no corresponding U.S. Patent. More details on this international application are available on the WIPO Website.


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In the United States, your patent application must be enabling, meaning that somebody of ordinary skill in the art could practice the invention after reading the patent application. There is no requirement for a prototype to be submitted. A patent cannot issue if the underlying invention doesn't work, because patents can only issue for inventions that are ...


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