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How long does it take to get the patent application number after submitting a patent application to the USPTO?

If you use their web-based system it is the instant you push submit. It’s an awkward user interface but they have started charging an extra fee for using paper. If you follow the rules regarding paper ...
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Micro entity status for provisional patent application

The complete definition for micro entity eligibility is available here: https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s509.html#ch500_d1ff69_210b3_1ca By my reading, you are allowed any number of ...
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Unexpected fee payment during a provisional patent applicaiton

It is likely an error was introduced in the process. I would call the USPTO’s Electronic Business Center.
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Are provisional patent applications made public when a PCT application that claims priority to the provisional is published?

One issue is semantic - US provisional applications are not considered published but they are made available to the public by the USPTO to see when a corresponding non-provisional application or ...
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I invented formulation. provisional patent application filed. if my ex-employee stolen it and misused, what I can do?

In addition to your future patent protection, an employee ordinarily has duties to their employer that their actions may have breached so you may have more immediate remedies than waiting a few years ...
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I invented formulation. provisional patent application filed. if my ex-employee stolen it and misused, what I can do?

Given you filed the provisional application then you can follow that up with a non-provisional within 12 months. Hopefully this gets granted and you can then sue the ex-employee. In any case the ...
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Why does the USPTO require that you sign a provisional patent application with an 'S-signature' when this signature can easily be forged?

I'm guessing, but don't know for sure, that the USPTO is assuming the potential for forgery is acceptable. Many people do not have access to printers and scanners. The use of the forward slashes ...
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What is a coversheet provisional patent application?

An example of this type of filing would be on the even of a public presentation or meeting with potential investors who gave no obligation of confidentiality an inventor realizes they are about to ...
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Difference in documentation between provisional patent and non-provisional patent

The primary difference is the lack of formality requirements in filing a provisional application. Provisionals do not require claims or proper drawings that comply with the standards. On the other ...
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