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Do I have to disclose the infringement in the Information Disclosure Statement form?

If you file the non-provisional within the 1 year time after the provisional, then anything well described in the provisonal gets the date of the provisional. If the "infringing" product is based ...
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Will there be any downside if I show my patent claims to my infringer before publication?

The letter from the lawyer is very logical and doesn't at all hint that they believe they are infringing anything. It just says that they can't evaluate your assertion that they are infringing since ...
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Mitigating possible patent exposure

If you believe you have publicly disclosed your invention or that it may become publicly disclosed, you should probably file a provisional patent application. Note this is different than what the ...
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Would the demonstration of an invention be considered public disclosure

It is very tricky, depends on the details, and has likely changed after the AIA law changed the law wording. Most of the court cases relate to the pre-AIA law wording. This is the kind of thing they ...
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Would the demonstration of an invention be considered public disclosure

This is tricky. If your demonstration doesn't disclose any information about how the invention actually works then you might be okay. The important point is to avoid disclosing anything that might end ...
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Would the demonstration of an invention be considered public disclosure

Careful here. See Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., U.S., No. 17-1229 (Jan 22, 2019). Even under NDA if the demo was an offer for sale, you can be bared. You have a one ...
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How do I go about discussing a patenable product with a potential partner?

Yes, a standard Non-Disclosure Agreement is typically enough to protect your idea. However, NDA's do have time limits, and once they expire they offer no protection at all. A good option in this case ...
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When exactly your own disclosures will be used as prior art against you?

There are no continuations in part at the EPO. At the EPO you only have patent applications, and divisionals of patent applications. Divisionals have the same disclosure of the parent application or a ...
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Is it a good idea to publicly release an idea after filling PCT application but before ISR is published?

To put the contents of your application into the prior art for other’s future applications as early as possible, you could publish or publicly disclose the contents the day after you file. That isn’t ...
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What if I don't want to file a patent on a potentially novel idea. Can someone else patent it even after I begin working on it?

Yes - as of the 2012 AIA law the U.S. has joined the rest of the world to be a first-to-file nation. Your quiet (unpublished) work will have zero effect on their patent application or any patent that ...
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How do others' publications during the grace period hinder patentability?

As interpreted by the USPTO the only thing that can't be used against you due to the "grace" period is pretty much exactly what you published. If your application has new material not present in the ...
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Is there such a thing as a 'common law patent'?

No There may be common law trademarks, but patents are a grant of a time-limited monopoly from a government. A fairly radical U.S. patent law (in my opinion) was signed in 2012 with various aspects ...
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Would the demonstration of an invention be considered public disclosure

Yes obviously. If an inventor or an invention owner demonstrates his invention to public anywhere in an exhibition or expo, it is considered as a public disclosure but in order to obtain a patent for ...
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Doesn't the publication of the Pharmaceutical Care Practices in 1998 and 2004 constitute public disclosure?

As I understand it, publication of a book outlining the details of what is claimed in the patent more than a year prior to the patent being applied for constitutes public disclosure of the information ...
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Can I tell about idea details before posting a patent?

You must avoid public disclosure of your idea before filing a patent application. The usual method of doing this when talking to potential investors is a confidentiality agreement. Have a ...
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If I freely described, in words and pictures, to individual companies(not "publicly") could I patent it, if no prior art?

If the first outside presentation was more than a year ago and you didn't at least say - "this is my confidential information, please keep it to yourselves", it would most likely be considered, in the ...
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Labeling Patent Applications to avoid disclosure

For patent attorneys and agents who you have engaged, any disclosures you make to them are confidential and privileged. They would not be able to make any of the matter public (at the risk of losing ...
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Pros and Cons of going public with my invention rather than obtaining a patent

To assess the pros and cons of going with a patent requires you to understand the economics of your market. I'm going to assume you are thinking people will want to build experimental VTOL aircraft. ...
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Are private discussions valid prior art?

From EPO perspective, your question boils down to "when are private discussions considered public"? In general, the information is regarded as having been made public if even just one single member of ...
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If i publish my invention before i get a patent do i have a year to get a patent before i lose my rights?

Disclosures made by the inventor less than 1 year before the effective filing date is not prior art in the US (35 USC § 102(b)(1)). Accordingly, as long as the effective filing date (which can be the ...
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Shared my work for analysis before applying for a patent?

There are two issues here: Is your disclosure prior art? Is there a reasonable risk of theft? Is your disclosure prior art? Maybe. If you have made your invention available to the public, your ...
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Is a rejected patent application considered prior art under "first to file"?

Update #2: Under the scenario described above, when Company B filed post-AIA, "first inventor to file" a prior, published patent application from Company A is not prior art under 102(B)(2)(b) from ...
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