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Unified patents has petitioned for inter parties review of this patent. After rejecting General Patent Corp's preliminary response, the USPTO has granted the inter parties review (as of Oct 10, 2017). There is a strict timeline and this patent will likely be toast in 6-7 months.


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If the PTO examiner does not find your website while doing their prior art search, your competitor might still be able to get the patent and even sue other companies with it. I'm assuming that if they are dishonest enough to steal your idea and apply for a patent for it, they will be very happy to sue companies left and right. It takes a few years for a ...


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A trade secret and a patent are mutually exclusive choices. An NDA would almost certainly be needed for the former (since it's secret), but not really for the latter (since it is, or will shortly be, public). It really comes down to which route you decide to pursue. Of course, there is no real disadvantage for you to use an NDA (except to the extent it ...


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Your abandoned application may be used as prior art against a later filed patent application if it is published prior to abandonment, and you file the second application more than one year after the date of publication. However, if you allow the application to become abandoned without filing a continuation application, you open yourself up to other prior ...


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