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It takes about 6 weeks from payment of issue fee until the patent issues. IF you wait to the last minute to pat the issue fee, the patent will probably issue in fewer weeks. In the U.S. there are no maintenance fees due until after the patent is granted. All of the maintenance fees are then keyed off the grant date. The priority date is irrelevant. They ...


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Some countries do require a patent holder to either "work" their patents or be subject to compulsory licensing. India is one example. In the U.S., practicing your patent is not required to keep a patent valid. In fact, you may not even be allowed to make and sell a product that incorporates your patent. An example would be a patent that was an improvement of ...


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Looks like you did a fair amount of research. Great job -- individual inventors have it tough. You get 12 months from the earliest priority date to file a PCT and claim its benefit, thus, you have to go the PCT route and can't extend it. See here for an example. Alternatively, let go of the provisional application. Do nothing. Exploit your tech, and reset ...


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I will just include the mandatory recommendation here to get a patent attorney. If your invention is worth protecting, it's worth protecting properly. Otherwise, you're just throwing money away at filing fees with little chance of getting something at the end. With that out of the way... US Non-Provisional What must a US non-provisional application include? ...


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