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Cost of filing and maintaining a US patent?

In the context that the upcounsel article was written -- for the all-in cost of filing, prosecuting one application and then paying off maintenance fees to expiration for ONE patent in (presumably) ...
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How do entrepreneurs determine if their idea is not infringing any patents

The typical approach is to perform a "freedom-to-operate" analysis. You can take a crack at this yourself using patent searching tools like Google Patents or my preference The Lens. Patent searching ...
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How do entrepreneurs determine if their idea is not infringing any patents

At first it depends in which countries is your market, i.e. in which countries you are planning to start your business. You may start patent search in random patent databases to get some preliminary ...
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"Designated countries for regional patents"

Designated countries only applies to PCT applications, not to US applications. Designated countries are those states in which a PCT application may subsequently enter national or regional phase. That ...
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Can separate patents be awarded for different delivery mechanisms for the same drug?

Yes, if the structure and/or method of each is novel and non-obvious. Frequently a slow-release version is patented separately. Or they could be two distinct claims in a single granted patent.
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Using a design with pending patent (application) then patent is approved

What you are asking about is called provisional rights. Not be confused with the completely unrelated "provisional patent application". If a person infringes the invention claimed in a published ...
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Are patent applications publicly available?

Yes, most are publicaly available from the USPTO and google patents. I believe google has a way of bulk access. Unless non-publication is selected by the applicant, they are published at 18 months ...
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Patenting at universities: What is the best strategy?

I am not a lawyer. Nor am I German. I think the essential question is whether the invention came about as a result of your employment by the University. According to this website: The Employee ...
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Are there annuities to be paid prior to patent grant but to maintain the patent application in the United States?

Not like most countries. Many countries require annual payments to keep a patent application alive while it is pending and then more annual payments to keep a patent in force. They are called ...
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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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References for making patents for pharmaceutical drugs in the U.S

You may want to check out ANDA Litigation at https://www.amazon.com/ANDA-Litigation-Strategies-Pharmaceutical-Litigators/dp/1634254589 Yes, the book is expensive, but it's also exhaustive. It talks a ...
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Is it normal in US to patent a device which does not exist yet?

You've discovered the dirty laundry of the patent system. There is no burden to prove your invention actually works. Some people might argue this isn't a problem since no one would want to infringe on ...
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Is value-at-risk methodology patented?

There are many many patents with the term "value-at-risk" in the tile or body. From google patents - The oldest one System and method for determination of incremental value at risk for ...
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Is no one ever allowed to use a simplex grid in procedural generation until the Simplex Noise patent expires?

Unfortunately this isn't my field so I'll only give general guidance. US6867776 is indeed a granted patent which should expire on Jan 10, 2021. In order to infringe on a patent you must infringe on ...
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State law about employers giving inventor chance to take forward an application before abandoning

Assignments may be differently worded; but you very likely assigned full title and ownership. If the assignee wants to waste the patent opportunity it’s their right. Actually, the assignee may have ...
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Using a US-patented invention in Canada

With few exceptions, patents apply only to activities within the borders of the countries that issue them. Therefore, generally, a US patent has no effect on use of the patented invention in Canada. ...
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Filing of a PCT without disclosing all previous applications

You can send information about "2013-11-04: They filed a Pakistani application" to PCT International Bureau via https://pct.wipo.int/LoginForms/epct.jsp PCT international bureau may consider the ...
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