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Repatenting someone else's dropped provisionals

The answer to this turns on 35 USC § 102(a), which reads: A person shall be entitled to a patent unless— (1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, ...
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Repatenting someone else's dropped provisionals

Why does it puzzle you? If it is not available to the public, it is not prior art. I think relevant US provision is here (MPEP 901.02) https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s901.html#...
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When exactly do you lose the provisionals priority?

The rule on this is quite tidily stated at MPEP § 211.05(I)(A) (which I hope will suffice as a legal reference of some nature): [F]or a claim in a later filed nonprovisional application to be ...
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Does the number of a feature play a role?

Since we all understand chairs, that example can be misleading. Yes, having more or fewer of some feature can make for a patentable claim. It can be tricky to write a claim for the fewer case. "A ...
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Possible US court sanctions over EU company in software patent infringment case

Although I'm not a lawyer, I have tried to research this in relation to the UK. Other European countries may be different. I'd be interested if anyone knows if any of the following is incorrect. If a ...
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Including existing patents and non-patent prior art in a nonprovisional application

Your question is somewhat vague, so I will provide a somewhat vague answer: You must tell the patent office about any relevant references you know about. The best way to do this is in an information ...
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Full Scope Non-Obviousness?

I agree with Maca that, by definition, if any specific example that falls under the scope of a claim is obvious, the claim is obvious. Examiners do not need to find "full scope" obviousness, ...
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Is this patent limited to the usa or internationally?

Important to add that patents are territorial rights. Patents with No US-N,NNN,NNN are US patents with effect only to the US. JP is for Japan, CA is for Canada, etc etc When you see WO-YYYY-NNNNNN ...
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What is the current thinking about inclusion of a "Field of the Invention" section?

This answer is not intended to constitute advice (I'm an inventor, not a patent attorney;) but rather provide perspective, based on my recent software patent application, filed in 2016. In drafting ...
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US patent application based on the contents of Chinese patent applications

Priority is governed by 35 USC §119(a). The important part for us is the beginning, which provides: An application for patent for an invention filed in this country by any person who has, or whose ...
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Is this patent limited to the usa or internationally?

This is a US patent. The hint is the first two letters being "US". US patents only cover products made or sold in the US. Often US patents will have international equivalents. In Google Patents you ...
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Does the number of a feature play a role?

In your example I'd say both 1 and 2 are not patentable since it would be obvious to someone skilled in making or designing chairs that you could make a chair with three or four legs. To be patentable ...
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Can I sell in Canada a product patented United States?

To add to George White's answer, the cited US patent should expire in the US as of April 19, 2021. According to Google Patents, the Canadian application CA2444353C should it get approved would expire ...
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Can I sell in Canada a product patented United States?

There is a corresponding Canadian application CA2444353A1 HAND-HELD FOOD PROCESSOR. Patents are territorial and no "international license" of the U.S. patent would be relevant in Canada. The ...
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How is a US patent linked to the non-us person's identity?

Regardless of location of the inventor the person’s name and city of residence are all that is listed in the form. Same form for everybody. By international treaty every patent office needs to treat ...
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Blog post explaining a patented algorithm

You need to look at whether you are simply describing how the patent functions or whether you are actually infringing the patent itself. You said you want to reproduce it in code - would that ...
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Is there (no) reciprocity in protection between the US and China?

As patents are granted by national or regional patent offices, the patents are therefore only useful for protecting an invention in the country in which that patent is granted. In other words, patent ...
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I have patent applications for the same invention in different countries. Can I choose which application to use as priority for a PCT one?

No. Under the Paris Convention you can only claim priority to the first filed application. The exception to this is if the first application is abandoned without being published and was never used in ...
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filling US application to PCT

Regarding just the mechanics - the PCT is more strict on following drawing rules and they require the PDFs in an A4 size. They will usually let you/make you fix these things later if it is clear no ...
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If I have a patent in china, can I also apply for a US patent?

If you have 5 years left, that implies that the application date of your Chinese patent was 15 years ago. In that case, you are too late to obtain another patent for the same invention in another ...
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Combination of dependent claims

One option is to file provisional in the US the same day as the nonprovisional with the claims exactly as you plan to have them in rest of the world and use it for priority. Since it is not examined, ...
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Multiple references US vs EU

In the US, there is an extremely punitive fee of USD 820 for each multiple dependent claim. Moreover, since the US isn't so strict with added matter arising from combining claims independent of each ...
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Drawing not available and PDF not available

Google provides two portals for viewing patents. The one you used (www.google.com/patents) frequently has problems displaying figures. The better Google site is patents.google.com. Here is a link to ...
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Can I patent a process in US being from another country?

It depends. Phrasing this as if your invention were a thing, most patent claims are made of of existing "parts". How the parts are arranged and coupled relative to each other to function is usually ...
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If an individual had a role in "correcting" my mistakes/work, do they have rights to my idea(s)?

I'm speaking as an inventor here, not a lawyer. There are generally several if not many people associated with a technology that spawns a patent. The question of whether one of those people is ...
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What does it mean to 'recapture' information from a PCT application?

I am not a US expert so I hope someone else will pop-in as well to add more info. But in a nutshell, there is a linkage between the date you disclose something and the disclosure itself and it is ...
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Is there a patent litigation damages threshold for a legal case to be accepted?

No. There is no threshold. For example, a patent case can even be accepted if requested damages are $0, but the plaintiff simply requests that the alleged infringer stops making, using, sell, ...
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