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Besides copying and pasting, they work in modest sized art units and often further specialize within an art unit. If you see laser printer power supplies all day every day you probably get pretty good at that area of technology. Also, they do not cite case law widely. If it isn't in the MPEP or some written USPTO guidelines, they do not cite it.


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Isn't the basic premise of a utility patent to be unique and at the very least show innovative improvements over prior arts and usefulness in the current arts? No. The patent system exists to incentivize the creation and disclosure of inventions that meet the criteria for a patent. Those criteria include novelty, non-obviousness, and utility. There is no ...


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The document you linked is only an application. the associated US patent is US9513771B2. This patent is not assigned to Microsoft instead it is owned by WIXCOM Ltd. Whether or not you owe royalties has nothing to do with whether you reference a patent in your patent. It only has to do with whether your product actually implements the invention as claimed by ...


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Design patents cover the ornamental aspects of an object. If a shape has functional properties it can't be covered by a design patent. This is a complex area where judges try to separate the ornamental from the functional if you end up in court. If the broadest claim in the utility application covers the new embodiment you might leave it at that. However ...


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EFS-Web is not very user friendly. You probably already looked at the USPTO's guide to EFS-Web. I don't think the EBC Help Desk people - who are very patient and helpful, will be much help with actual decisions, more the mechanics of uploading. The PDF files need to be 8.5" by 11" (or A4) and have names that are EFS-Web legal. If a PDF is somehow 8.25" by ...


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My answer is a no as per MPEP the claims even MPF must also satisfy the requirement of disclosure i.e., 112(a). MPEP 2103.I.C which states "Examiners should begin claim analysis by identifying and evaluating each claim limitation. For processes, the claim limitations will define steps or acts to be performed. For products, the claim limitations will ...


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No, a patent application does not need to be detailed to the level of source code. Most patents involving software do have multiple sheets of flowcharts. The specification usually talks about each box in each flowchart and walks the reader through the process step by step. You can use google patents with some keywords to bring up examples of patents ...


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I’ll start with a statistical answer. Each patent you file has a certain chance of being rejected, which can be a long drawn out process and you might give up. So if you file several patent applications in parallel, you are likelier to obtain at least one patent covering your system sooner. We often do this when we want to get a portfolio up fast - we file ...


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Unfortunately there is no way for me to tell you if your idea is patentable. To do so would required disclosure of the idea and you can't do that publicly without losing the ability to patent. What I will say is that there certainly is the potential for a patenting an invention related to software. I would suggest working with a software developer to flesh ...


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This is an answer assuming US patent law. A design patent is for the ornamental appearance of an item of manufacture. An example would be a vase with a specific color, shape, and artistic design. You are not talking about an item with a single, specific, particular look, but a way of taking data and using it to draw a picture. If you used your technique on ...


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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 country. This needs to be done within 12 months of the first filing date (the priority date if priority is claimed, the filing date otherwise).


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The cited patent is a design patent. It covers the ornamental design of a functional object. Your question isn't very clear in that I'm not sure what is being communicated by the second link. Is that your product? In any case, with design patents, the question is whether your product looks like what is described in the patent's drawings. I'm not a lawyer and ...


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There are a few ways. For one, US design patents have a USD number, for example USD543181: https://patents.google.com/patent/USD543181S1/en?oq=USD543181 In google it also says "US Design Grant". The USPTO page is a little harder, though CLAIM The ornamental design for a folder-type cellular phone with digital camera, as shown and described. in ...


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