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posted Monday 21 of September 2015 by neha [patent searches]
A. Patent rights that can be enforced are national rights, not international rights. This is just the way it is. One day, there may... view

posted Thursday 3 of September 2015 by David [patent filing]
A. Yes, in the US, if it was not renewed unintentionally, and provided you act within a set amount of time. view
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posted Monday 10 of August 2015 by James [patent filing]
A. No, clear and comprehensible drawings (that enable one of ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention without undue ex... view

posted Tuesday 14 of July 2015 by Markus [patent filing]
A. Yes, it can make sense if the German market is important to you. Yes, the laws are different and the rules of examination also di... view



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posted Sunday 4 of September 2011 by Zoe
A. In order for an invention to be patentable it must be new as defined in the relevant patent law, which, taking the US as an example, provides that an invention cannot be patented if: "(a) the invention was known or used by others in this country (the US), or patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country, before the invention thereof by the applicant for patent," or "(b) the invention was patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country or in public use or on sale in this country more than one year prior to the application for patent in the United States . . ." According to the US patent laws, if the invention has been described in a printed publication anywhere in the world, or if it was known or used by others in this country (the US) before the date that the applicant made his/her invention, a patent cannot be obtained. The above “in this country” language in the US patent statute makes filing patent applications first in the US almost a strategic necessity, even though such applicants live outside the US. If the invention has been described in a printed publication anywhere, or has been in public use or on sale in the US more than one year before the date on which an application for patent is filed in the US, a US patent cannot be obtained. In this connection it is immaterial when the invention was made, or whether the printed publication or public use was by the inventor himself/herself or by someone else. If the inventor describes the invention in a printed publication or uses the invention publicly, or places it on sale, he/she must apply for a patent before one year has gone by, otherwise any right to a patent will be lost. In almost all countries (the US excepted), the inventor must file on the date of public use or disclosure, however, in order to preserve patent rights. Even if the subject matter sought to be patented is not exactly shown by the prior art, and involves one or more differences over the most nearly similar thing already known, a patent may still be refused if the differences would be obvious. The subject matter sought to be patented must be sufficiently different from what has been used or described before that it may be said to involve an inventive step or be nonobvious to a person having ordinary skill in the area of technology related to the invention. For example, the substitution of one color for another, or changes in size, are ordinarily not patentable.

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posted Wednesday 25 of May 2011 by Anthony
A. If you're filing a US design patent application, you can have more than one embodiment that has significant common features throug... view
posted Sunday 2 of January 2011 by Peter
A. "Any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof" may be pat... view
posted Wednesday 25 of May 2011 by Mark
A. Yes, you can file an international patent without filing a patent in each country. However, at some point in the future, you mu... view
posted Monday 21 of February 2011 by David
A. Ask yourself this question: "what's your ultimate goal?" It is probably one or more of those listed below: to prevent others from... view

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When you think you might have an invention with sales potential, immediately discuss the idea with a registered patent practitioner
Ensure you sketch all significant elements of your invention on paper, writing as much detail and comments regarding its' operation
After creating any descriptions or sketching your invention, ensure a witness (or even two) sign the paper to support your claim

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