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Would this site benefit from/is there interest in a Patent Golf?

On Meta.Chemistry.SE there is a post explaining synthesis golf the goal of which is to encourage participation on Chem.SE. I think that AskPatents could benefit from a similar challenge. My vision ...
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Is it all that useful to allow arbitrary new users to create tags?

As a voluntary spam fighter, I flag a lot of spam across the Stack Exchange network every day. Spam posts on other sites carry random irrelevant tags, such as javascript+c#+php+android on Stack ...
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Can I publish my invention here on SE as in the public domain?

I am afraid most if not all of my inventions will never be realized. I would rather give away life saving inventions then let them die with me. Is this a good place to put my invention for the world ...
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Step by step directions for obtaining patents

Is there questions and answers here that guide the SE user to obtaining a patent? Can a good list be made here I can follow? Not required bonus question: Is there a way to file online for inventors ...
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Would you be in favour of a merger into Law?

I've asked a sister question at Law: Could the scope of law accommodate the full scope of Ask Patents?. We have a wonderfully committed little community here, with a few regular contributors. But I ...
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Would migrating Copyright and Trademarks from the general Legal stack make sense?

I know we're not hurting for questions on SE:Patent, but there are still only a small number of contributors (who are to be commended for their dedication and knowledge!) The idea is it could make ...
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Frequent Down Voting

It seems the recently there has been an increase in down voting on answers. While I'm fine with criticism, I think just down voting without providing a comment on the reasoning is unhelpful. How does ...
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Default Venue for this website

In general, when discussing a question and it is not stated that the context is the US and unless explicitly stated otherwise: is it assumed the governing law is US patent law and that the question ...
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Is there an active Mod for this Stack?

Looks like the single pro tem mod hasn't been active for over a year, and it seems to me that DonQuiKong, Eric Shain and Maca are doing the actual mod work on this forum. Possibly it's time to ...
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Site Stats - design is broken, link isn't working and should Ask Patents even have them?

The site stats on the front page look like they're broken: Also, both links (to Area 51 and Stack Exchange) don't work, presumably because of the special status. Normally, these statistics are only ...
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What is the logo on the Prior Art Request tag?

The prior-art-request has a logo, in a similar way to sponsored tags on Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites: Is this the logo of an organization which deals with patents? Or does it ...
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Decision what's on/off-topic by moderator

Lately we had this question which at this moment has 3 reopen votes and had 4 when I looked a few days ago. It was unilaterally closed by Robert Cartaino and despite me flagging it twice, it wasn't ...
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Wouldn't it make more sense for reputation to be universal to all StackExchange communities?

I was surprised to find that my newly earned reputation points in this community don't seem to carry over to other communities. And I just don't see the point in this. It's kind of like having to go ...
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Flagging / Deletion of dangerous wrong advice answers

I have noticed a flag to an answer of mine beeing declined with the reason flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer While I certainly understand ...
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Directing Experts to Prior Art Requests

In an effort to further discussion about how to respond to prior art requests, I posted the question to the StackExchange Meta site. It garnered a fair amount of feedback. Here is the link: Directing ...
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Google Patents link on main page

I notice there is a "Search patents with Google" link on the right side of the Ask Patents main page. That links to https://www.google.com/?tbm=pts. I've found that https://patents.google.com is ...
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Old prior art requests

There are prior art requests here that are not "valid" anymore as the aplication has since become a patent. Example: Prior art request for US20120179309 "Data Improvement System and Method"?...
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Duplicate tags [infringement] and [patent-infringement]

I don't think there is a relevant difference that can be conveyed to everyone (or enough ppl) using these tags, I'd say they are duplicates.
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How many votes should one use?

I am personally voting on many questions and answers as I think giving away some repuation is important on a page like this with so few active users (of course, only if I think the question/answer has ...
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What to do to get this site more attention?

There are 12 users that have received more than 10 reputation in the last month and 22 with more than 100 in the last year, number one beeing somebody who hasn't been here in that year. I don't think ...
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Duplicate tags on invalidity

The tags "invalid" "invalidation" "invalidate" and "patent-invalidation" shoud probably be synonyms.
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Can we make a “tips and tricks for patent applications” question?

I feel like this would help many people, but it isn't exactly a question answer thing, more like a wiki thing. Any thoughts?
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A user guide about how to use this page

I am new and I was wondering if there is any guide around about how to use this page (ask patents); Bounties, accounts, tags, badges, reputation, etc, etc.., any guide? I am sorry if I sound like ...
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Legal Questions

Is there a place where I can ask questions concerning patent law for free? I know that this is an excellent resource for questions related to patents in general, but I have a legal question regarding ...
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Does Ask Patents take coverage questions?

I'm mainly active over on Cryptography.SE and as such I'm always worried about patents and alike, especially given the history of patents and cryptography which blocked certain (very useful) ...
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Area 51 link on Main 404's

I recently learned about Ask Patents through a meta.SE post which discussed the SE sites which did not go through Area 51. That being said, there is still a link to the Ask Patents Area 51 proposal ...
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“Prior Art” and “Public Domain” synonyms?

Should the "Prior Art" and "Public Domain" tags be made synonyms of each other? Or is it separate enough and distinct that they should remain separate tags?
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Has Ask Patents impacted frivolous patent claims?

I just read about the site's mission against frivolous software patent claims. I'm really intrigued by the idea and I wanted to know how much of an impact it has had since its inception. I wasn't able ...
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Duplicate tags [european] [eu]

"european" (currently 7 questions) and "eu" (currently 10 questions) are duplicate tags. "European" should be made a synonym of "eu".
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Clarification for “continuation” tag

"Continuation" could mean either a family of patent including continuation, divisional, and ᴄɪᴘ, or just "continuation". We need clarification on how questions related to "continuation" should be ...
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Where should we ask about patent drafting?

Patent drafting is not listed in the help page, so does a question about drafting the belong here? Or should it be taken to Legal or English? The question I want to ask is that, regarding a sentence ...
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I want to make a difference, how do I particiapte?

I see a similar question already answered about submitting to the Patent Office, but I wanted to ask a more generic newbie question: I'm a mechanical engineer and software developer with a masters ...
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Are Continuation Patents only available for patents filed in the USA and Australia?

Regarding Continuations Patents and all questions related to them and the work that is being undertaken for creating a Wiki on this subject, please can it be made clear in the Wiki and at the top of ...
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Reviewing soft questions - where to draw the line?

Ask Patents attracts a lot of soft questions, and I've been approving most of them because, although they are broad and there may be multiple correct answers or can only be partially answered, they ...
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Feature Request: Support Reissue Patent tags with patent sidebar

Reissue Patent tags (e.g., usre45370) are not recognized by the patent sidebar. Could the code that recognizes patent tags be revised to support this format (usre\d+)? Please also see the following ...
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How to properly tag a reissue patent?

I just encountered a question regarding a reissue patent, and I haven't found the correct tag syntax to get the patent sidebar to show. I've tried usre45370 and usre45370e1. Google's "Discuss This ...
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Suddenly, dozens of Late Answers (old ones) in the review queue

Something seems to have happened to the Review queue. I see over 30 posts in the Late Answers queue, and after going through a handful of them, I started noticing that the answer dates are old (over a ...
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New Google Patents site, which URL to use?

The typical method of linking to Google Patents has been: https://www.google.com/patents/US20130219479A1 However, since the recent update to Google Patents, there is a new view available: https://...
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Should there be a help topic for disclosing affiliations and conflict of interest?

A recent question asked about research involving a patented method (within the scope of the site), and a scientist from the company (assignee) provided an answer linking to the commercial web site. In ...
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Could someone add a hyphen to the legalstatus tag?

I was planning on creating legal-status as a new tag, then moving the four legalstatus questions over to it and letting the original expire. But, the system considers the two to be the same and will ...
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Site Updates are Live!

A majority of the changes are not visible; these tweaks go along with recent updates that were made to Stack Overflow: We updated the site's CSS to a newly refactored LESS system, so that it's easier ...
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Display Google Patent summary for non-US documents

I would like to make a formal request to support Google Patent sidebar summaries for non-US patent number tags, especially WIPO patent tags. This is peripherally related to a question regarding ...
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Google Patent summary only appears if the tag for the US application or grant appears before all other patent number tags

I was surprised to find that the Google Patent sidebar was not rendering for the US application tagged in this question. It occurred to me that it might be due to multiple patent numbers being tagged ...
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What are the best practices for tagging patent families? (with recommendation)

We know that individual patent documents can be tagged and automatically summarized via the sidebar. However, there is an issue that has not been addressed, involving the proper tagging of patent ...
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Are questions about ideas for patents off-topic?

I have several ideas that I wonder if they would be good enough for filing a patent. I dont' have prototypes since the ideas are new. Would it be best to ask in context at a specialised site for that ...
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Is there any way to accomodate historical licensing questions regarding expired patents?

Today, a new user asked a few perfectly legitimate questions about a patent and this community in general, but the questions are currently outside the scope of Ask Patents. Patent Discussion I ...
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I only want to discuss the patent, not ask a question, but there's only the question option; why?

I wanted to "Discuss This Patent" but all I'm allowed to do is ask a question. How can I discuss the patent just in itself, instead of having to ask a question? I don't understand why Google ...
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Too many expiration tags being closed as duplicates

I see a large number of "When does Patent X expire?" questions being marked as duplicates of How do you determine a patent's expiration date?, with zero effort to edit, re-tag or answer the question. ...
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“Follow us on Twitter” image and Twitter brand guidelines

I think this image, seen in the sidebar of the main site, violates Twitter brand guidelines in that the site's logo is superimposed on Twitter's logo. Usage guidelines Do: Use our official, ...
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Creating a new way of searching patents, want to know what to do and not to do

My company has built a patent search tool with some new and exciting functionality that could be useful. I want to answer questions on this site using the tool, and test the tool based on feedback. ...

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