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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Shouldn't conflict of interest disclaimers be required ipso facto as opposed to after the fact?

This question is the basis of my question: Is an electric circuit patentable? A new user shows up (no history for any pattern), presume, there is no pattern of a particular material having been ...
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How do I use this site effectively?

I'm pretty sure I'm using up the goodwill of the moderators with my many questions about patent phrases and wording, so I'm turning to Meta. Background: I'm working on my first patent, and I plan to ...
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Merging [tag:patent-drawings] and [tag:drawing]

patent-drawings and drawing seem synonymous. Let's merge them?
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How can we attract Quora users from Quora topics related to Patents?

I would love to see this SE burgeon! How can we invite or enthrall Quora users from these Quora topics? Patents has 282.4K followers. Patent Law has 262.2K followers. Software Patents 40.8K. Patent ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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Welcome to Ask Patents' newest moderator

We'd like to welcome the newest moderator to Ask Patents: He'll be joining Eric S shortly — please thank him for volunteering, and share your assistance and advice with him as he learns the ropes!
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Invalidity contests such as Patroll from Unified Patents

Is it appropriate to link to third-party invalidity contests on the Ask Patents site? For instance, I propose to link to the active contests on Patroll using the prior-art-request tag and also the ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Why is there no newsletter available?

I couldn't find any option to subscribe to the newsletter and even in the dashboard, where all sites are listed, subscribing "ask patents" is not possible. Why is that?
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Ask Patents updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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