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I want to make a difference - how can I submit prior art to the Patent Office?

I want to stop a patent from being granted in error. I know that finding prior art is just step one. And it's clear that being able to succinctly describe its significance to the claims is step two. ...
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Is this site only and specifically for the USA patent system?

In our new site's "About" page we have this: Ask Patents is a collaboratively edited Q&A site for patent experts and inventors to: Solicit help finding prior art that might apply to a ...
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How Do I Write a Prior Art Request for a U.S. Patent Application?

It's a bit difficult to capture the essence of what a patent is about in the space of a title. Unfortunately, patent numbers and legal jargon doesn't really tell anyone about the inherent issues ...
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Ask Patents needs a cleanup

Ask Patents has attracted a ton of low quality questions. Stuff like https://patents.stackexchange.com/questions/9976/i-am-install-softwayers-games-or-many-think. There's also a good number of ...
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How to challenge a patent application

How do I challenge a patent application? In other words, I'm supposed to be able to use this site to challenge the community to find prior art. So, for example, here's a patent application that looks ...
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Would you be interested in Moderating this site?

Greeting all! It's time to see if we can get some Moderators for this site! Most Stack Exchange sites (like Ask Patents) are generally self-moderated by the community. The combination of voting, wiki-...
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Should we appoint pro-tem moderators?

I'll admit that I'm not an overly frequent user of Ask Patents, but as someone who does pop on from time to time, I see quite a few straight-up bad questions. As I understand it, AP is currently ...
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Will obviousness be in play at all?

I understand the primary goal for AskPatents is to crowdsource the discovery of prior art. I think it's brilliant. However, there will still be a lot of patents that will not be invalidated by ...
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Are questions of the form 'Can anyone find prior art for patent X' on topic?

Are questions that attempt to crowd-source the prior art gathering process going to be on topic/allowed? I'm thinking about questions along the lines of: I'm being sued by company X regarding ...
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Is posting your own original invention on-topic?

There are some recent posts using ask patents as a vehicle to document/"publish" the poster's own inventions that are improvements to cited patent documents and to solicit joint invention via AP. My ...
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Are questions about software licensing on topic?

I'm sure many of you got invited to this private beta because you had previously supported the Software Licensing SE on Area51, so I feel like this will be a useful question. Software patents and ...
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How can I find the best patent applications to challenge (by requesting prior art)?

What is the best way to find/search/browse questionable patent applications so that I can then search for prior art to be submitted to the USPTO. I'm familiar with Google Patent Search but it's very ...
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Is there a plan to enable preissuance submissions of prior art directly through this site?

Because preissuance submissions can be submitted for free if it's your first and only submission for a particular application and you're not submitting more than 3 documents, is there any plan to ...
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What is the rationale for having the patent number as a tag?

This seems to clutter the system, and i didn't see a given rationale in the FAQ.
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Who are the folks here and how are our answers used?

I have been curious about this - I see a lot of prior art requests that get posted and I/other people have been answering some of them. I think it's great to have visibility on some of the prior art ...
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Can we put up a blanket disclaimer of legal advice so that no answer, regardless of its source, can be taken as legal advice?

I have noticed a couple of bios with disclaimers to the effect that "no answer offered on this site is legal advice - consult an attorney - etc." I am in the same or similar circumstance as some ...
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Patent classification tags and tag wikis

Do tag the question with more general categories that others might subscribe to. For this example, tags like wireless-networks or information-security (the USPTO's classification) might be useful. ...
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Should we include the prepended year in the [us2012abcdefg] tag structure?

Some tags currently have it, and some do not: Let's standardize this. Additionally, we should decide whether or not to include the "A1" (which means that this is a patent's first filing) at the end ...
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How is this experiment going?

I am new to the site and have spent quite a bit of time reading and trying to learn the ropes and to post helpfully over the last few days. Activity seems very low right now. Maybe the widespread ...
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@pops - please learn more about Ask Patents

You recently deleted a post as "only asking about how the patent system works in general". How the US patent system works is exactly one of our two on-topic subjects. You also thought the questioner ...
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Can I withdraw an answer when a better one is posted?

I answered a question in the main section by describing some of the considerations in evaluating copyright issues generally. A later answer directly addressed the actual question, rendering my more ...
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How did this site get out of beta?

Ask patents to me appears, whilst possibly useful, to be significantly less healthy and less active than what Stack Exchange typically expects from a site before graduation. How did Ask Patents get ...
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Are patent examiners and other industry officials visually distingushable from “normal” users?

This site is unusual in the sense that a small subset of people (i.e. the patent examiners and similar industry officials) will be playing a very distinct role on this site, different from the average ...
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Did the rep level for edit and close-votes just get changed?

Did the rep level for edit and close-votes just get changed? Last month I was able to participate in close-voting and edits, but not I have lost those privileges. I don't see any meta question ...
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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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Why do we have so many posts that do not mention the patent number in question? And why so many are off-topic?

Why are there so many posts that do not mention the number but seem to think we know what they are referring to ? Also why do we get so many strangely off-topic questions and can that be mitigated?
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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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What is the purpose of interpreting claim language into plain English?

This practice seems like it is ripe for misinterpretation of the claim language itself. How do we make sure that we aren't losing necessary meaning when doing this?
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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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What Counts as “Prior Art” for a U.S. Patent Application?

When I looked at Online Shopping - Social Feedback on Clothing - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST, the first thing I thought of was people on Facebook linking to Amazon or other store pages so ...
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How do we feel about client solicitations as answers?

I'm referring specifically to this answer here. Is this allowed, and should it be?
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Why would I submit prior art here for patent 5,491,834 when Article One Partners will pay me?

I see Article One Partners has a research study for US5491834. Why would anyone post prior art at Ask Patents for granted patents?
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Rename the overused/misused [patentability] tag

The [patentability] tag is supposed to be for questions about patentability law — i.e. Questions about what conditions must be met for a patent to be held valid. But the [patentability] tags is ...
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Answers - What should an ideal prior art response look like?

What should a prior-art defense look like? Is it sufficient to cite something similar to the invention in question? Or does there need to be clear evidence of substantially similar implementations? ...
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Should the design of this site incorporate some ideas from skeptics.stackexchange.com?

Please have a look at Stack Exchange's site for skeptics , which is: A site for challenging unreferenced notable claims, pseudoscience and biased results Patents SE (our site) serves a similar ...
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Why can't I see Patents SE in the Stack Exchange homepage?

Why is Ask Patents not present in the above grid?
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Would Ask Patents consider merging with a more general “IP Law” Q&A site?

I do realize this is a nice little treasure-trove of patent Q&As, but so far it's the only IP-related Q&A site on SE. I see there are proposals in Area 51 for a Copyrights Q&A site and an ...
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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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Now — how is this experiment turning out?

A more pointed version of my previous question. Besides a general slow-down, we are starting to get more questions regarding the poster personally getting a patent than questions about stoping bad ...
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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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Should the on-topic page reflect questions about tools used with patents?

Speaking in response to this question, How often is Google Patents updated?, and specifically Robert's comment on it, I'd like to see the help center updated to include that questions about specific ...
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What Type of Questions is This Site For?

I'm relatively new here, so I'm still trying to get the hang of what sorts of questions are really appropriate here. I'm used to Stack Overflow, where questions are a little more generally applicable. ...
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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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Should country tags use abbreviations or full names?

A handful of tags have emerged to identify the country to which the question pertains. We've got uk, usa, and united-states. Should we be using abbreviations (UK, USA) or full names (United-States, ...
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Make [patent-search] a synonym of [search]

The tag wiki of search is "Questions relating to searching for or through patents and applications". patent-search has no summary and sounds like a it's meant as "searching for or through patents".
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Duplicate tags [provisional] [provisional-application]

provisional provisional-application are duplicates.
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Make some posts disappear?

We are starting to get quite a few posts that are not spam but are so far off they are cluttering up the site and possibly being hit in searches and attracting more similar posts. Is there a way to ...
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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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“Six month post grant review” ?? I assume this has been added to the boiler plate? It is not correct

From the USPTO FAQs on this program: it is in effect only for applications with a filing date after March 15,20013 It is nine months not six months. It is not a "send in documents" program. It is a ...
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Are we limited to US patents? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is this site only and specifically for the USA patent system? Are the questions here limited to the US patent system? Can I ask questions about the UK patent system? Can I ask ...