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Does Ask Patents accept community ads?

Software Recommendations is a StackExchange site where people ask: Do you know any software that does this and that? It has very knowledgeable people, including specialists in niche software. I ...
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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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I think we should support help questions

Maybe I'm missing something, but there seems to be a clear gap in the FAQ for Ask Patents. Things we allow: Prior art requests Patent law or patent approval process Questions about a specific patent ...
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Where is Ask Patents marketed?

I see a lot of users asking questions on here like this one, where users ask something that more or less like this. I don't mean to call this user or post out in particular, this is just one of many ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we find a way to avoid patent numbers as tags?

I see a number of questions where the author have used the patent number as a tag. It gets slightly more interesting when a high rep user changes a question from having a link to having a tag (and ...
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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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The USPTO is exploring crowd-sourcing options as a result of a recent Executive Actions

The White House announced new Executive Actions related to the patent system today. One of the actions is specifically about the mission of Ask Patents. "Crowdsourcing Prior Art. To determine ...
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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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Can I ask for a general overview of the types of patents available for a certain type of product, and the process involved?

I have several ideas in mind for commercialization -- some physical products, and some unique services not provided before. I'd rather not discuss the particulars of the actual products and services, ...
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researchers are in the process of registering a world patent for Gene 0.4

Israelis finds bacteria-killing protein, could replace antibiotics The researchers are in the process of registering a world patent for Gene 0.4. Is this even a meaningful statement, or a ...
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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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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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How is success measured here with respect to finding prior art?

If a patent does not end up issuing is that a success, or is it if a patent is narrowed? I just stumbled upon this answer (Scaling based on pixel density (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART ...
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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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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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Could you tell me that is that my question is not about patent?

After my question was edited, I don't understand why it can't be reopened. My question was not about a patent. By the way, what's the meaning of "At least one of these tags is required - 'bug, ...
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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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Patents on similar items

I have been reading through some of the patents here that cover a similar idea I have for a product. There are variations. If I design an item that is more practical and cost effective than another is ...
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What is the best way to post figures in questions and answers?

The mark down for figures is quite clear. This question is about where to get figures from. The boilerplate for prior art requests contains a figure from the patent application. See for example this ...
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Duplicate tags [application] [patent-applications]

application and patent-applications are duplicates. I prefer the latter.
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Duplicate tags [provisional] [provisional-application]

provisional provisional-application are duplicates.
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Tags without questions

us8320592, ep0465662a1, page-turning, inequitable and conduct have no questions tagged. Should they be removed? The latter two could be turned into synonyms, too.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to decide: edit existing answer, add an answer or add a comment?

I often see an answer that I partially agree with but may see as flawed in some important way. I imagine it is not possible to draw bright lines in this but when do I provide my input by editing ...
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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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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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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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How should “yes or no” questions be answered?

My answer here was deleted by Robert Cartaino as "not an answer" even though it answered the question. Here is the text: Yes, it looks like it is effectively just treating code as data, albeit in ...
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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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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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Is Times New Roman the right font for the site?

I find that Times New Roman, while giving an official look to text, significantly increases eyestrain over the sans serif fonts. This is particularly true when large blocks of text are encountered, ...
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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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Can patents be searchable by number?

Is there a syntax to be used when searching for patents on AskPatents? For example this answer to the popular Apple V Samsung question, contains multiple references to the cases associated patents. ...
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Is there an online repository of design patents?

Which patents were involved in Apple v. Samsung? addresses a lot of design patents. Is there an online repository of design patents we can link to?
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How to find the best prior art?

Where's the best place to look to find prior art? Obviously you can search old patents and The Internet Archive is extremely helpful. Are there any other places that are best suited for finding really ...
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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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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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Are patent numbers needed in titles?

I recently removed the number from Prior art for video games played according to a selected value system such as the claimed "codes of honor", but the OP replaced it. Should we have the ...
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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 ...