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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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