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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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Best practices for linking references to patent numbers?

I've noticed that in posts here we're going to very often reference patents by their code / number, whatever you prefer to call it. It seems like a good idea to link these whenever possible to a site ...
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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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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 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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Syntax for patent number

I propose the introduction of a syntax to indicate a patent number. For example, a lot of posts start with something like [Patent Application #20120225162](http://www.google.com/patents/...
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Break down by claim or patent?

I'm trying to apply Dan Shapiro's How to read a patent in 60 seconds to some Nokia "WebM" patents but it doesn't quite match the normal Q/A format. I would like to break the patent into individual ...
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Autotagging with patent number

When the question contains a link, such as [Patent Application #20120225162](http://www.google.com/patents/us20120225162) the system should tag it with us20120225162. This tag should be special, ...
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Fix Patent Number Tagging system or abandon it

As per What is the rationale for having the patent number as a tag? and Can patents be searchable by number? questions about specific patents should be tagged with USXXXXXXX There are at least two ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Ask Question” button seems to confuse some new, Google Patents users

Background George White pointed out on my related meta post Where is Ask Patents marketed? that Google Patents has a button on every patent page that links to us, and I suspect that this is the cause ...
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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 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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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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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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Shouldn't the icon for “rejected” be green thumbs up?

TL;DR Rejection of a patent is considered success for Ask Patents community, so shouldn't the icon for rejected tag be a greenish-thumbs-up instead of current reddish-thumbs-down ()? Rejection of a ...
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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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Duplicated advertisements on the side

When browsing a question, sometimes a duplicate set of advertisements shows up on the right hand side: While nothing is wrong with this, the duplicate advertisements could either be used to show ...
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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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Why don't I have ability to edit posts on meta having editing priveleges?

I have 250 repz and rep on meta has been already updated long time ago, however "edit" link is disabled for me on the meta posts. As far I remember, priveleges rep level should be the same on meta and ...
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Why can I not comment on Question 47?

I wanted to add my comments to How Do I Write a Prior Art Request for a U.S. Patent Application? but the "add comment" link does not appear on either on the question nor on the first anwser. Why ...
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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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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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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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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 ...