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Display Google Patent summary for non-US documents

I would like to make a formal request to support Google Patent sidebar summaries for non-US patent number tags, especially WIPO patent tags. This is peripherally related to a question regarding ...
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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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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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“Follow us on Twitter” image and Twitter brand guidelines

I think this image, seen in the sidebar of the main site, violates Twitter brand guidelines in that the site's logo is superimposed on Twitter's logo. Usage guidelines Do: Use our official, ...
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Creating a new way of searching patents, want to know what to do and not to do

My company has built a patent search tool with some new and exciting functionality that could be useful. I want to answer questions on this site using the tool, and test the tool based on feedback. ...
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How many question should I split this into?

I've long since quite liked trading card games (and Magic: The Gathering in particular) and I have the dream to one day make my own. However, Wizards of the Coast, the creators of Magic (the first ...
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Are users emailed when their question gets answered?

When a user on Ask Patents posts a question and another responds, is the user who posted the question notified via email that an answer was posted?
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who handles twitter profile of the Ask Patents?

Does moderator maintains twitter profile of ask patents? https://twitter.com/AskPatents It was not updated from last September. I am very interested to maintain the same, if possible.
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Why are we at bottom of accepted questions?

I recently came across data stackexchange. I was really surprised to notice that 'ASK Patents' is at bottom. accepted posts and post count across database is that query true? How can we improve ...
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What is the ideal way to respond 'Community user' pokes?

I see most of pokes of community user what is the best way:- Answer them a fresh?? Vote up the correct answer? edit and vote up the answer? improve the question quality and voteup question?
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Questioner or FAQ type radio to restrict new questions which are already answered

I might be asking a LOT but i think just like flagging system, we can have some radio buttons based screening before a New user asks a question. for example. Are you looking for expiry of patent? if ...
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Adding patent number as Tag verification

I feel that for new question we can have TAG system verification wherein if a question body or title contains any number more than 4 digit a tag auto verification pop-up [currently seen as red square ...
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Ways to sort tags wherein no wiki

Currently I am venturing to make our Tags informative. Although i can browse and see tags I wonder is there any ways i can sort tags having no wiki? just like unanswered questions.
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Answering old unanswered questions?

I see about 200 questions remained unanswered in our Ask Patents is it correct if I clear the backlog? How can I be sure if answers are correct? Is it ok if other users will try to review if old ...
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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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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 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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“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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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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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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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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Should the “Rejected” banner be green color instead of red?

We currently use this image to indicate that patents are rejected: However, when visitors to the page view the site, it's highly likely that they would think "the challenge had been rejected", ...
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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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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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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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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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No easy way to properly label sub-aspects of claims

A key feature of reading patents is understanding the structure of the claims. Patents usually have between 10 and 30 numbered claims with most of them making reference, by number, to other claims. ...
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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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Hide old, closed questions from main page

I noticed that questions about rejected patents, questions that were closed or put on hold by a moderator, etc. are still accessible from the main page. This creates clutter and makes it harder to ...
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Auto-import Claims

This is aimed towards improving the workflow for translating patent claims. I would like to have SE auto-import and format the top-level claims for patents. We could use the European Patent Office ...
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Tag asking for translation

I wanted to tag a question to request for a BS-free translation (a more specific example here). There wasn't any obvious tag for this. Again, I think this translation request somewhat breaks the Q/...
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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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