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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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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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Should cash bounties be allowed?

StackExchange could make extra money by allowing bounties on prior art questions. If a company like Samsung really wants to foil a competitor, they could throw a fraction of the cost of a lawyer at an ...
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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 do I suggest a fix to an error in the FAQs?

My specific note is that an FAQ answer talks about US and EU patents and using a tag like [EU12345]. There are EPO patents, not EU patents. The numbers start with EP not EU.
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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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Starting numbered lists at 8 (or any number) instead of 1

The way the formatting works, even if I put in a comment like this: "8. The system of claim 1..." it appears like this: The system of claim 1... It would appear that numbered lists ...
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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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Can you question an already issued patent

First off, great and inspiring site! I've read a lot of topics on submitting prior art for patent applications. Does the same rules apply for already issued patents? I could just save the prior art ...
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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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Create a time-based tag for content that will, or is now, dated?

I propose a "time-based" tag, which lets people know that the question (& answer, if any) are subject to near-term exportation or staleness. The same would be applied to old questions that are ...
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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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Don't expire single use patent number tags

Related to Fix Patent Number Tagging system or abandon it, Stack Exchange's taging system automatically kills single use tags after so many months (unless they're added to more than one post). That ...
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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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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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api.patents.stackexchange.com returns a frankensite

In trying to diagnose a userscript bug, I realised that some code was using the old, domain-based API 1.1. Figuring that Patents rightfully had no reason to support the deprecated API, I typed in the ...
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List of/labels for invalidated patents (for the patent office)

If a patent is successfully invalidated here, it seems to me like we'd need an easy way to call attention to it for our friends at the patent office. Upvotes are good, but they're far from definitive,...
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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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“Araqde” at bottom of main About page

I can't believe I just created an account solely to report this, but hey...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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Automatic tag wikis for individual patents

Also, tag the question with the patent number, like: us20090293106. The software will use this to automatically include a link in the sidebar to the patent. It would be nice if creating such tags ...
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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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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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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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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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