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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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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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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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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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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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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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typos in the FAQ list

1. The FAQ list has: On September 16th, 2012, the America Invents Act (AIA) became law. And then: The USPTO Prior Art Submission Site, scheduled for launch on September 16, 2012, will deliver ...
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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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Site Stats - design is broken, link isn't working and should Ask Patents even have them?

The site stats on the front page look like they're broken: Also, both links (to Area 51 and Stack Exchange) don't work, presumably because of the special status. Normally, these statistics are only ...
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Site Updates are Live!

A majority of the changes are not visible; these tweaks go along with recent updates that were made to Stack Overflow: We updated the site's CSS to a newly refactored LESS system, so that it's easier ...
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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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"Site Stats" box is showing up again

A couple years ago, there was a bug report that the "Site Stats" box on the right had broken links. The issue was fixed by removing the box entirely, since only beta sites are supposed to ...
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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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Automagically put patent title in tooltip for links to individual patents on Google Patents

So it seems we will standardize on linking to Google Patents from mentions of patent numbers / codes / IDs (what are these things generally called by the way?) It would be a neat and simple little ...
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Can I publish my invention here on SE as in the public domain?

I am afraid most if not all of my inventions will never be realized. I would rather give away life saving inventions then let them die with me. Is this a good place to put my invention for the world ...
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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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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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Where should we ask about patent drafting?

Patent drafting is not listed in the help page, so does a question about drafting the belong here? Or should it be taken to Legal or English? The question I want to ask is that, regarding a sentence ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spam Questions Increases

Patents is getting a bunch of Spam lately. Is there anyway we can get the moderator to delete them more rapidly? I and others are flagging as spam and downvoting.
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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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Does Ask Patents take coverage questions?

I'm mainly active over on Cryptography.SE and as such I'm always worried about patents and alike, especially given the history of patents and cryptography which blocked certain (very useful) ...
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I want to make a difference, how do I particiapte?

I see a similar question already answered about submitting to the Patent Office, but I wanted to ask a more generic newbie question: I'm a mechanical engineer and software developer with a masters ...
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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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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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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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Only migration option offered is to ask patents meta

A recent question clearly belongs in one of the many stack exchange software sites. When I select close and migrate I get the option to migrate to this meta site - period.
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Duplicate tags [infringement] and [patent-infringement]

I don't think there is a relevant difference that can be conveyed to everyone (or enough ppl) using these tags, I'd say they are duplicates.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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