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If a non-provisional patent application has already been

If a non-provisional patent application has already been filed with the USPTO, is it possible to file a 'petition to make special' on that already filed patent application??

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Is there any reason to not file multiple provisional patents

Is there any reason to not file multiple provisional patents as the concept develops and then you can reference the version that best suits the patent finally submitted.

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Any patent lawyers around? To encase my shoes, Not yet. I

Hi. Any patent lawyers around?JA: What's the invention's purpose?Customer: To encase my shoesJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: Not yet.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I just wanna know if it's wise to have someone prototype it before I request a provisional patent. Should I have to prototyper sign a confidentiality agreement?

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Are there any patent attorneys here that are familiar with

Hi, are there any patent attorneys here that are familiar with filing provisional patents?JA: What's the invention's purpose?Customer: It will be a strap device to hold a vaporizer.JA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: I haven't researched it yet, but I have not seen anything like it in the marketplace at this time.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I just have questions regarding the device itself and exactly what can be patented on it. My product will consist of 3 elements. Two of the elements are existing products which are already patented. The third element of the product is a part that I am having manufactured. All 3 elements will be combined to make my product. Ok thank you.

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Alex Reese

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I am debating filing a provisional patent but am trying to

I am debating filing a provisional patent but am trying to understand the value. A provisional patent, as I understand it, would give you proof that you created something before your competitors but I've been told the provisional patents are not publicly searchable or available. So, what is the use? If a patent isn't searchable, a competitor may not be able to steal your ideas or know where you are going with your products but, at the same time, they can't review your pending patent to ensure they won't be infringing on your technology.

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A company provided their patent ID of '62/414,365' and I'm

A company provided their patent ID of '62/414,365' and I'm trying to find this 'pending' patent. Not sure if it provisional or not.Can you help?I searched on USPTO but wasn't able to find it.

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Alex Reese

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I have intellectual properties question in regards to a

I have intellectual properties question in regards ***** ***** getting a app patent, and basic start up questionis. If possible. I would prefer a California attorney.

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Intellectual Property Attorney

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Lets say i created a basketball that was more fun to shoot

lets say i created a basketball that was more fun to shoot because of particular markings I put on it.The markings made the rotations of the ball stand out, which creates a little visual appeal that people find amusing.These are marking ive never seen on basketball before (making it seemingly novel and new).Can i protect from someone else putting those exact same markings on basketballs and selling them. If so how?What about if someone else wanted to do a slight variation to my markingslike for example the same markings but 33 percent bigger or the same markings except different color?

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LawyerDavid

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Juris Doctor

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I have developed software to monitor large paper and tissue

I have developed software to monitor large paper and tissue machines in a novel way. Because it is a large package with many components I have written up provisional patents in three seperate applications. I would like to share with a prospective company that may want to license the patent or patents. The question is: If they see the patents can they then file their own patent if they think they have a better way to limit my patent. Also, if a concept is being used but being kept as a trade secrete legally or just keeping it under wraps, can that be used to override my patent if it is finally granted in a permanent patent?JA: What's the invention's purpose?Customer: One patent provides what is known as a state machine to keep track of all events in part of the process which are critical in measuring the Speed, Efficiency and Waste which are used in financial models to understand the performance of the machine. This allows the machine to be optimized for consistent quality at lowest cost.JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: Briefly but I didn't reveal the concept becuase I wanted to understand better what I actually thought was patentable. I had a two hour meeting with no agreements and then got a bill for $1800 which was for a one page letter to my programmer giving up copyrightJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: What is the value of a Non-disclosure document in this situation? Also, if I show the result but not the means, is that revealing the patent? Or, do I have to just keept the means confidential till I file the provisional patent.

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Alex Reese

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JD

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