General Information Concerning Patents

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DIANE Publishing, 1994 - 39 pages
Provides general information about patents & the operation of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Attempts to answer many of the questions commonly asked of the Office. Covers: attorneys & agents; filing fees; plant patents; maintenance fees; interfernces; specification (description & claims); disclosure document; models, exhibits & specimens; infringement of patents; design patents; foreign applicants for U.S. patents, & much more. Not intended to be a comprehensive textbook on patent law or a guide for the patent lawyer. Illustrated.

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Page 3 - Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.
Page 19 - ... (m) Transmission of drawings. Drawings transmitted to the Office should be sent flat, protected by a sheet of heavy binder's board, or may be rolled for transmission in a suitable mailing tube; but must never be folded. If received creased or mutilated, new drawings will be required.
Page 4 - ... b. the invention was patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country or in public use or on sale in this country, more than one year prior to the date of the application for patent in the United States, or c.
Page 15 - The specification shall contain a written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it. in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art to which it pertains, or with which it is most nearly connected, to make and use the same, and shall set forth the best mode contemplated by the inventor of carrying out his invention.
Page 25 - ... for the term of seventeen years, subject to the payment of issue fees as provided for in this title, of the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention throughout the United States, referring to the specification for the particulars thereof.
Page 32 - States, shall have the same effect as the same application would have if filed in this country on the date on which the application for patent for the same invention was first filed in such foreign country...
Page 36 - Office fees should be made in United States specie, Treasury notes, national bank notes, post office money orders or postal notes payable in Washington, DC, or by certified checks.
Page 22 - In original applications, all amendments of the drawings or specifications, and all additions thereto, must conform to at least one of them as it was at the time of the filing of the application. Matter not found in either, involving a departure from or an addition to the original disclosure, cannot be added to the application even though supported by a supplemental oath, and can be shown or claimed only in a separate application.
Page 15 - Subject to the following paragraph, a claim in dependent form shall contain a reference to a claim previously set forth and then specify a further limitation of the subject matter claimed. A claim in dependent form shall be construed to incorporate by reference all the limitations of the claim to which it refers.
Page 19 - ... margin is on the right-hand side. One figure must not be placed upon another or within the outline of another. (k) Figure for Official Gazette. The drawing should, as far as possible, be so planned that one of the views will be suitable for publication in the Official Gazette as the illustration of the invention.

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