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« on: Oct 31st, 2007, 8:10pm »
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I have an idea for an invention.  I notice via a google search that a patent comes up for a similar item.  The item I propose would use a similar technology as for a keypoint of the operation but other aspects would be different and perhaps more thorough in its resulting operation.
 
I have read some comments about improvements and patenting those.  Any thoughts?  How different does it have to be for a new patent.
 
The patent I saw was was filed in 2005 by the same agent as the inventor.  Is it possible that some patents are merely filed as domain names in hopes someone wants to license or buy?
 
Is there a mechanism I can find contact information for the patent filer?
 
Thank you
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Re: Similar product Question
« Reply #1 on: Nov 2nd, 2007, 1:30pm »
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For an improvement to be patentable, the improvement must be non-obvious to one of ordinary skill in that art.  This is a question that can only be answered by a registered patent attorney.  You should consult one.
 
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 2nd, 2007, 5:13pm »
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Q:  How different does [an improvement] have to be for a new patent [to be granted?]
 
A:  This is a question that can only be answered by a registered patent attorney.
 
Does a registered patent attorney, in contrast to a patent agent, have some magical ability to divinine patentability?
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