Definition of patent family

US Pre-Grant Applications have Significant Impact on Citations Associated with Granted Equivalents – Issues with Counting Citations Part 2  February 25, 2015 – 09:12 am

In a previous post we looked at the question of how many forward citations US8341981 has? We used this as an example of how the definition of patent equivalents and how they relate to the concept of a patent family can have an impact on what is represented by analysts when they discuss how often a particular patent document or invention is cited and by whom.  The post generated a significant amount of discussion on LinkedIn and the PIUG Blog. One of the items that most commentators agreed on was that the mechanisms for counting patent equivalents and family citations on Orbit.com by Questel was among the best of the systems surveyed on the ‘981 patent. At the end of the post I wondered if the issue of accounting for citations to pre-grant applications was a significant concern when looking at the forward citations of the corresponding granted patent or if these were relatively isolated instances.

To examine country specific issues related to this I started with the US since that was the country I looked at with the ‘981 example. The same pre-grant vs. grant situation holds true for other authorities as well, especially in Europe, so I will also look at that authority in a future post. The following search was conducted to look at the situation in the United States:

Source: Patinformatics.com

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If STUPID were a crime....

I'll allow the audience to form their own opinions.
Ignorance, can be cured thru education (omg,almost typoed), experience, and
even in some cases from critical self-examination.
Some people say that the definition of CRAZY is doing the
same thing over, and over, expecting different results?
I think that definition applies to stupid, too.
Definitions of stupid on the Web:
lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity
a person who is not very bright; "The economy, stupid!"
stupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience < -- this 1
stupidity - The property of being stupid; An act that is stupid; Obstinacy

Oh yes there is such a thing as a patent

Indeed, this is a very controversial issue right now, touching on the definition of intellectual property rights, indigenous people's rights, foreign relations between western industrial nations and the rest of the world, and international patent law itself.
If Harvard university can patent a mouse, why do you not believe there is such a thing as a food patent?
I do not just mean the...ompanies like Coca-Cola or Hersey's would have been out of business a hundred years ago if anyone could go to the patent office and get their secret formula.
Any more fallacies, misunderstandings, or bonehead assumptions you'd like me to clear up for you, Mr. PickleProduct

Ya got me

BUT,
The actus reus of theft is usually defined as an unauthorized taking, keeping or using of another's property which must be accompanied by a mens rea of dishonesty and/or the intent to permanently deprive the owner or the person with rightful possession of that property or its use.
In this case, it deprives the author of recgonition and/or compensation for the use of his product...ellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) requires that signatory countries establish criminal procedures and penalties in cases of "willful trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy on a commercial scale".
So it is a CRIMINAL ACT, not just a civil matter. While it may not be THEFT under the absolute definition, it is depriving the author of his due, and not many courts would split those hairs.

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Let's estimate this using the most inclusive definition of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, customer lists, business know-how, and other secret sauce. Relationship to Market Capitalization. An oft-cited statistic …

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