Patexia Contest




Prior Art Search
This contest is closed.
  There are few repeated patent numbers, but with different granted dates in the known references list. For example 4609325 9/1986 Gabrielli and 4609325 5/1995. ... Read More »
James McArdle*into this
Feb 1, 2013
Daniel PorterSrividya, thank you for pointing this out. There were some duplicate entries, and the date discrepancies were between the priority date and the publication date of the patents listed. I've now removed these duplicates.
Feb 4, 2013
The contest is about invalidating claims 36 and 37 of US6,705,794. This granted patent seeks priority from another US application filed on Jan 26, 2000... Read More »
Daniel PorterThanks for your question, Srividya. The earlier date is because of what's known as the one year "grace period." From 35 USC 102:
Jan 25, 2013
Daniel Porter"(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 application for patent in the United States."
Jan 25, 2013
Today I learned "manikin" was an accepted alternative spelling of "mannequin" :D