What is the relationship between my two apparently identical patents?


Patents US9607415 and US9613446, which I invented and do not understand, appear identical. What is the relationship between these? Are they legally distinct, with one a continuation? Did the lawyers split one application into two patents?

Joshua Fox

Posted 2018-07-26T08:36:45.560

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The second one (US9613446) is a continuation of the first one. IF you look at the claims, the second one claims a method and a computer program product while the first one claims a computer, so they have complementary scope of protection.

Maybe the attorneys were not sure about claiming the software parts and the computer in a single patent. (Or any other strategic reason)


Posted 2018-07-26T08:36:45.560

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So, I can claim two patents for my resume. Did someone say already that software patents are ridiculous? :-) – Joshua Fox – 2018-07-26T10:33:36.747

Yes you have two issued patents. – Eric S – 2018-07-26T13:27:39.653

In general, software patents are getting easier to invalidate and harder to inforce. – George White – 2018-07-26T19:09:57.630