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I developed a software system that comprises an app for smartphones, one for tablets and a central server that manages the communications between all the instances of them.
I did a research and found out that a company already requested to the PCT an international patent for a system that does exactly the same of what mine is intended to. This patent has claims regarding what this system is used for (the IDEA), describing the architecture (central server connected to apps for smartphones and tablets and printers) and technology used for it (basic IP, XMPP, Push).
Can this patent (I am not sure this is been approved or not) can actually causes me legal problems when I will sell my system?
I ask this since I don't see any technological innovation, only an innovative idea. I intend to sell in the EU first and then worldwide (if it works of course!!!)
Thanks in advance for your help!

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This does not sound like it should be granted a patent. You can try to stop the patent by sending in previous art. –  ColBeseder Nov 25 '13 at 11:13
    
Since you haven't provided the application number or the specifics of the application it isn't really possible to answer. "Sending in previous art" is advice specific to the US system. In the EU, if the PCT has or does enter the national stage in the EPO, you can use the pre grant opposition mechanism. It is not just sending in stuff. –  George White Nov 25 '13 at 19:04
    
Thanks for your comments. @GeorgeWhite: here you have the link for the application request: request In my searches I found out that at the EPO it has not yet been granted a patent (status is A1), while at the USPTO I couldn't find any reference to this application. –  deleElon79 Nov 26 '13 at 11:26

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