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This patent has, as part of its content about projective geometry, text and diagrams copied from my web site http://www.nct.anth.org.uk/ without permission or acknowledgement. Is that ethical in a patent application?

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Can you please specify which patent it is? –  Elin Mar 31 '14 at 13:07
Plagiarizing is only an academic offense, it would be copyright violation that would potentially matter. A patent application containing copyright material without permission would not affect patentability unless it showed the inventor wasn't actually the inventor. –  George White Apr 1 '14 at 16:29
I suspect that fair use could be claimed for material copied into a patent application, because no rights are claimed in the work under copyright except for the clear exceptions in MPEP 608. –  Louis Iselin Nov 18 '14 at 22:31
Related to: patents.stackexchange.com/questions/12449/… –  arober11 Mar 24 at 14:03
Related: patents.stackexchange.com/questions/44/… –  arober11 Mar 24 at 14:05

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It is common in patent applications to describe the "background art". Proper attribution should be made.

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