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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?

N C Thomas

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Can you please specify which patent it is? –  Elin Mar 31 at 13:07
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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 at 16:29

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

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