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If a business plan is implemented does it become prior art?

Does a business-method become prior art once it is implemented?. Is there a grace period of 1 year from implementation to filing the patent?
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Why isn't there a requirement for all software / business method patent applications to be “formally specified”?

Why isn't there a requirement that all software / business method patent applications be formally specified ? Formal methods has been around / best practice in the [Software] Engineering spheres for ...
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US8214361 B1 How can it be considered not obvious?

In the field of IR I was considering US8214361 B1: if I can resume the claims in two words the invention is a search engine interface that not only provides a set of results but also a set of ...
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Is the Amazon Locker Patented?

I did an advanced search for AN/"Amazon" AND (delivery OR locker OR distribution) and could not find a patent for the Amazon Locker. Is it patented? If so, what is the patent number? Is it publicly ...
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How does this patent affect digital downloads of multimedia at sites like Dropcards.com?

How does patent application US20100325182 affect dropcards.com and similar websites that allow users to send in their media and artwork then furnish the users with unique cards? Users hand out the ...
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How can a hobbyist pragmatically defend a patent they file?

To begin with I read: Is it practical for a novice to successfully file a patent without hiring a patent lawyer? There's a large community of hobbyist and DIYselfers who are constantly working on new ...
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Individual rebate code on goods transfered by customer via any network to give rebate or gifts to the customer

There are several patents out there like this: you buy a beer, on this bottle is an individual code, you can use this code on the campaign website to win a price or get a voucher e.g for an online ...