Questions about copyright as it relates to patents. Note that questions about copyright in itself are off-topic on this site.

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I need to find out about keeping my sketch secured

Good day, listen I emailed my sketch to a protype company after signing an agreement, is that binding and can I mail a picture of my sketch to myself and keep it sealed in case someone wants to patent ...
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Does Copyright provide invention protection?

I was advised by an "inventors circle" to protect my idea by copyright rather than obtaining a patent. First question: Is copyright considered a publication in view of the patenting process? Although ...
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Scope of a worldwide grant?

Wondering what the scope of a worldwide grant / transfer of all IP, either via an employment contract or explicit transfer is? I ask as a number of countries are not members of the WIPO, others have ...
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Question regarding employee vs employer patent ownership

I am employed by a big IT consulting firm or IT services industry in USA (IT and business consulting) at the senior management level (I am not hired to develop software or IT/non IT products, but only ...
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Has anyone used copyright infringement in the application, as grounds to block / revoke / force the re-examination of a patent?

Just read "this-is-a-direct-copy-of-a-previous-patent-we-own", in conjunction with "Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?", and "Can I copy texts from other applications into my ...
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Printing the patent image from US patent [duplicate]

IN reference to :- US2249572 Wearable bone-conduction hearing aid Do I need permission to print an image from patent? Is it public domain? USE:- Printing would be on vinyl wallcovering and ...
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Can my cousin copyright his world population cartogram? [closed]

My cousin made a cartogram depicting world population in microsoft paint. It became quite popular and he he was contacted by the author of an earlier world population cartogram. The author of ...
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Can a copyright be used as a substitute for a patent?

Elsewhere on this site I see this quote... According to U.S. law, a patent cannot be obtained if an invention was previously known or used by other people in the U.S., or was already patented or ...
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Elevator driven by flat belt in EU

I am currently doing some research about elevators driven by flat belts. There seem to be a few patents regarding the use of flat belts for elevator suspension means. I found patents US8157058and ...
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Can mobile app concepts get a patent or copyright?

Alright, with more than 1.2 million apps on the app store, it's become increasingly difficult to find new app ideas that don't already exist. My question is; can simple app concepts that aren't ...
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How can I contact the inventor or applicant of a European patent or application?

I'm interested in contacting the owner of EP1870511A1. Where can I find information to do so? I've reviewed "How can I contact the owner of a patent?," but it appears to only cover American patents ...
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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

I am about launching a mobile application soonest (in 5 days time) but I am really scared about others using the idea behind the whole system because the few people I have spoken to about investing in ...
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How to get Copyright permission for a figure in a patent

I would like to get permission for reusing Figure 26 of the United States Patent US20130256198, "Magnetic separation of electrochemical cell materials", in my review paper and thesis, with slight ...
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To use “copywrite” to protect an invention.

Someone suggested that 'copyright' is a means to protect an invention. To do this a description, not unlike a patent write up, can be copyrighted protecting it from someone else to file a patent on ...
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Am I allowed to test and research with Graphene

I am a student and wanted to do some research on graphene on how to mass produce it and I was wondering before starting my project on the wondrous material. So my question is, Is this a free patent? ...
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Plagiarism in a Patent Application

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 ...
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When will this patent be availabe for clinical application by healthcare professionals? [closed]

I am a healthcare professional (RMT) in Ontario with many patients who come to me concerned with their cellulite. I also educate the public about cellulite and provide treatments geared ...
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Gaining a copyright/Patent

Is it possible / legal to gain a copyright / patent over a somebody's else idea, changing / improving / altering something significantly?
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Can I Do A Title Search On A Patent or a Copyright Like With Real Estate? [closed]

Let's suppose I write a book, (invent a gizmo) a miracle happens, and I get a movie deal (or a manufacturing deal). Can I walk into a real estate title search agency to check on liens and claims ...
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Should I use patents or copyright law to protect my ideas?

I have seen that Google has some patents on their Toolbar, and also has some copyrighted software. Which is a better option to protect an idea? Can I copyright my own Open Source project? Personally, ...
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Finding design or utility patent

Few months ago, an idea went over my head. After some thinking, I though I had first to do a search over the internet to see if my idea already existed. And it existed. I found out that there is a ...
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What is the difference between a US copyright and US patent?

Assume I create a "Swiss knife widget v1." Do I own a "copyright" on the widget? What does a copyright protect? Assuming I do have a copyright on the widget, if another company copies my widget ...
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Protecting a User Interface: Design Patent and/or Copyright

I have been reading that it is possible to file Design Patent(s) and Copyright applications on top of non-provisional utility filings. To my understanding (I am an engineer so please bear with me :) ...
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Can I copy texts from other applications into my application?

I'm a "micro entity" and I'm considering patenting my idea myself. I know that the language of the patent application is very special, eg. no limiting language should be used. In some patent ...
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Can I use these images for a college publication? [duplicate]

I am a photo editor for a campus magazine. I am wondering about the use of publishing some of the images on 2008/0210728. It's about a solar backpack patent. Is this legal for a university to use? Are ...
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Making a game with patent art graphics

I'm considering making a game that uses patent illustrations (from Context-Free Patent Art) as graphics. I've read the answers to Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?, which suggests that if ...
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Registering Patent, Can a way of doing things be registered as patent or copyrighted?

I'm working on a method of user authentication. I Googled the whole web, different places like Wikipedia, and some science journals and didn't find the strategy I'm using. Can my strategy be ...
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Must one issue a warning before suing for patent infringment?

If I make some software and start selling it, and then someone who has a patent on a central idea in my software discovers this, would they have to provide me a warning to remove my product from the ...
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Does “Vessel Hull Design Protection Act” protects any kind of object of design?

I would like to know if any kind of object of design can be protected by the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, or if it is just to vessel hull objects.
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Can software or a block of code under the GPL or a similar license be patented?

Regarding software, can an application or block of code licensed under the GPL (pre version 3), or a similar license requiring the source to be made available under the terms of the license after ...
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Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?

Sometimes, during a patent research, I found patents which comprise one or more similar images and/or text paragraphs. Are text and images in the patent copyrighted? Does any 3rd party, other than ...