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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Is this the way that we can get people off of welfar?

By the way if we made these into space suits we could already be on Mars living happily? I don't see why we can't stop working our asses into a hotbox here on Earth and finally go somewhere and ...
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Shouldn't usage of wikipedia content during R&D be reason enough to void patents and tradesecrets?

Is there a valid ground for 'friends of wikipedia' (volunteers, general public supporters etc) to file a case to make trade secrets and patents open to public, if the R&D team ever used ...
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Is a test limit in a copyrighted document itself copyright protected? [on hold]

For example, if a copyrighted document exists for a chemical standard that is 500 pages long and on one page, an "Ionization Test" requires 1 liter of waste water to have less than 1% of hydrochloric ...
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My software looks and works same as an other software. Does it violate the copyright law? [on hold]

My software looks and works same as an other software. I have written entire code required, not copied. The colors used in the software are different, even though the layout is same. Does it still ...
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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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Would it be a copyright issue?

I want to make site for Arsenal fans where they can communicate with each other. I want to use "Arsenal Fans" on title bar of my site. Would it be a copyright issue?
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How can i get the usage permission of Movie Images for creating Live wallpaper?

I am new to designing and had got work for creating a live wallpaper using some animation characters in movies like Rio, Finding Nemo etc. How can use the images of that i find in Google for this ...
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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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When will this patent be availabe for clinical application by healthcare professionals?

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 an Idea that was somebody else's, but you have changed/improved/altered significantly? Thanks
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Can I Do A Title Search On A Patent or a Copyright Like With Real Estate?

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 ...