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Can a similar product be made?

In reference to the design patent: USD 666,896 S1 Can a similar product be made without violating this patent? What exactly is patented? The loops? The look?
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Parallel neural networks

US 2014/0180989 A1 has been applied by Google. It seems that the patent is about convolutional neural network with parallel architecture. As my personal project, I'm considering making a program of a ...
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If you improve on a design do you still need to ask permission/pay royalties?

Say there is a patent out there for something, say a fork and I improve on the design in some fundamental way even though the core of the object is still fork like, do I still have to get ...
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My design around of a patent is being made obsolete by a reissue, what are my options?

I innovated and filed for a utility patent on an invention that had been patented. Now the owner of the original patent has filed for a reissue of his patent. The new claims are broader and basically ...
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How can an academic lab explore RPA?

In reference to the patent: US 9,057,097 B2 Much of this technique was described previously in Piepenburg et al. (PLoS ONE, 2006). Can academic labs explore this approach using the method described ...
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Patent enforcement

Can a US company which does not hold a patent for a product or method sell a US patented product or use a US patented method overseas without a licensing agreement? Is a US patent enforceable against ...
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Media device design patent and other types of products

If design patent is granted for a media device, will it also cover other devices which are not “media devices”? For instance, US D497,618 S1 is a design patent for an iPod. If someone makes a toy, ...
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How to build software if you're unaware of which parts can contain potential patent infringements

As of lately, I've noticed quite an increase in software algorithm patents, that is: patents that explain certain data structures and/or software algorithms. The problem I personally have with ...
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IP blocking or user info blocking

A web app infringes a patent which is granted in some countries. Users from these countries should not use the app, however the rest of the world has no limitation. When users are registered in the ...
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Selling products in the United Kingdom despite a US Patent but no EU Patent

Is it possible for me to manufacture and sell items which have US Patents but no EU Patents? I realize I cannot trade to the USA and only intend to sell within the UK. My main question relates to the ...
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Is it true that a USPTO patent not safe from European companies?

All feedback is greatly appreciated. I'm a very young inventor.
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new use for a known patented invention

You obtain a patent which is a new use for an existing patented invention. The patent of the existing patent is still in force and valid. If you want to use your patent, do you have to get a license ...
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What patents do I need to buy or lease to make and sell an electric guitar to the public?

I want to make and sell my own electric guitars. However, I have not invented the instrument, nor was I the inventor of any of the major advances in the field. However, I have some changes (mostly ...
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Is this design patent enforcable?

Company A files an application for a design patent in January 2013. This is an improvement to an existing, widely sold product and the same type of improvement was previously added by others to ...
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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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Should I do a freedom to operate search if I suspect parts of my product infringe [US]?

Let's say I am building on a high-tech, novel product but that combines several techniques, components and/or innovations that I suspect may be patented (though those may have expired). I would like ...