For questions relating to "novelty," as related to patents. Specifically, the bar for novelty in patents and patent applications, and interpretations thereof.

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Existing Patent's Application Usages

I have an idea which is very close to an existing patent CN 103839021 A. However, its application and working is completely different than what is mentioned in that patent. I came across the section ...
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Can this patent be rejected?

I have an Indian (utility) patent pending (filed in November 2014) for a process related to improved aircraft engine type/class. I am thinking of filing a PCT International application for the same ...
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Can it be a patent?

I have an Indian (utility) patent pending (filed in November 2014) for a process related to improved aircraft engine type/class. I am thinking of filing a PCT International application for the same ...
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Patenting a New Paradigm for Search Engines

I want to file a US patent for a new paradigm of search engines. But I don't know whether it is considered abstract and thus is it patentable or not? I explain it by an example. Just as an example ...
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US 2013/0206605 A1 too broad, little novelty

To include production of hydrocarbons in title of this application is over-reaching. Where is the disclosure to support its inclusion? Shouldn't there be a way to sanction those who pollute the ...
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prior art for US 20150079942

In reference to the patent: US20150079942 I am looking for prior art for US patent application 20150079942. I believe this invention has overly broad claims. According to me invention has not at ...
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Too broad/prior art?: Microcontroller-resident software development environment

US8117587 Microcontroller-resident software development environment supporting application-level asynchronous event handling, interactive debugging and pin variables for embedded systems Isn't this ...
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To determine the novelty of the idea

I'm trying to build a hexapod with several new capabilities and all the features used are not my original creation but the idea of combining them together to form a bot is my idea, and there is no bot ...
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Can a prior publication by the inventors themselves defeat novelty?

I had published an article in a journal about an invention I was working on with my co-author. Now that we have been able to finish our project and came up with the drug, we want to apply for a patent ...
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Inventor improves own Patent issued 8 months ago

Inventor files new patent improving his own work in recently issued patent; uses novel new components and some existing components, can prove advantages. In the original patent issued inventor used ...
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Filing a second patent after a first one

I know that when I file a patent application, a research will be done on novelty. This research covers (theoretically) all known publications, existing patents and applications up to the date of ...
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Was this ever taken to production?

Re: us5417445 This looks like a remarkable invention. It seems to turn the current thinking of indepenent suspension on its head. Was this ever put into production?
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How to check the novelty in a patent?

When I read some patents, I often don't understand their novelty, especially with CIP and CP applications. Is it by checking backward citations and compare with present claims?
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US patent 8,625,805 reinvents encrypted mail

I believe US patent 8,625,805, granted to Wickr on January 7, 2014, is either not novel, or an obvious variation of ordinary encrypted mail as it has been used for decades. Here is claim 1: A ...
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explaining the theory that undergoes an invention in patent description?

I have a question about explaining the theory that undergoes an invention: should it be exposed in patent application (Description) and if yes how? For what I have seen patent documents are not ...
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How Patent passes the prior art requirement

The idea of physicalizing educational concepts to create visualizations seems to be a mental process. Patent Application: http://www.google.com/patents/US20130224715 seems to fail the requirement of ...
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Thoughts on novelty: Making a mobile product when there is already a desktop version?

I am thinking of making a certain consumer product. There is a similar product on the market that is designed to be used on a desktop and is quite large. (To the best of my knowledge it is not ...
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Novelty under Patent act

Can somebody tell me differences between novelty 35 USC 102 AIA and Old act besides first to file and first to invent?
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US 20120260509 A1 (Gilette) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST [closed]

Is patent application US20120260509 A1 obvious given prior art patent US5560106 A? They both seem to be trying to accomplish the same thing and given that the prior art was from the early 90's I would ...
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Is it possible to apply for a patent, if same invention was applied in other country by other but not applied for this country?

Let's say John applied for a patent in Germany on Jul 7, 2012, but did not apply for a patent of the same invention, that is, a patent which John could claim priority, in the US until Jul 7, 2013. ...
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Is it helpful to use “invention submission companies” to ensure the securing of a patent?

Is it helpful to use "invention submission companies" to ensure the securing of a patent? What other services might they provide?
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How could a patent have been issued for a composite knife blade?

Turns out there's a US 2008/0250656 A1 patent for a composite knife blade - a knife blade made of two pieces - one containing the area near cutting edge and the other containing the rest of the blade ...
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What is differences between us8216392 and us7445677? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: is there an infringement between this patent and lufthansa us8216392 patent? us8216392 patent produced "cyclean" you can google for images and us7445677 drawings are ...
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Idea that is similar but not identical to an existing patent: how do I evaluate the novelty?

I came up with an idea similar to this one (us20070091093) around the same time and I've read this patent pretty thoroughly. They cover a large part of what my idea is, but I have differences in ...
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Can a patent be refiled after 20 years with slight changes and additions?

In the process of seeking a patent on a domino-style game, I found a game with a lot of physical likeness to mine. That game was patented around 1950. Can I still file a patent since that patent has ...
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Prior art for Apple's Magsafe

Having read through the claims of Magsafe patent #7311526, I am not sure how it differs from previous examples of magnetic power connectors. What exactly is the novelty being claimed in that ...