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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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? Thanks
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Is it a catalyst or a stop control patent?

The abstract is about catalyst and the patent is about stop control. Does it make sense? I suppose there is an error somewhere in the files? By the way I found the patent as I was looking for ...
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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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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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I take exemption to this patent

Is the definition of "exempt security" discussed in paragraph 26 of this document? http://www.google.com/patents/US20020007335 **Claim #8 from this document published in 2002:** A method for ...