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Can anyone use an Expired Patent

Can a company use the idea/model/ of an expired utility patent to create the same type of model that the original granted patent had.Can they legally sell this product to consumers?Thank you
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The Telekey numbering code system to identify wireless telephone users

Nathan B Stubblefield used a numbering code system to identify all his wireless Telephone Users.
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Prosecuting someone under patent laws

So I have a question that I couldn't find an answer to. The question is as follows: Is it true that in order to be prosecuted under patent infringement laws, the patent holder has to show that the ...
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How are algorithm patents enforced?

It surprised me to learn that algorithms can be patented. If that's the case, why aren't famous algorithms like Dijkstra's algorithm patented? More importantly, how would they be enforced - wouldn't ...
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Can robots be patented?

Suppose somebody created the world's first intelligent robot. It can wash your dishes, clean your house, etc. Can that person patent the robot, so that no one else makes intelligent robots? If so, to ...
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Does anyone know the patent number for First Response™ Gold™ Digital Pregnancy Test by Church &Dwight?

First Response was reformulated to include a new antibody to hCG beta-core fragment in a digital pregnancy test. Does anyone know whether Church & Dwight have filed patents on this new test?
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Why don't companies keep their product implementation as trade secrets instead of patenting?

I am wondering why every company doesn't keep their product a trade secret? Then almost nobody would be able to replicate the product instead of patenting, which reveals the inner working of the ...
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My daughter and her golf team want to make golf tees to sell and raise funds for their season. Is this ok to do or must they seek out permission?

Their plan is to make the tees and paint them in different designs. Then they are going to package them and sell online and in the neighborhood. Is this ok to do? I know there are several patents ...
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patent Infringement question

Received a Design Patent from the USPTO a three years ago. Put the Design on the market for licensing. Noted a Major Manufacturers applied for published application in 2013 for a invention to be ...
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Is Patent 13/284,678 Granted? Patent granted for Flipboard flipping?

Hi can i ask if this patent is granted? I see a publication date, but not sure if it was granted. Am thinking for a flipping metaphor similar to Flipboard
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Can I use the idea of a one handed shovel in my non-commercial project?

I want to make a one handed shovel for my college project. I have thought of substantial modifications from what has been described here. The idea has already been described in patent US646472. Will ...
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Is there a specific walling material specified?

In Patent ep2535483a2 it is stated that a telescopic arm is used and "fabric" walls are erected. If a use of hard plastic arms are used and single extendable columes are used, does it infringe on the ...
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How can I determine which specific elements of the Tower Garden product are protected by Patent US7,055,282?

The Tower Garden, with patent number 7,055,282 describes a vertical aeroponic garden device. Many people have made similar devices over the years and there have been patents for some of them. I have ...
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How to get rights to use a patent

I wanted to patent something but found that it already existed on google patents. Now I would like to get in touch with whomever patented it to see if I can use the patent -- but I am not sure how ...
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Inventor/Co-inventor later removed from application and patent without knowledge

I was the original inventor and became partners w(co-inventor). The initial application was denied in 2005. I left the company and just found out that the initial application was approved 2012 with my ...
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What is enforceable on this patent?

For patent # 5,584,962 I have developed a tensioned hub for the supply roll that fits these machines. This mainly concerns figure 8. My hub design is different. My questions are: How can I tell ...
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CN 202852656 U_ Glass Bottle Light Patent

My question is regarding the above patent number (CN 202852656 U); does this patent prevent anyone from making and selling glass bottles filled with lights? The reason I ask is because I am ...
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how to know if I can use a mathematical formulae is applicable or not?

There is a mathematical concept in wikipedia. Its a ranking function. Can be found here. The fact that the knowledge is out there makes me think I can use it in my software. However, when I do a ...
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Improvement patents, building your technology on top of already existing technology

My question is regarding improvement patents. I have read some literature online, but it's all still pretty convoluted regarding this issue of improvement patents. My question is how does building ...
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Can this patent prevent the usage of an Icons view of a list of selected frames (bookmark) of a digital movie file?

My question is whether the independent claims (1, 6, 18) and their dependent claims can be used to stop anyone to implement a video player with a main window for a digital movie playback and a child ...
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Not sure if my Idea infringes on current herbal remedy patent?

I am working on an Herbal remedy, and thought I should get a patent. I found an existing patent in 2008, that has a combination of very different herbs for the same remedy. We may have some cross over ...
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How the idea or solution should be protected before having a patent for it

I've written a technical paper and have sent it for publication. There's a chance that some other can make use of my paper and file a patent before me. How to protect the paper, when we are publishing ...
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Is this patent covering my idea of measuring intra vaginal temperature to evaluate it by smartphone app?

as far as I understand, this patent pending is for a huge device which is for intra vaginal observation of the cervix as well as for introducing pregnancy by inserting sperm. Nevertheless I don't ...
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Patent Filing Deception

I own stock in a company that developed patent applications while I was an officer. I facilitated some of the IP and trademark applications. I left the firm years ago. I just found out that the ...
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Patent on Open Source Software

I want to port routines from some open source software to another programming language and distribute it publicly. The source code is licensed under GPLv2, so this should not be a problem. However, ...
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Is it not better in practicality to avoid searching software patents in your domain

Premises: Any complex software product uses many algorithms, steps, techniques and so on There's a patent on almost any method and system in software, even such that are trivial by now but still ...
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infringement royalties on two publication with different claims

If there is a patent application with : PCT publication at 18 month with claim A early national phase entry with a designated state say, Singapore of (1) with publication at 18 month of amended ...
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Do patent holders have to be “reachable?”

Do owners have to maintain an availability or can they just lodge a patent and vanish leaving an idea protected which nobody else can touch. If not how do we locate owners to find out more details or ...
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Do patents offer protection from use by others?

Say I patent an innovative method or device for creating Cookies. I am in the Food business itself, not device manufacturing. Suddenly, some competitor appears claiming to use a trade secret method ...
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A patent with both apparatus (i.e. system) and method?

I read a while back that one's goal should be a patent that is a method, a system and a means (I don't quite know what a means is). Is this actually a good goal? I also read that all the steps of a ...
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When does a patent prohibit the use of a patented product in another product?

I have learnt that "A patent owner has the right to exclude all others from making, using or selling products or services containing the claimed invention." It is the "using" part I don't understand ...
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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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The meaning of object A movable relative to object B

I am reading one patent. One claim contains the statement: object A movable relative to object B. My understanding is that object A can be movable, B is fixed and the motion is relative to object B. ...
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SIFT: reusing some claims and replacing others by strictly different nonpatented methods?

SIFT is a patented method that does both feature detection and description (US6711293 - http://www.google.com/patents/us6711293). The method consists of roughly of three points (please let me know if ...
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Defend patent infringement suit

Basic scenario: BigCorp applies for a patent for an overly broad software independent claim requiring the elements a+b+c+d+e+f The patent office rejects the application, back and forth, and BigCorp ...
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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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Patent Royalties / Ownership

I just discovered that my grandfather had established a US, CA, and GB patent for a pontoon floating bridge around 1930. My grandfather died at an early age around 1941 and the patent was left to the ...
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Patenting data representation on screen

Is it possible to patent the way folder structure is represented on the screen. In what sense it is patentable since it does not fit into any category but Apple and Microsoft have parts of their ...
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What happens if I use some trade secret invention and later someone independently patents it?

Suppose I invented some clever way to manufacture transistors and don't disclose it (keep it a trade secret). I start a company and start producing and selling transistors without telling the public ...
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Re Tactile metronome US 7268290 B2

Does this patent prevent another party from developing an electronic tactile metronome, or is it just protecting the particular configuration described? Thanks for any clarification
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Has this patent (US1620787) been used by anyone, including the British Government?

Obviously, this is a very old patent that predates most of the development we currently have as it pertains to aircraft design. In fact, it definitely predates the development of the British Harrier ...
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US6108955 A patent seems to be expired

After doing some more research. The patent us6108955a has expired. So if that is the case then I should be able to start my company using this system without fear of any legal recourse. Please tell ...
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us6108955 a black signs [duplicate]

I am looking to start a company that rents signs to businesses for advertising. I looked up the patent # us6108955 a and it said that the patent maintenance fee had not been paid. Does that meen it ...
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How does one know if a patent was reexamined?

Is there a public database that show whether a US patent was reexamined or challenged in any other way? If so where is it? Thanks
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Possible patent infringement when implementing a file viewer

I'm writing a piece software. As part of my application I intend to implement a custom file browser (a simple popup window, which allows you to search folders, files etc). My intention is to divide ...
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What claims related to adhesives are protected in this patent

There are 4 questions in this post: I'm a bit confused about the claims related to adhesives in this patent about "non-skid absorbent pad" no: US 7249570 B1 http://www.google.com/patents/US7249570 ...
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Are there any patent issues associated with making my own version of a protocol?

If researchers are prototyping a new type of network protocol, and I use their concepts to implement my own version (my way of doing it, 100% my code, different programming language, etc), are there ...
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Patent's Approval

If a patent is filed in country X for a technology that has been existent in country Y for a few years, can they be approved? If yes, say Company A from country X has secured the patent and Company B ...
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Does the GS1 MCS industry guideline use US patent 8228198?

In March, 2012, all of the UHF Gen2 RFID chip manufacturers agreed to support Multi-vendor Chip-based Serialization (MCS), a voluntary implementation of a GS1 guideline for encoding 96-bit Serialized ...
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Can I release a modified version of a patented product?

Assume there are some patents out there that seem to be fundamental and almost trivial. Can I patent and/or manufacture a product that builds on a patented product (I don't own the "basic" patent) ...