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What is the cost to challenge a patent? The issued patent is very broad

There is a recently issued patent US8371286 McCown that is so broad it includes grills, smokers, stoves and heaters. It takes the claims from US4169457 Christophel as its own. In fact the product is ...
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Applicability of the patent US20080258013

High altitude structure 100 includes but is not limited to any of a variety of materials which may be relatively lightweight, strong, and be capable of standing aloft in a variety of atmospheric, ...
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What aspects of a board game might be patentable?

I have invented a board game, and I'm investigating the route of patenting some parts of it. Are there any board games that are already patented? What parts or mechanics might be patentable? For ...
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Is an electric circuit patentable?

If I make an electric circuit for a specific purpose would it be patentable? The circuit is not complicated, it is simple for a very simple task. Thanks.
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How can one patent an algal strain based purely on morphology and growth rate?

The growth rate and morphology could naturally occur in the wild from mutations. How will the patent holder then dispute patent infringements? If I go out into the wild capture an animal and ...
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Is it really possible to patent neural networks?

In reference to the patent: US5933819 I think this is not patentable, but does need protection. Without knowing the details, applying a neural network algorithm to a problem is not even an idea, it ...
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What is the status of US20120049410?

Has the patent been issued? Has been approved for manufacturing? In reference to the patent: US20120049410
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Sweeping claims, patentability

I have an invention let's say a tea pot. I saw a patent with sweeping claims about tea pots. This specific patent is a tea pot that needs a lid to boil and I came up with a tea pot that doesn't need ...
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Questionable merit

In reference to the patent: WO2013106750A1 The main idea in this patent application is based on the work of Santosa "A level-set approach for inverse problems involving obstacles", published in ...
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how many times this patent has been cited until now?

In reference to the patent: US2708656
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Patenting a game idea in India

I am having an idea related with a game, and I'd like to get it patented. I am a resident from India. If I patent this gaming idea in my country, would it be valid in an international level, so that ...
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Does patenting a smartphone app protect you?

If you have an idea for a smartphone app, how does a patent protect you from others writing the same or similar smartphone app? And when does a patent fall short of protecting your idea?
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US 6067803 A is this patent valid in India?

I would like to know untill when is this patent is valid? Is this patent applicable to India?
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Delay in the approval process

In reference to the patent: US20060122850 What is holding up the approval and issuance of this patent?
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when does this patent US8534950 expire? [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US8534950
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Is this a patent on “search” or “autofill”

In reference to the patent: US7500201 Do these guys assert a patent on the concept of auto-fill? As in even the box under this form that says: "tags". Type in patent... and there's a dropdown that ...
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Filing in foreign office before domestic one, will the patent be rejected?

I know that some countries have security concern, and patent must be filed at domestic office to check for security before filing at foreign office. The question is, what if I filed at foreign office ...
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Can you patent software that uses opencv (the free part)?

I am building software for my startup that uses some components of the free part of opencv. I think the startup is based on a unique idea, so I would like to protect the process of realizing this idea ...
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How does patenting regarding Bluetooth technology work?

First of all, thanks for your time! Bluetooth technology basically uses a short radio to wireless connect two devices. I was wondering if it is possible to patent the use of Bluetooth technology ...
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What is the cost of patenting from country x to other countries?

Is it possible to patent across geographical locations, even if I am not physically in all the locations?
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How do I know if I infringe a patent?

I am developing a 3D modeling application. How can I know what is considered as part of the sketchup patent? The extrude tool is obviously common to all 3D modeling softwares, that makes me think ...
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Patenting an existing product in China

I have contacted a manufacturer in China who produced this item. I have searched on Google patents and there aren't any patent on it. On Amazon nobody is selling this item. Can I patent this item so ...
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Can aesthetic features be patented as utility invention?

In order to be patented, an invention need to be useful. Can aesthetic features be considered useful (helps selling the product)? For example, you have a door with a whole new mechanism that when you ...
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Exploitation rights vs scientific value

I'm an engineer and I work for an IT company that wants to patent an invention of mine, an electronic device with a certain communication protocol. We consulted a patent lawyer who said that the thing ...
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Patent term adjustment database

Is there any database for patent term adjustment by USPTO? I was wondering if there is any patent term adjustment database. Is private pair allows bulk download of such data?
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What copyright or patent infringements could I step into by remaking an old game?

There is a very old game from Westwood Studios currently owned by Electronic Arts I'd like to remake, but I don't know if I can turn it into a business due to the related copyrights and possible ...
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Which all country does this patent cover? can i design around it?

In reference to the patent: US20130223070
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two provisional application on same invention two different dates

filed a provisional on an idea made of aluminum, weeks later realized i could make this in several different ways if made of plastic as well. Do i file another provisional with all the variation, ...
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Can I patent my app idea before actually building it?

I completed specification work for a new app. Can I protect my idea or concept of the app before I actually go build the app? Can I get patent on my specification or theory before building the real ...
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Filing new patent after leaving the company

I left the company one year ago. However, while working there I developed an Idea which seems patentable. I did not submitted that while working in that company. Now I have moved to other company and ...
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I invented the one-man a capella multitrack video format that is very popular now - can I patent it?

I invented and published it back in 2002. There's plenty of proof. I'm wondering 1. if it's a good idea just to keep someone else from patenting my invention, 2. if it's even worth trying (what would ...
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How to get a patent on a design that already has a patent

I have and invented design improvement on a product that already has a patent on the product. Can I obtain my own patent for the new design on that product?
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combine 2 patents and package as my own?

Company A has a type of dispenser I want to use. Company B makes a product that is not dispensed via Company A's dispenser. I would like it to be. Is there any way for me combine these and make any ...
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Can drawings alone act as prior-art for a new invention filed?

Can a drawing by itself count as prior art, or is a text description of the drawing needed as well? For example, fig.9 of US3110626 was used against EP0030192 T204/83. Was this finding appropriate?
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Do I need to prove a theorem used in my patent?

Lets say, for example, my patent requires computing all elementary cycles in a graph. It happens to be known that all such cycles can be computed from a cycle basis. Keep in mind I am not trying to ...
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Can bacteria be patented?

In reference to the patent: WO2013050792A1 How can bacteria be patented? It is not an "invention" whatsoever.
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Can I patent a genetically modified animal before creating the one?

I have an idea of a genetically modified animal whose artificial features will solve certain practical problem. The combination of features is far from trivial. Can I patent (in UK, EU, US and the ...
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Good patent books for startups and inventors?

Does anyone have a suggestion for good books or other resources on patents for startups and inventors? It seems like most things are “do it yourself” guides or texts for attorneys that don’t have the ...
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What constitutes prior art in relation to this application?

In reference to the patent: CA2907779A1 I know for a fact that prototypes of the subject of this patent application were marketed to crop growers in California & Texas (as finished product), as ...
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A cure for a disease. What next?

I have invented a medicine for a very popular skin disease. After some googling I learned that there is not a known cure. This medicine is made from extraction of a chemical change of a certain ...
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How to check whether the invention is already patented

Suppose i have invented something useful. before applying for a patent is there any way which will help me in identifying whether the invention is already patented or not.
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What are the requirements for patenting an invention in india

What are the list of requirements to be fulfilled before filing patent in india.
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Preparing to file a patent application

This is a multiple part question. Besides patenting what steps should one take to protect an idea? Besides pictures, and documents with dates. If the idea of a product is what makes it new, does ...
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Non-technical description for software patency?

What is a good example of a brief description on software patency? Essentially, I'd like a way to communicate what may be patentable and what may not be. I get asked a lot about software patency and ...
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Is it available?

In reference to the patent: US5771607 Hello, I would want to know the legal status of this patent?
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Reviving a product, with a patent, that has not be produced in over 40 years?

How could one revive a product with a patent that has not been created in over 40 years? The company that has the patent does not and has not made the product in over 40 years, and I would like to ...
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Pseudoscience and bad medicine

So, one can patent snake-oil treatments now? "Neurocutaneous syndrome" as Amin uses the term is not recognized as a real condition by any medical or scientific authority. He is the only person on ...
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Can I share my patent with my professor?

I'm working on an invention, and currently stuck on a problem, I know the solution to, but don't know how to build it, and I'm asking a professor at my university for help. If he helped me, does he ...
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If I modify an existing product in a way that broadens its use, can I patent the whole thing or just my modification?

For example, if I take an existing pet training device and make modifications that allow it to be used in a new way (but also for pet training), can I patent the entire device, or just my ...