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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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Would a patent help? [migrated]

I am an undergrad engineering student yet to obtain a degree. I had developed a device which has been done before, but I devised my own method and algorithms to build it. Now, a very recognized ...
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Qestioning patentability [closed]

In reference to the patent: WO2015048255A1 Was this tape-type discharge electrode used in the US20120227588 A1 patent application, which was rejected? Proposed suspension cannot work because it does ...
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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 ...
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Patenting Engineered Proteins - Mutations

I was wondering how much engineering do we need in order to obtain a patent for US nowadays? For example, how many mutations? What topics in patent eligibility should we go into in finding this out? ...
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Invention's legal assignee no longer exists; can I patent?

If inventions or ideas were created while employed at a company that uses the "standard" policy of having all inventions created by an employee assigned to the company, the company has not patented ...
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Can this patent on fecal transplant be granted?

In reference to the patent: WO 2014/121298 A2 This is a treatment method in human medicine and thus a patent could not be granted - at least here in Sweden. Correct? The effects of bacterial ...
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Leitner system Patent

The leitner system has been invented in 1970 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leitner_system but Adaptively-spaced repetition which is the base of Leitner system has been registered in google patents in ...
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Can this be an actual patent?

In reference to the patent: US6546397 This patent appears overly broad. Basically, it is saying anyone who creates a website that utilizes a database and a backend interface is infringing. I can ...
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Employee inventions not yet patented by legal assignee; possible to patent?

If inventions or ideas were created while employed at a company that uses the "standard" policy of having all inventions created by an employee assigned to the company, and the company has not ...
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Cannot see the information about cut-off frequency? [closed]

In reference to the patent: US7312598 As title, only see the description about phase margin > 60 degree, but cannot see the cut-off frequency in Fig 3 & 4. May I ask where the location of 0dB ...
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Are reinventions patentable?

Suppose company A invented X, but kept it a trade secret. If then company B reinvents X, either using reverse engineering, or completely independently, can company B patent it, and if so, can company ...
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Why wouldn't they include the power of a working prototype?

In reference to the patent: US 2014/0276685 A1 In the description of patent is not quantified the power required for hair cutting. The discussion about the required wavelengths is meaningless without ...
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App idea i need to copyright or patent

What is the process i can take to either patent or copyright an idea for a smartphone app? How can I present my idea to a company like google or apple?
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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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Cost to draft and file patent application in the U.S.?

I'm a non-american individual who wants to apply for patent in USA. My invention is related to energy generation. How much will it cost? Why is working with a patent attorney so expensive? Will ...
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Is there a patent for an ostomy pouch

I'm interested in designing clothes with an ostomy pouch in them. But I need to know if the pouch is a patent.
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Can you patent something that does not have a patent but is in use?

Can you patent something that does not have a patent but is in use in non obvious way?
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Air dryer deflector plate.

I want to patent a simple metal plate that would redirect the air from an exhaust port of an air dryer. It would deflect the air from the ground to the sides. It has already been invented. But mine ...
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Can I patent something that is already sold in another country?

Can I get a US patent on something that is already created in Asia?
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Can I patent a product that has already failed?

I am looking to launch a product which has already existed in Australia but failed to make any money at the time. The product was created around 3 years ago but the company seems to have ceased ...
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Can someone explain to me exactly what part of this is patentable?

In reference to the patent: US 2013/0233002 A1 Can someone explain to me exactly what part of this is patentable?
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Facebook was discussing about this patent in other blog, how can we find out what they are looking for?

In reference to the patent: US20150033147 I see in other blog that Facebook and twitter inquired about this patent, how can we find out that how big company search for which / type of patent?
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How can pseudo-science be patentable?

In reference to the patent: WO 2008/097922 A3 How can a patent office/examiner accept such pseudo-scientific literature? There is no rational basis here, thus no “intellectual” property. It looks ...
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Can you patent an existing bacteria without any modifications?

In reference to the patent: US7244424
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Is it possible to obtain a patent on a technology I am already selling?

As part of software product I needed a software utility (library) that I could not find so I built it from scratch. I think it is unique and has some value and for sure I want to protect it. Since it ...
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Should I mention the right position for acquisition of images in my patent

For an application of machine vision which should I claim: ... a camera to capture images from the surface of Y... vs. ... a camera to capture images from the surface of Y, located under the ...
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Can a claim be rejected if it lacks a clause that Prior Art includes?

Prior Art: A system which detects X and makes an alarm Claim: A system which detects X
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Can I patent a time machine?

Can I make a request of patent for a time machine that has as principle the use of the gravity?
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Can I broaden a patent while it is tested to work with specific conditions and environment?

Suppose that I am going to file a patent about defect detection of a specific equipment based on machine vision (even its technology belongs to X company) I implemented the system and it works for ...
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