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Patent expire limit

In reference to the patent: US7841131 Is this a design patent? Wouldn't it be expired as the 14 year limit is up?
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Is traditional plant material improvement sufficiently descriptive to be considered full disclosure

Patent WO2008110876 A1 discloses a method to enhance the oil production capability of tobacco seeds by means of either mutagenising (chemically inducing mutations) or hybridising existing varieties of ...
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i get patent for an idea means any disadvantage is there [closed]

what is the difference between getting patent for idea and laboratory tested and prototype?
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File provisional patent application in India before getting published in a Journal

I want to patent an algorithm in India. I have done enough prior art and I am sure that no such algorithm exists till date. The problem is I have also written a research paper for the same and ...
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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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Can a method of pedagogy be patented?

I'm creating a book about how to teach to children. Can I patent the method described in my book?
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is possible to get a patent for a new Web Browser 'Button'?

is possible to get a patent for a new Web Browser 'Button'? I dont have knowledge about patents and i don't know if this new thing really fits to this thread. Basically i was thinking for example ...
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'Technical effects' of software patents for eligibility

For patent eligibility of software patents in many countries including EU there is a requirement of 'technical effects' on the hardware device. These 'technical effects' are technological advances or ...
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Is this patent on the process or on the machinery?

In reference to the patent: US8820666
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The patent claim one benefit of purification and then try to over reach. Nothing new

In reference to the patent: US20140093916 What is new about it? it is just the same as other protein based affinity purification.
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Who owns the rights to plastic spoons now? (US D234017 S)

In reference to the patent: USD234017 Who owns the rights to plastic spoons now? Their patent was only to last 14 years
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What is considered a patent? [duplicate]

I have an idea for a mechanical over Unity that uses magnets with different Tesla values to keep and add energy into a perpetual system. I don't have the money for a patent because I'm poor and on ...
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Delay of publication before patent filing

I have a question about the delay of publication for patent filing. Hope someone could help to clarify my doubts. I am trying to publish a journal containing results that are derived from the use of ...
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Not Novel and Obvious

In reference to the patent: WO2014165349A1 How is this patentable? Where is the inventive step? This reminds me of Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Genetics.
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original patent [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US552096 I have the original patent three of them for Mr. John j. Burnshire back in the 1800's for a vehicle and baling press. Are they of any value to anyone
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Is it advisable to patent an open source project?

One year ago, I started an open source project, which is most popular in these days. This project is mostly used by my area's developers. I am expecting great future of this project. Is it advisable ...
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I need to find out about keeping my sketch secured

Good day, listen I emailed my sketch to a protype company after signing an agreement, is that binding and can I mail a picture of my sketch to myself and keep it sealed in case someone wants to patent ...
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Do i need a patent after publicly releasing my product?

I have been working on a product for many years now by myself. I know that a Patent is to protect someone else stealing your ideas. But if I publicly release my product do I still need a Patent, or is ...
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Why is there no requirement that a foreign entity manufactures / licenses and / or offer to sell in a territory?

Just wondering why there is no requirement for foreign entities seeking to patent an idea / technology in a territory be obliged to manufacture, license and / or offer to sell a product based on the ...
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Why Large number of claims and figures are allowed and its Benefits?

In reference to the patent: US20120227389 How is it possible to apply and expect a grant with 353 claims and 545 figures? Why They are allowed? What are benefits? This person has granted patents ...
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incorrect information in patent [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: WO2009094726A1 the patent claims that: "Finally the ScCDUP gene was amplified with the primers SEQ ID NO: 91 and SEQ ID NO: 92 from the plasmid pHHT-CDUP-ΔPF1 1_0037 ...
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US8550406 - How can you patent something that exists?

How can someone patent something they didn't invent? Magnetic shielding is a science fiction mainstay. Even I have included this device in short stories written decades before this patent, and I ...
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Expiration of patent 5,580,417 as well as technology used in tensioning cap in Figure 5

My first question has to do with patent #5,580,417. I believe this patent is expired, but are there any other patents in force using the same technology? My second question is in regards to the ...
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Jurisdiction of a US patent?

Just read Top 10 (US) Patents for 2014 and spotted one that essentially covers a business process that's only really applicable outside of the US: Bank of America’s the Foreign Currency Solution (U.S. ...
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Planet Labs Satellite Constellation Patent

This is the patent that Planet Labs, Inc. holds for a constellation of satellites: US20140027576 It only contains a single independent claim: A system for use in spatial imaging of planetary ...
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What is the invention?

In reference to the patent: CA2726258A1 It looks like this patent application was actually a report done on a study about the efficacy of using THC and CBD on Cancer cell. The results are certainly ...
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Software Patents after Alice decision

There are a lot of discussions about Software Patents in the Post-Alice environment. People suggested that it introduces great uncertainty in what could be claimed, if anything. I found a USPTO ...
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Macroscopic vs Microscopic patent

As many I had and idea and I would like to patent it. However I found that a previous patent with design nearly identical to mine already exists. Of course I immediately thought about giving up, if ...
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Possible to file for a patent, despite super broad, expired patent already existing?

I was looking to patent an invention I feel to have novelty, but I came across this one pre-existing US patent while doing some research. It was filed over 20 years ago and has since "lapsed". ...
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Patent with claims violating Conservation of Energy

In reference to the patent: US20140183937 There's a thread discussing the claims of this patent on Experts Exchange http://www.experts-exchange.com/Other/Math_Science/Q_28621494.html Since the ...
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Can I buy this patent? it looks like it has expired due to not paying the fees?

In reference to the patent: US4364234 Do I require to get license of patent even after expiry of patent?
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Patenting something that uses components already patented

I would like to patent a new device that solves a new problem, which uses some components which are already patented. Can I file that patent? In the case I licence it, do I need to arrive to an ...
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How is this inventive over Zagon application?

In reference to the patent: US20100273821 The pharmacological effects on each of the opioid receptors is different and the potency of available opioid agents at each of these receptors and indeed ...
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Prototype for patenting

Do I need to build a prototype for patenting something in Europe? I know that in USA you don't need it, but would like to know what is the case in Europe. Thanks!
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is this patent 4869011 still active and if so if I modify the idea does it infringe on the patent? [duplicate]

I would like to create a similar product but modified. Would that infringe on this patent? Is this patent still active an how do I go about contacting the person to use their patent even if I'm ...
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Patent of specific financial structure

Can I patent a kind of financial structure? In particular I would like to patent a kind of ETF (exchange traded fund) with certain specific characteristics in terms of the structure. As many of you ...
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What is difference between PCT and EP and can they be disputed?

I need to know what these are exactly and if they are enforceable. Is there a way to know if the PCT has an expire date or how many times it's been filed and published? Or how to know if anyone has ...
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Is there any website to cross verify?

I have a concept and I would like to patent it. So is there any website available to cross verify that my concept is not in violation with already patented concept? Any other sources will also be ...
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The patent WO2013041665A1 is a copy of public knowledge

In reference to the patent: WO2013041665A1 The patent WO2013041665A1 is a copy of the multiplication method: Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI). No presents innovation, this multiplication system ...
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When someone writes about an invention in a story that is actually a 'workable' idea or it can be developed as such

What if someone has a 'workable' idea for an invention that could be developed into a real 'device' or process that solves some important problems or an idea that can be marketed ; and one actually ...
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Aren't Recycled bottle candles in the public domain?

In reference to the patent: US20140234791 People have been making candles from recycled bottles for years. Is putting a lid on the candle really different enough to warrant a patent?
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What is the difference between Patent agent and Patent lawyer?

I understand that agent doesn't have a law degree, but can she represent the inventor? I am writing my patent application by myself but want a professional to look it over and make corrections, ...
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If I work for a company and present an Idea and they reject it, can I go on my own and patent that idea?

I had an idea for a product a couple years ago and I worked on the product at home then I presented it to my employer. They were not really interested, I have now made some modifications and have a ...
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Can mobile app concepts get a patent or copyright?

Alright, with more than 1.2 million apps on the app store, it's become increasingly difficult to find new app ideas that don't already exist. My question is; can simple app concepts that aren't ...
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Do pre-sales also start the clock on the one year grace period?

Are pre-sales like crowd funding considered an actual sale which would start the clock on the one year grace period? Specifically I'm thinking about crowd funding websites like kickstarter.com ...
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Is patent US 3099865 A expired? [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US3099865 Is this patent expired?
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Patentability vs enablement

The patentability requirements are mostly novel, non obvious, and useful, which doesn't say enablement, i.e. anything that novel, non obvious, and useful can be patented. But to get the patent it ...
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Patent in two different countries; two patents or one?

One patent I have as inventor my institution got first at the European level, and later at the USA level; can I then say that I have two patents or just one?
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Can you patent an idea involving software & hardware?

My idea consists of a particular 'architecture' involving: few Open Source software technologies some code written by myself WordPress API TV screen and a PlayStation controller Is an idea such as ...
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There is liquid formula that is patent pending on the market. Can i also get a patent for a similar formula?

There is liquid formula that is patent pending on the market but I have also developed a formula which works the same way but has totally different ingredients. Am I still eligible for a patent?