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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?
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Patentability of language improvement

Is it possible to patent an improvement of a Programming language ( new method to write it) in order to sell the improvement to Microsoft or others. Thanks.
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modifying an existing patent product

I have a question about a product that is already out on the market made by POST IT brand. My idea is essentially using the same product but changing the package design and the purpose for which it ...
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Why is this patent allowed? (US8240362)

This is the most broad description of a patent that I have ever seen, and for a liquid cooling block at that. Patenting a cooling block "with an integrated pump" is the most mind boggling thing out ...
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Legal risk on granted patents

If a patent is granted, what risk does the inventor (call them 'Inventor A') have that a large firm with a patent in a related area files suit saying that the patent office granted the patent to ...
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Is this patent still active

It says filing date 1999 but publication date 2004 Publication number US6706023 B1 Publication type Grant Application number US 09/454,138 Publication date Mar 16, 2004 Filing date Dec 3, ...
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New invention covered by claim of other invention

Suppose a patent application is filed, claiming a method+device that solves some problem. In the patent text it is written that the method can solve A & B, but it explicitly mentions that it ...
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Don't these wheels and hubcaps already exist?

Don't these already exist from the 1980's, if not before then? If I do a simple image Google search for "turbofan wheels" I get examples of wheels and hubcaps that show that these have existed for a ...
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How to get a patent?

AFAIK, The disclosed things in application must be: 1/ New 2/ Non obvious for those in the art But then I read about enablement, so: 3/ Enablement so those in the art can make the same thing Is ...
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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

I am about launching a mobile application soonest (in 5 days time) but I am really scared about others using the idea behind the whole system because the few people I have spoken to about investing in ...
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Can I patent a communication protocol?

Is it possible to patent a communication protocol, like HTTP or IMAP or SMTP, etc..? How about a sequence of REST APIs? If not, is there anyway to prevent others developing clone applications that ...
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Patenting something yet in use by the applicant

If I allready use a piece of software in my company to provide as a consultant service data computed with this application (selling the application results, not the application itself) then is it ...
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Patentablity of Simplex noise

Simplex noise is patented in US6867776 B2 but it was published in Mar 15, 2005 before Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International in 2014 where the US Supreme Court said that merely saying apply it with a ...
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Pivotting Mandrel Stolle Machinery Old in a new coat, Patent WO 2011156052 A1

How come such a patent was already used under the Coors design and that the formalisation is taking that long, applied for in 2011 and no decision yet while two years would be a more than reasonable ...
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Hover board patent way too vague

The patent on the hoverboard is far too broad and should not be approved. I have 2 videos on YouTube demonstrating how a supermagnet will bounce off of a conductive surface. ...
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What are the possible reasons for this application [ Application number US 13/653,469 ] to be rejected under US Patent Laws?

Publication number US20130128027 A1 Publication type Application Application number US 13/653,469 Publication date May 23, 2013 Filing date Oct 17, 2012 Priority date Nov 18, ...
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How can you patent hypothetical inventions?

This patent tries to encompass all possibilities, making it impossible for others to make a reusable cup compatible with pod-style beverage brewers, but in doing so it attempts to patent items that do ...
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Re-file a Patent deemed Abandoned?

Can you re-file a patent for an idea that has a status of "Abandoned -- Failure to Respond to an Office Action"? Can you do this even if you didn't originally file the patent?
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Inventor Improves own Patent issued 6 months ago

The inventor is improving his or her own patent within one year, so previous work would not be considered prior art, and the inventor uses a traditional format in claims for a new patent, reciting ...
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Inventors Improvement Patent of his own Issued Patent

Inventor wants to file improvement patent on his own patent; there are newly discovered structural components and can justify their novelty. Inventor has been warned about Jepson claims, but in this ...
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Can someone patent my invention before me?

Five weeks ago, I disclosed my invention to a multi-national corporation (let's call it Company A) without any kind of NDA (they don't accept NDAs) in a conference call and email. I am worried that ...
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Why an old material can certified as a patent?

Many companies such as Climator "http://www.climator.com/files/products/climsel-c58.pdf" resolve the supper cooling, conductivity, separation and other problems of sodium acetate trihydrate within ...
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I wonder if this can be patentable? Publication number WO2014108856 A1

This is regarding the patentability of the publication WO2014108856 A1 on pichia pastoris fermentation process. This can be considered for journal publication yet requires more experiments.Having ...
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Does Alice Corp v.s. CLS Bank really change anything?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Corp._v._CLS_Bank_International Does Alice Corp v.s. CLS Bank really change anything about software patents? looks like it was just a cancellation of a patent that ...
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Can an examiner determine an invention is useful, even if they cannot determine whether it really works?

In some patent applications, it is not clear whether the disclosed system produces a satisfactory, working, result. Or, the results can be very poor in quality terms (think software). Can an examiner ...
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Referencing your own provisional application in your real application

Seeking priority date by referring to your own provisional application, is it okay if your provisional has more "ingredients" included in the description of the invention, and you choose in your real ...
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Am I eligible for a patent?

I've been working for a company for a year now. About 2 months ago, I had an idea for creating a manifold. My idea has saved the company thousands of dollars in manpower, resources, and time. I was ...
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How is it decided whether an improvement or new use is good enough?

I'm planning to attempt patent for a software product that performs a very large range of operations, and there is nothing like it out there. However, I'm sure that out of the giant sea of patents on ...
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Similar Patents, Sweeping Claims

I have an Idea/Potential Patent, but someone else has a similar patent out. Our inventions are substantially different in design. One of their claims is very very general and seems to exclude an ...
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Website Workflow and Service Patents

I am in the process of creating a website, that provides a service that is more generic than another "similar" website. The website only provides a service for a particular service, where my website ...
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Laser-Cut Piano Roll patent

The process of using a laser to create piano rolls was being discussed in April of 2003 in Mechanical Music Digest (MMD), when Mr. Gerety appeared for the first time in this discussion and announced ...
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Will “Commissioned work” apply for my “not related to work” idea?

I made some ideas when I was working as a contract employee. At that time I have sent those ideas to R&D persons. They didn't make reply after that. Now my contract was over and I came out of the ...
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When will patent be approved, if it's going to be?

Once the application is posted how long will it be before we find out if we have the patent? If there are similar patents but no documentation of testing to prove it works will we be approved, as far ...
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how to check the priority date of the patent?

IF I need to invalidate the patent that is CIP.Taking priority from CIP->CIP->DP->CP->Parent.
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How to check the Novality in the Patent?

When I read Patent, I don't get novality of that specially with CIP, CP applications. Is it by checking Backward Citations and compare with present claims?
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Patent language change help

i m an engineering student, As per academic i m doing project on spin flash dryer but as per rule i have to upload 5 patents related to that topic but in free patents Google the patent is in Chinese ...
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How specialized is a PHOSITA?

From the point of view of patentability, how specialized is “the art” of the “person having ordinary skill in the art” (PHOSITA)? For example, if I attempt to patent a widget that connects between ...
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what is patent 4005174 reduce chloride from Zinc Sulfate

I've read about removing chlorine from zinc sulfate solution on an industrial scale This method has been implemented on an industrial scale? Where? What is the amount of copper lost on an industrial ...
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Patent wo2011137930a1 : most claims seem not innovative

I looked at this patent and it seems (to me) most claims are too vague and that prior art apply for a lot of them. Having a microphone in a stethoscope, sound capturing device or alike in not new, ...
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Use of patents expired do not non payment

I saw a similar question, but wanted a more detailed answer re: Patent Expired Due to NonPayment of Maintenance Fees Under 37 CFR 1.362 I was about to file a patent when I saw a very similar idea ...
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This infers to the US 6924742 B2 patent [duplicate]

I have some design ideas that I want to bring to life that could potentially save lives. Just like the child seat mats, I want to create a pair one for the parent and the other for the car seat, so ...
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Makerbot patents Automated 3D build processes. Are they patents?

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8226395.html http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8282380.html http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8287794.html These patents are now owned by Stratasys. This image is from ...
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Is a wrong summary of the invention relevant?

A US patent issued having a "summary of invention" NOT covering the claims (e.g. describing different materials). Is it valid?
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Query regarding filing patent for ideas developed while with former employer

I resigned from an Australian employer (Company-X) sometime back. During the course of my employment, I developed and partly implemented some ideas as a software application. I was the sole inventor ...