For questions relating to the USPTO rules related to prior art or what constitute prior art. For REQUESTS FOR PRIOR ART please use the [prior-art-request] tag.

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Walter G Macomber [duplicate]

I have found an origional patent with Walter G Macomber as the inventor and Sully Russo as the witness. On the bottom of the drawings hand written in pencil says keep for sample. On the drawing there ...
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Interesting attempt to patent prior art practices

All of these practices are in the public domain and have been there for a very long time. Most of these practices are documented in books and website found all over the internet. They are not ...
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Is this prior art or not? When a CCA-NC license precedes?

In reference to the patent: US20140120196 Isn't is called prior art when a design presented under Creative Commons - Attribution - Non-Commercial license is patented? Even the youtube video of ...
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Using You Tube Video Be used prior patent art? [duplicate]

45 down vote favorite 4 I'm trying to determine whether there is evidence that definitively confirms that a YouTube video can be submitted as prior art. If there is an example of one being used as ...
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Artificial Pollination of Adenium

The method of artificial pollination of Adenium has been popular in Taiwan for a long time, and there are other similar artificial pollination methods. How can I bring my concerns to the attention of ...
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USB 0.0 - prior art is not referenced. why?

In reference to the patent: US4772990 In addition to this patent, I claim to also be the original designer of the USB port. I am writing to request guidance on who to contact to have this prior art ...
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a violation of prior art, specifically US8108187

In reference to the patent: WO2014165489A1 I wonder if this application would violate US8108187 "Method and system for surface analysis and envelope generation", which focuses on digital ...
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Is there a website for sharing patent analysis together with prior art claim charts for fending off trolls?

A lot of work goes into constructing claim charts, analyzing patents, but this is done all over again in each patent litigation case. It would be great to share patent analysis data to bring down ...
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filing a new provisional patent from a similar 70 year old provisional patent

Can a new provisinal utility patent app. be made from a similar 75 year old Utility Patent.
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Public Knowledge and prior art

In reference to the patent: US20130001957 Prior art public knowledge press release and installed July 2010. The drawings in this patent appear in the BENT Glass installation from 2010 of which T. ...
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Can GitHub code be considered prior art? What if its in a private repository?

I may file a patent in the future that relates to a user interface on smartphones. In the meant time, I am building the algorithm stored in a GitHub repository. My question is: Can I use this GitHub ...
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Microsoft Modular Computing Device - Prior Art Request

Microsoft has submitted an application for a patent to the blatantly obvious idea of designing a computer that consists of independently upgradeable modules - an idea as old as the IBM PC itself only ...
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Legal ramifications of including research algorithms in software products sold to clients

If I am a UK-based software vendor or 'software as a service' company, what are the legal implications of including academic research algorithms in products sold to European and international clients? ...
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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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Prior art after patent granted

Can you submit a claim for prior art after a patent is issued or can prior art be used to protect a business against patent infringement ?
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modified hand cuff parts

In reference to the patent: US20040261471 It seems this patent includes a modified handcuff from the original handcuff design (more teeth, etc)...is it possible to modify the original handcuff itself ...
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How can I contact the examiner of an application about potential prior art?

In reference to the patent: US 2014/0272639 A1 I have in the past (2010) filed and had patent application PCT/CA2009/001540 approved, which is a device which makes carbon from carbon dioxide for the ...
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Can a product that is 6 years old be patented?

I am starting up a furniture company. I was working at another furniture company, but they are going out of business. None of their models had patents on them. The newest model has been being sold ...
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Can someone explain the term “commonly owned”?

As seen in a patent application, can someone please explain to a layperson what this term means? "All claims of the present invention application are commonly owned." I am having a heck of a time ...
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Prior Art on YouTube

I work for a man who has invented an "improvement" to a skateboard. He put a video on YouTube a little over a year ago, but in the video all he does is ride the skateboard as part of an "art film" ...
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Patenting an added ingredient as an improvement

Someone has an expired patent on a mixture that makes an oil painting medium. I will not use real names, but here are the ingredients of it Painting oil + Stone dust (gives medium a certain quality ...
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Prior art for the same exists

In reference to the patent: US20130321393 Please note Prior Art - http://www.google.com/patents/US8705110
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Register prior art, but not wanting a patent

I'm releasing some source code as open source which includes a new, highly effective and efficient method of automatically classifying graphical data (image, video frames etc) as either pornography or ...
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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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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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This inventor was aware of prior art

In reference to the patent: US20150047576 This "inventor" filed an a patent application after being notified of an near exact product already on market and in many publications. We have used a ...
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Urgent - My Patent Application received a Non-Final Rejection, Advice?

I have written a computer program which combines two patented ideas, but provides a new and much needed function, and service for that matter. Hence the big money corps stand to make from the use of ...
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Ethical problems with application

In reference to the patent: WO 2010/056908 A1 Have the researchers and applicants at Rutgers considered the problems raised in this article? This is not a discovery, but an appropriation.
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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 the CoHOG algorithm patented?

I would like to know if the Co-occurrence Histograms of Oriented Gradients (CoHOG) algorithm is patented. A paper on it was published in 2009, and there seems to be a related patent application (US ...
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Prior publication ignored

In reference to the patent: US 6,981,040 B1 The specification of this patent seems to follow: Gio Wiederhold, "Customer Models for Effective Presentation of Information"; Position Paper, Flanagan, ...
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I had invented and published before this patent application - How do I get it invalidated?

In reference to the patent: PCT/GB2014/051152 WO 2014/170646 A1 granted and pending patents: GB1307148.5, GB1500104.3 and GB1500105.0 to What3Words Limited: Here is the screenshot from the video I ...
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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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Canceled claims considered prior art?

If the application for US 7,156,537 B2 was rejected on two occasions during examination and two claims were canceled from the patent, then why is the figure associated with the canceled claims still ...
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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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Get the same patent in multiple countries

Say I am an inventor and want to maximize the protection of my invention, so I want to patent the same thing (invention) in as many countries as possible (or at least in the biggest markets like US, ...
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Patent conflict for artificial beehive

There is a patent pending application for an artificial beehive (US 2014/0370781 A1). However, there is a very similar patent from 1939 (US 2,223,561 A). Is the newer application patentable?
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Can I use an invention that has not been granted a patent?

What I'm trying to do is to use a technology or "invention" for my own invention. In other words I want to use that technology for my own purpose and invention to get completely different results. ...
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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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This patent is very similar to a Tunisian patent TN2010/0509 deposed the 04/11/2010 in Tunisia

In reference to the patent: WO 2013/160573 A1 Why has the examiner has not indicated the Tunisian patent TN2010/0509 as a reference like the others?
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Patenting an invention yet in production

Suppose that I sell a service and that I haven't disclosed anything about the method/software that I use to produce the service deliverables. It happens that the service has a good commercial success ...
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Patent is illegal, open sourced decades ago

In reference to the patent: US 2015/0042260 This patent is illegal. Intellectual properties belong to HECTOR PEREZ TORRES, ARKRESEARCH, PR. It has been open sourced since at least 1999. The ...
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What is considered applicable prior art?

I contacted an invention development company about a general idea for a new product. Shortly afterward through a simple Google search I found a product very similar to my idea being sold on internet. ...
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Prior Art, an older Provisional Application and a new Patent Application (US 2014/0091685)

In reference to the patent: US 2014/0091685. I have a provisional application with the USPTO from 1994 for this invention which has been to market already. How is it that my initial invention has ...
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Patent specification

In reference to the patent: US 2,738,257 Has the patent been granted for the complete method or for the compound mixture?
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Can a design patent be issued based on an existing product?

Does Prior Art apply to Design Patents, and can they be invalidated based on Prior Art? Specifically, if a product has been on the market for twenty years without modification, can an unrelated ...
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Recording a phone conversation about patentable things

On one hand, I want to conversate about useful fresh future ideas with people that have the power to patent those pleasant premises. On the other hand, given the messed-up weirdness of IP law, I want ...
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Prior Art from 2002 for XML to XSD generation?

In reference to the patent: US20110320926 I worked on a project that became an Apache (open source) project. The functionality and methods described in this patent existed in the Apache XMLBeans ...
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How to submit prior art to contest application?

EP 2384964 A1 claims to be the foundation of split boards dating back to the early 1990's. Manufactures of Snowboards have been making woodcores with center plastic, bamboo and other impermeable ...
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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 ...