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Interactive Map - Is Apple trying to patent 40-year-old GIS methods? - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Apple recently filed for an "Interactive Map" patent that in every way resembles a collection of technologies and methods known as "Geographic Information Systems" (GIS). 10 minutes of your time can ...
0
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1answer
55 views

US20140108489 A1 “Flowlet-based processing” - Quite like my own lab's work

http://www.google.com/patents/US20140108489 I work on a system that closely resembles the invention described in the above application. It in fact shares a common intellectual lineage, dating back ...
2
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2answers
188 views

BITCOIN and CRYPTOCURRENCY Mining prior art requested for US2014/0019693 help opensource

This application is claiming everything that is involved in Bitcoin mining or any other cryptocurrency mining using Asic chips where the block chain is segmented and hashed by multiple parallel hash ...
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13answers
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Prior art for US patent application 20140196008 'IMMUTABLE OBJECT TYPES'

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2014/0196008.html At least some embodiments described herein relate to a language extension that advances safety in system programming. In accordance with the ...
2
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7answers
420 views

Image Registration - Identifying objects in images (Sony) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Recognizing objects in images - This application from Sony seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying objects through image process and registering content information about ...
1
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1answer
330 views

Electronic Commerce - Monitoring Brand Preference - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. Some of the grounds for rejection (can be ...
12
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2answers
2k views

ONLINE ESCORT SERVICE Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. Thanks to the YOU, the Ask Patents ...
3
votes
3answers
389 views

Media Streaming - Media Streaming through a Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON streaming media through a session initiation protocol - This application from Intellectual Ventures seeks to patent the idea of...Sending a first session initiation protocol ...
2
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2answers
219 views

Locating Picture hotspots - Determining nearby picture hotspots (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON finding the nearby picture hotspots based on location data and user data - This application from Intellectual Ventures seeks to patent the idea of...Transmit location data and ...
1
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3answers
213 views

DNA Analytics in the Cloud - Cloud computing environment for biological data (Illumina) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DNA Analytics in the cloud - This application from Illumina seeks to patent the idea of...DNA analysis done by a server which is remote to the DNA sequencer! 10 minutes of your ...
0
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1answer
96 views

Is Robocasting Development in Ceramic Multimaterial Deposition Prior Art? US20100327479 A1

Is the following document "Robocasting Development in Robocasting of Ceramic Multimaterial Deposition" Prior Art? As it seems to cover the same points as patent US20100327479 A1 but was published ...
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7answers
218 views

LOCATION-SENSITIVE SECURITY LEVELS (Apple) - 20140187200 - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MOBILE COMPUTING - This application from Apple seeks to patent location-based security. 10 minutes of your time can help narrow this US patent application before it becomes a patent. ...
3
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2answers
560 views

INDICATING LOCATION STATUS Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MOBILE SEARCH - This application from Google seeks to patent a system for finding open stores which are located near a user at the time of a search! 10 minutes of your time can narrow US ...
1
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6answers
314 views

Machine Learning - Detecting similar documents using entity extraction (Nhn) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Methods of detecting similar documents - This application from Nhn seeks to patent the idea of...Extracting an entity from two or more web documents, calculating weights based ...
0
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0answers
92 views

Prior art request for US20130070099

This application seems to have 2008 prior art: http://www.eissq.com/BallandPlate/appendix/dial_reader.html
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4answers
234 views

Prior Art Request for US 20140038722 A1 “Universal virtual entity transformation”

https://www.google.com/patents/US20140038722 A method of transforming a virtual entity from a first game to be useable in a second game comprising the steps of: a. Obtaining a set of ...
0
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0answers
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us20130080485 how is this in fact different to what VFS under Linux, BSD and Unix do

http://www.win.tue.nl/~aeb/linux/lk/lk-8.html "File DirectoryEntry", "a Stream Extension DirectoryEntry" and "File DirectoryEntry". This patent appears to be basically 8.7 Dentries and its matching ...
1
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1answer
103 views

Vehicle power systems - prior art request

Could the community help by supplying a relevant manual for a vehicle power system? Any vehicle, could be any make or model of car. It should show the power supply available to the accessories, such ...
49
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9answers
38k views

Scaling based on pixel density (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a final rejection by the US Patent Office. The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! The main reference cited by the ...
5
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10answers
667 views

Audio Encoding - Audio Hyperlinks (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

A PATENT APPLICATION ON embedding hyperlinks into audio signals - This application from Apple seeks to patent the idea of...putting hypertextual information into sound streams. 10 minutes of your time ...
0
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1answer
76 views

Authorization Information transmission - Transmission of authorization information (IV) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON utilizing a mobile station for the transmission of authorization information in a telecommunication network - This application from IV seeks to patent the idea of...A ...
2
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2answers
199 views

Run-level video encoding - Copied from Open Source Logs (Tandberg) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON run-level encoding for video - This application from Cisco seeks to patent work that was previously published as open-source software! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US ...
1
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2answers
212 views

Digital Travel Record (American Express) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Publication Number: US20120254261 The claims made by American Express Travel Services in Patent Application us20120254261 are so generic that most of them are already widely implemented by a large ...
0
votes
1answer
124 views

Transcoding and Adaptive Failover (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Title: Scalable, live transcoding with support for adaptive streaming and failover Assignee: Google Publication Number: US20130272374 Search for Prior art using: Google Prior Art Finder It seems ...
1
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2answers
218 views

Social Networking - Analyzing contents of discussion threads whose contents change with time (Sony) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Determining whether or not features of discussion thread pages have changed with time - This application from Sony seeks to patent the idea of...Recording contents of an ...
0
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5answers
205 views

Targeted Promotions - Vendor promotions based on current location (Capital One) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Targeting promotions based on location of vendors with respect to user's current location. - This application from Finnoble Solutions, now Capital One seeks to patent the idea ...
2
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6answers
478 views

Mobile phones - Turning on/off GPS when phone detects motion - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON using acceleration sensor to turn on/off GPS receiver on a phone only when it has moved - This application seeks to patent the idea of...persistent motion tracking on a ...
0
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3answers
422 views

Social Networking - Tracking product recommendations through a URL forwarding service (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON employing a forwarding service to track online recommendations - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of...Tracking online product recommendations by ...
1
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3answers
295 views

Interactive Surveys (Theranos) - PATENT APPLICATION - PRIOR ART REQUEST

The following application was filed in 2013 and directed to interactive surveys where a picture is shown based on the inputted information. It seems that companies have been providing this for a ...
4
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4answers
403 views

Displaying web page information through web maps (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Seen this before? Web Site Mapping - Bogus #Patent Application #Intellectual Ventures #priorartrequest AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON organizing and displaying information about Internet web pages on web ...
1
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2answers
176 views

Classification of digital images - Digital Images classification in semantic categories (IV) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON classifying digital images into semantic categories - This application from IV seeks to patent the idea of...Generating time-based event boundaries detected in a plurality of ...
1
vote
1answer
151 views

Real-time social networking - Social networking within an organization (SAP) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON exploring social connections from an in-memory database - This application from SAP seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying an attribute in a profile associated with a first ...
0
votes
4answers
365 views

Online Search - Re-ranking search results based on admin-configured ranking rules (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. Some of the grounds for rejection (can be ...
4
votes
9answers
2k views

Updating apps on mobile phone to destroy sensitive data (Good Technologies) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a "final rejection" by the US Patent Office. An applicant has several ways to keep an application in this state alive. They include a request for continuing ...
0
votes
0answers
116 views

Lighting Samples (Theranos) - PATENT APPLICATION - PRIOR ART REQUEST

The following application was filed in 2013 and directed to lighting a sample with both direct and indirect light. It seems that companies have been providing this since at least 2003. For example, ...
2
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9answers
278 views

Power Management Systems for Accepting Solar Power in Electronic Devices – Patent Application – PRIOR ART REQUEST

This patent application filed by Apple claims to invent a power management system that includes a system microcontroller (SMC) and a charger. During operation, the power management system accepts ...
3
votes
6answers
281 views

Proximity-based online marketplace - Connecting nearby buyers and sellers (Zaarly, Inc.) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON location-based online marketplaces - This application from Zaarly, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...An online marketplace which associates a geographic location with each ...
0
votes
1answer
169 views

Social Shopping - Asking friends for shopping advice online (Turnto Network) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON asking friends for advice while shopping - This application from Turnto Network seeks to patent the idea of...Displaying, to a user who is engaged in a commercial activity on an ...
2
votes
1answer
190 views

Online Advertisement - CAPTCHA test including an advertisement (IBM) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON implementing a CAPTCHA test based on an advertisement - This application from IBM seeks to patent the idea of...Providing a CAPTCHA test which includes an advertisement and a ...
4
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11answers
2k views

Online Dating - Identifying Nearby, Compatible Users (Zoosk) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT FOR ONLINE DATING - This application from Zoosk seeks to patent the idea of finding other people who are nearby and compatible with you online! 10 minutes of your time can help ...
0
votes
3answers
198 views

Targeted incentives - Determining coupons based on location of a user & item barcode (Ebay) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON offering coupons based on an item of interest at a user's location - This application from Ebay seeks to patent the idea of...determining the geographic location of a mobile ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

3D Printing - Seam Concealment for 3D Models - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This patent application filed by Stratasys claims to invent the concept of printing seamless 3D objects by hiding layer path endpoints inside the object’s visible outer surface. Letting this patent ...
2
votes
8answers
560 views

Virtual Shopping Cart - Collaborative shopping using shared virtual shopping cart (IBM) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. The rejection was based in part on prior ...
0
votes
2answers
106 views

Proxy Server for Determining Presence Status of a User (Avaya) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

US20130304913 Filing date - Jul 16, 2013 Priority date - Sep 26, 2003 Have you seen anything prior to Sept 26, 2003 which relates to Programmable Proxies for Determining a Presence Status of a ...
0
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6answers
527 views

Disposable email addresses (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

A handful of Apple engineers have applied for a software patent application (US20140047043) on the idea of adding a proprietary protocol to request new disposable email addresses automatically from an ...
3
votes
1answer
199 views

Online Ads - Switching online advertisements based on a Timer (Yahoo!) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON online advertisements being displayed on a webpage based on a timer - This application from Yahoo! Inc seeks to patent the idea of...Displaying a primary advertisement on a ...
7
votes
9answers
2k views

Tracking and Managing Group Expenditures (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a Final Rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! Thanks to YOU, the Ask Patents ...
1
vote
0answers
120 views

Switchably transparent/opaque window hiding electronic fingerprint scanner, camera (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Apple has an application pending that would probably go into iPhones. The idea is that you have the camera or fingerprint scanner or other electronic component behind a window that can be turned ...
5
votes
3answers
985 views

Preloading web pages in a browser (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Dynamic preloading of web pages - This Apple application seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying links in a loaded first web page, determining an order of pre-loading second ...
3
votes
4answers
708 views

Mobile taxi service - Ordering transportation through a mobile device (Uber) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON arranging transport amongst parties through use of mobile devices - This application from Uber seeks to patent the idea of...Enabling customers to order drivers from a mobile ...