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Patent application is in the Public Domain

When there is a patent application submitted for an idea that has been around for years and is common knowledge what can you do?
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Does usage of a website constitute public disclosure of the patentable server components for the website?

Does usage of a website constitute public disclosure of the patentable server components for the website? In other words: will the grace period start for server components as soon as users start ...
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How can I provably put something in the public domain so that someone else can not patent it?

I have a good idea that is non-obvious and new. I want to make this technology (a new encryption technique) available for everyone to use, and keep it entirely patent-free, including myself. I have ...
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Availibility to the public domain

From my limited understanding of the patent system, if I were to invent something but I didn't file for a patent, then someone else could still patent my idea. If I want to keep my invention open, is ...
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Is Disclosure to a Senior Government Official a “Public Disclosure” of an Invention in the US

Is a photograph showing a senior government official, for example, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, viewing a prototype considered evidence of "public disclosure to the government" which would ...
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If a medicine is listed in an ancient book, can it still be patented?

I have seen many patents related to use of herbs in medicines, like some homemade remedy for cough syrup etc. A large number of such remedies are already listed in many ancient medical books, one ...
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Is U.S. Patent 6578010 in the public domain?

Is this patent under the public domain? Does a patent being on "public domain" mean it can be used by anyone without a license from the patent holder? Or that it has been published by the patent ...
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Is there a central anti-patent database for openly developed and abandoned inventions?

Sites like HalfBakery and this shared Google Doc act as open repositories for potentially patentable inventions. In effect, these sites act as anti-patent databases because the inventions are never ...