Patents about software algorithms, methods implemented via computer software, and software interfaces

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Possible patent considerations when posting Source-Code online?

I am currently a Master's student in Engineering. Recently I have begun working on a project that (I believe) to have tremendous value and applicability to industry. Being that I am a master's ...
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Can software be patented? [duplicate]

I developed a software product (running on any device). The software is having: User Licenses API development for developers WebHook implementation Text to Speech Font creation etc. The whole idea ...
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How can I protect my SaaS startup with patents?

My startup mentor suggested that it's important to protect my SaaS startup from bigger fish, in particular, to look at the product and consider what might be patentable. Is there a process or perhaps ...
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Disclosure vs. provisional patent application

I have a complex embedded software design that I've implanted and tested on an iOS (iPhone/iPad) device, and a large, interested potential OEM customer that states they are will to pay a license fee ...
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How to search for patents already registered for a particular process flow?

I have a idea, I am in process of implementing it. Up till now, i have researched and this type of website and this type of idea does not exist as far as my knowledge is concerned! I am sure thought ...
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How should I structure my claims and embodiments in regards to a patent for an invention to be implemented by a text editor?

In US patent law, how are claims that are dependent on an earlier claim affec the interpretation of the earlier claim. Is the prior claim's interpretation based on each dependent claim, or is the ...
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US20150310570 seems like a superfluous invention, can someone see prior Art and if suitable innovation exists

Please see the patent filed on the URL: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2015/0310570.html The claims of the patent are: 1. A system comprising: a processing device; a memory operatively coupled to ...
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This Patent is for a process that that was invented by someone else

In reference to the patent: US20140101112 This patent application is for a process and software systems that were built by my company years before the Applicant was ever in business. How can I ...
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Has anyone patented a way to implement fast tunable optical filters with 1 to 2 nm bandwidth FWHM that are insensitive to angle of incidence?

In reference to the patent: US6901178, Fast Tunable Optical Filter I am interested in whether the combination of a spectrometer and a tunable notch filter based on U.S Patent 6901178 with notch ...
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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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Am I allowed to use a published algorithm which is an improvement to a patented algorithm?

In a current project (which might see commercial use in the futere) I need to track people and objects in camera images. A little bit of research brought up the "Discriminative Scale Space Tracker" (...
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Depiction of an object which depends on patented control software

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that I would like to depict an elevator system in a video game. This elevator system is deliberately similar to a real elevator system. That real elevator system ...
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What happens if open source software infringes existing patent?

What happens if an open source software is released globally and it violates a patent? I found an interesting answer on MetaFilter and would like to know if it is considered to be correct by local ...
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Did it US patent 8032907 expire? [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US8032907 Did this patent exprie and thus not valid?
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Non-technical description for software patency?

What is a good example of a brief description on software patency? Essentially, I'd like a way to communicate what may be patentable and what may not be. I get asked a lot about software patency and ...
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Prior Art Request: US 8918223 B2, US 9110647 B2

This is a post-grant prior art request for US 8918223 B2, and US 9110647 B2, both have filing date of May 14, 2013 and priority date Jul 11, 2006. QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published ...
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Prior Art Request: US 8798802 B2

This is a post-grant prior art request for US 8798802 B2, which has a filing date of Jul 9, 2012. Your thoughts please QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Jul 9, 2012 that ...
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In the USA, is it legal to perform an algorithm described in a software patent on pencil and paper?

In general, based on my non-lawyer reading of patents, most software patents cover doing the described algorithm on a computer. Are there any legal issues at all in doing an algorithm by hand, on ...
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In the USA, is it legal to distribute source code that, when run, would violate a patent?

Is it legal in the US to distribute source code that when run, would be in violation of a software patent? This is not unprecedented, for example the LAME MP3 Encoder distributes source code for a ...
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Prior art request: US7263687 (Object-oriented enumerated type facility)

This is a post-grant prior art request for US7263687, which has a filing date of Sep. 9, 2002. This patent is a generalization of what most developers know as an enum in the Java programming language....
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Patents regarding to web applications

I'm working on my own product which will be an web application (what it is or do doesn't matter for this question). I watch a lot of Shark Tank (and kind a like) and always hear lines like "Do you ...
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Leitner system Patent

The leitner system has been invented in 1970 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leitner_system but Adaptively-spaced repetition which is the base of Leitner system has been registered in google patents in ...
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Software claims and infringement

In a software patent, typically three kinds of claims expressing almost the same idea are listed, namely system claim, method claim, and media claim. In my interpretation, the system claim and ...
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architecture coverage driven test generation

In reference to the patent: US 2008/0255822 A1 Does this patent mean that no-one can do another architecture coverage driven test generator for ARM cores? This patent is quite generic and I believe ...
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Automatic pupil distances using a mobile app [closed]

In reference to the patent: US9091867 Is this method available to automatically get the pupil distances using an app on a mobile device?
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Parallel Programs for GPU

US 2014/0180989 A1 has been applied by Google. It seems that the patent is about convolutional neural network with parallel architecture. I have searched further and found that several companies ...
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software method claim could be rephrased a generic business method

My software patent application was rejected as "abstract idea". Main method claim and all its dependent claims could be rephrased a generic business method without use of a computer, but it wouldn't ...
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Does the use of software covered by GPLv3 and used in a patent for a device have any effect on the validity of the patent?

If one wants to use free software like Machinekit covered by GPLv3 in the further development of a device covered by the patent, does the use of the software have any effect on the validity of the ...
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How to prevent patent on a software feature which you have in your private project?

The company I am currently working on is patenting a software feature that I have used in my private project. My private project is very old and has been using this technique/feature for a long time. ...
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Why do none of the links to images or PDF files work? They show the broken link icon

In reference to the patent: US20150105592
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Why to reveal (software) methods through a patent?

Say I may have a "computer-implemented invention" which is very easy on the hardware side but very complicated on the software side. I may be thinking about getting a patent for it. What would be my ...
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Write a patent without giving too much away

I would like to acquire a patent for a software algorithm, but I don't want to provide too much detail, for fear that anyone could look it up, and copy the steps that I've outlined.
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How to build software if you're unaware of which parts can contain potential patent infringements

As of lately, I've noticed quite an increase in software algorithm patents, that is: patents that explain certain data structures and/or software algorithms. The problem I personally have with ...
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Can embedded software be patented in the EU?

I know that no software can be patented in Europe. But what if I use software in an electronic board, and introduce that hardware? Can that be patented?
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Is it possible to obtain a patent on a technology I am already selling?

As part of software product I needed a software utility (library) that I could not find so I built it from scratch. I think it is unique and has some value and for sure I want to protect it. Since it ...
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Patenting a New Paradigm for Search Engines

I want to file a US patent for a new paradigm of search engines. But I don't know whether it is considered abstract and thus is it patentable or not? I explain it by an example. Just as an example ...
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A generic software that can be used to infringe a specific patented procedure

A magnitude is measured using some procedure that translates signal to magnitude value using an associated software. The procedure is patented. I have a more general software that translates signal ...
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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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Will the GPLv3 prevent me to get a new patent?

I wrote some DSP stack and would like to share it. I am thinking of licensing the stack under GPLv3 because I like the license (except the patents clause). I do not own any patents yet. However, since ...
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Patentability of a specialized programming library/framework

I am a newbie here, so direct me to the right thread if this question has been asked before. I recently talked to an IP attorney and he stated that any "method" or "program" ran on a "regular computer"...
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Use of IBMs Ball Pivoting Algorithm in application

I plan to use the ball pivoting algorithm (US6968299 B1) in a commercial application. Now I'm not sure if I would implement it how it is described in this patent or rather from another source (book, ...
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Is there no circumstance where people can use free and open versions of software patents?

In the United States, is there no circumstance where someone can use a software patent for free? This may seem obvious, but with software is very nuanced. I searched and couldn't find anyone who ...
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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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Avoiding being sued for my mobile app

First of all, I ain't a native english speaker so forgive me in advice for any grammar mistakes. Is it really necessary to patent an app before sending it to the app store and/or play store? (my app ...
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What is the current status of US6493686?

It says lapsed for US6493686, but I do not understand why. Is this information up to date? How can I determine the reason for this patent having lapsed, for example if it was abandoned for non-...
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Find potential patents related / linked to a Trademark

Apologies in advance if this isn't the right place to ask - I'm new to this forum. I'm building a software product that is similar to an existing product online in some ways. I want to make sure I'm ...
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US 8,903,797 - System and method for loading objects for object-relational mapping

I recently found the patent System and method for loading objects for object-relational mapping US 8,903,797. I develop Ruby on Rails web applications that follow the Active record pattern for Object ...
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software features not patented

I have written software 10 years ago that has a feature that has now been used by many top brands, and I believe it was the first software tool to feature it. It wasnt patented, but is there any ...
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Any sort of fair use clause for software using methods years before they get patented?

This question probably was already asked thousands of times, yet I could not find any similar question. One creates a software. An innovative one with lots of fancy new things which were never ...