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

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Is it better to not to publish untill the patent is granted?

I have noticed that start-up companies that filed patent applications tend to not to publish them before the patent is granted. This can have business strategy motivations and it would be off topic to ...
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what should be the major sections of a software patent application?

Anything else other than the list at the bottom? I have to do a lot of software patent applications for a hi-tech startup. Management wants 100 this year. For software patents of our embedded ...
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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 ...
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Are there specific terms drawn up for licensing opportunities?

I was interested in developing a system of edited content and would like to know why it was never developed or is in use? Were there problems in its development or marketing. Are there specific ...
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USPTO provisional application and then publishing a scientific paper. Any derivation proceedings risk?

I'm developing a new Information Retrieval model and software and I'd like to submit a provisional application to USPTO and just after that to publish a paper on a scientific journal or on a website. ...
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tips on how to get software patent application approved

What are some tips to get software patent application approved by USPO? I'm responsible for the software development at a startup, and to protect our Intellectual Property I need to submit multiple ...
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Sending a CD with Codebase

This seems to be the rules on mailing a codebase for a software application on CD, it seems it needs to be on ASCII format. The reason to mail a cd of codebase is to show that you know how to build ...
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Which Patent interchange format to pick?

Currently we are designing a web service that will provide patent data within our Intranet to several consuming applications. In order to be independent from the provider of that data we plan to ...
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What are the terms of a US software patent approval?

What are the terms of a US software patent approval? For example: I want to patent a technology in the form of a JavaScript API. The technology makes it easier, cheaper, and faster for developers to ...
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What happens if I develop a software and provide it as an online service and someone else patents it?

Suppose that I am providing a SaaS on the web. What happens if someone (after working with my service and getting familiar with it), develops the software (and ideas used in it) and patents it?
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Most ambiguous software patents?

I know there are a lot of strange and bogus software patents out there today, for instance if i remember correctly Microsoft owns a patent for browser plugins (which basically would mean Adobe Flash ...
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Example Musikeys Software us6444888

http://www.vandruffdesign.com/patents/MusiKeys.zip Software implementation of Musical computer keyboard apparatus / method
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Are Softwares Patentable?

I know there are a lot debate about it. Even in USA, a country very well know to be patent friend, have not sure if softwares are patentable. But how is the interpretation to allow software patents? ...
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SURF algorithm in OpenCV library for commercial use (Europe)

According to this article, SURF algorithm is marked as patented in Europe. Therefore, since I'm planning to use it in my company commercially, I would like to know if there is any reliable way to ...
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software library company with no patents

Let's say there is a software company. This company is developing a Digital Signal Processing software library. The library doesn't constitute an application itself but it is meant to be sold to be ...
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Can I Apply for patent for this?

I've implemented a new way of sharing files upto 1GB with friends, in real-time. Can patents be applied to this? If yes, I'm from India, and I'm a student, 14yr old, and I want to apply for a patent ...
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how to know if I can use a mathematical formulae is applicable or not?

There is a mathematical concept in wikipedia. Its a ranking function. Can be found here. The fact that the knowledge is out there makes me think I can use it in my software. However, when I do a ...
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Microsoft Patent from 2008 for “Automatic censorship of audio data for broadcast”

Is it just me, or is this patent really broad? Patent No. 7437290 http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7437290.html Claim 1 A method for automatically censoring audio data, comprising the steps ...
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EU (non-US, european) patent EP 1148681 - software patent and prior art

EP 1148681 is a EU patent owned by Nokia. Nokia has been granted an injunction against all of HTC's Android devices based on this patent. This shouldn't even be patentable in the EU, since software ...
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Open Source References

This patent is comprised of mainly open source technologies all put together. Can open source items be patent in this manner without a reference? The open source project I'm referencing is Kegbot ...
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Is clarifying some terminology in an Amendment considered “new material”?

In working with my examiner to address issues with the claims mentioned in a final rejection of my (pro se) software patent application, I changed one term in the claims from "word1 word2" to "word1 ...
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Patent During Software Development - When is the best time?

My company is currently developing software and we are interested in pursuing a patent for it. My question is should I file patent it prior to completing the final version - we are about 1-2 months ...
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does beta testing software count as a sale?

Does beta-testing of software count as a sale and trigger the start of the one year grace period? I am referencing: "Under current U.S. law (35 U.S.C. §102(b)), a sale or offer for sale of the ...
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Is there a legitimate/reliable way to apply for a software patent for < $1000?

I'd like to patent a niche idea for a software product. I'm just an individual developer. I have no access to a legal team or expensive legal services. What is the best option for applying for ...
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Why is there the same boilerplate stuff at the front of every patent?

A large number of patents in the IT area appear to have a very similar diagram embedded int them somewhere, usually some forms of a block diagram detailing system components such as Northbridge, ...
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Does it violate a USPTO regulation, or otherwise cause problems, to include a USPTO web page screen shot as part of the drawings?

Does it violate a USPTO regulation, or otherwise cause problems, to include a USPTO web page screen shot as part of the drawings? I cannot find any MPEP entries or rules relating to this. I used a ...
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Patent for a machine that stores electric charge in a capacitor

Can I patent a machine that stores electric charge in multiple capacitors each being addressed by a transistor on a chip in a specified way leading to a predefined current output? In other words, is ...
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Multi-story 3d printing

I'm looking to create a software that assembles multiple small objects into multiple layers. The reason for this is that the objects are relatively small (a few cm diameter), and the printing platform ...
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How similar does non provisional and provisional patent have to be?

I prefer to not spend a lot of money before I see if it has any value so I would like to file a provisional patent on my own. The basic invention takes some data from inputs encodes it in a certain ...
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Software Patents: Claiming as a METHOD vs as a SYSTEM?

Software patents could be described in claims as methods or as systems. One cannot claim damages for infringement of METHODS until the method is used (e.g. when the software is run). But, one can ...
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US 20130262257 Is Close to Already Issued US 6366891 are there others?

Hi I am the inventor for US 20130262257 "prefunded pay-to-bid" method. I am aware of the Feinberg patent US 6366891, but I am unable to find a countdown timer that adjusts its remaining time for every ...
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SIFT: reusing some claims and replacing others by strictly different nonpatented methods?

SIFT is a patented method that does both feature detection and description (US6711293 - http://www.google.com/patents/us6711293). The method consists of roughly of three points (please let me know if ...
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Is application US20090055029 this fairly obvious?

This is basically "put a webserver on it and call it an invention" This sort of thing has been done on home routers and numerous other types of industrial equipment for many years. How would one go ...
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Smartphone Apps: Difference between a device and software?

If a patent makes claims about a "device", but not about "software", does that mean I can make apps without infringing, and would my app potentially be patentable? Example: Say I want to write a ...
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Prior art request: OMNI-DIRECTIONAL CAMERA AND RELATED VIEWING SOFTWARE patent 20120206565

http://www.google.com/patents/US20120206565 This patent covers the hardware design of a multi-camera array of video cameras making up a spherical or 360º panoramic video system. The whole idea is ...
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Patenting data representation on screen

Is it possible to patent the way folder structure is represented on the screen. In what sense it is patentable since it does not fit into any category but Apple and Microsoft have parts of their ...
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Computer Software patent applications rejected in the UK - Can it still be granted in Europe/US?

I understand Europe/US have relaxed the regulations surrounding computer software patents, whilst the UK remains somewhat rigid. Thus, would it stand that if such an application was rejected in the UK ...
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Does clarity of a patent affect its value?

There is much talk about how software patents are deliberately written in an obfuscated manner, as a ploy that contravenes the purpose of the system. It seems to me that one could argue the ...
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Possible patent infringement when implementing a file viewer

I'm writing a piece software. As part of my application I intend to implement a custom file browser (a simple popup window, which allows you to search folders, files etc). My intention is to divide ...
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Authentic barcodes using digital signatures (Verisign) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Apr 13, 2011 that discusses digitally signing of barcodes ? (as opposed to signing documents, images etc) TITLE: Authentic barcodes using ...
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Are there any patent issues associated with making my own version of a protocol?

If researchers are prototyping a new type of network protocol, and I use their concepts to implement my own version (my way of doing it, 100% my code, different programming language, etc), are there ...
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Custom client libraries (Google) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON EXAMPLE SOURCE CODE Google has patented the generation of client libraries and example code from API descriptions. 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent ...
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Prior art of performance monitoring using software to build schedulers?

Relates to Patent Application 20090055833 - "System and Method for performance monitoring." I come with two questions; First, it would seem to me substantial prior art exists to 1994. However, this ...
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Software for assigning technicians to jobs - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Title: System and method for computer-aided technician dispatch and communication Patent No.: 6,990,458 Assignee: CSG Systems, Inc. Prior art cutoff: Prior art predating Aug 28, 1996 Summary: ...
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Is the Domino's Pizza Tracker actually patent pending?

4 years ago Domino's launched the "pizza tracker". It has since then said "Patent Pending" on the tracker image. Is this actually patent pending? Any chance they would actually get the patent? ...
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Does a software implementation count as prior art?

Does a software implementation count as prior art and sufficient proof to invalidate a patent application? Does it matter whether the implementation was closed-source, open-source or public-domain?
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Website Customization — Caching dynamically-generated websites — Issued Patent — PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON CUSTOMIZING A WEBSITE - This issued patent seeks to patent the idea of... building a user profile by watching user behavior on a website! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow ...
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Software patenting questions

I am a student and I don't have enough money (not even nearly enough) to file a patent. I strongly believe in my idea and therefor I would give and do anything in my power to secure this patent. I ...
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Am I allowed to reimplement the Go programming language?

From "http://golang.org/PATENTS": Additional IP Rights Grant (Patents) "This implementation" means the copyrightable works distributed by Google as part of the Go project. Google ...
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What aspects of Microsoft's UProve technology is patented by others?

Microsoft published their UProve technology to an open source license; however they mention that they can't guarantee that the technology does not infringe on other patents not covered by Microsoft. ...