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

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do I need submit the code for software patent?

My patent application describes software method. I wrote the code just to test it. It is stripped down embodiment, as real things would be more complex and depending on particular implementation. All ...
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Product using US 7813976 B2 [on hold]

The patent identified in the title, Computer-based system and method for searching and screening financial securities and relevant intellectual property , seems to correspond with a software ...
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Release software for private use only

I build a connected wiki and mind map application (www.vis-a-wiki.org). In the process of releasing it I learned about software patents and that I might get in trouble there (though I don't know of ...
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When should a software service or framework be patented or protected?

Should a software service or framework be patented or protected? If so, at what point?
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Patent WO 2014122535 A2 (US 14/172,685): User Interface, prior art exists

I studied this patent (pending) and it seems obvious to me that prior art apply on: System for organizing and displaying information on a display device WO2014122535A2 US20140223313 Application ...
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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

I am about launching a mobile application soonest (in 5 days time) but I am really scared about others using the idea behind the whole system because the few people I have spoken to about investing in ...
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Patenting something yet in use by the applicant

If I allready use a piece of software in my company to provide as a consultant service data computed with this application (selling the application results, not the application itself) then is it ...
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When a patent infringment litigation is considered frivolous?

Where is the line telling that a litigation is basically a bullying tool for a patent holder? Accusing party is providing software patent infringement arguments that are laughable to one skilled in ...
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Do I need a specific kind of patent lawyer to handle a software patent?

Do I need a specific kind of patent lawyer to handle a software patent? It seems to me that the advanced computer terminology involved in patenting software would require a patent lawyer that ...
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Looking for prior art for patent application US20140196015 “Declaration of Lifetime resource reference”

I'm looking for prior art related to following patent: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2014/0196015.html DECLARATION OF LIFETIME OF RESOURCE REFERENCE A language extension that advances ...
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“A method, apparatus and system …”

Often in software patents “A method, apparatus and system ...” is claimed. With reference to USC 35 – section 101 then: is “method” used as synonymous for “process”? are “apparatus and system” ...
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Software patent boilerplate

Given that software should be shown and claimed in a hardware context software patents typically include a boilerplate, both in figures and text, identifying PC, servers, internet connections, cloud ...
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Developed methodology listed in patent claims, yet not listed as an inventor?

Myself and a co-worker developed the methodology for performing a process (software development), and we even helped author the claims for the provisional patent application, yet we have been left off ...
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Software patent implementations license

Given that a software patent can be implemented in different ways, languages and platforms then what are the license requirements of the implemented pieces of software? Is it possible that the patent ...
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US8214361 B1 How can it be considered not obvious?

In the field of IR I was considering US8214361 B1: if I can resume the claims in two words the invention is a search engine interface that not only provides a set of results but also a set of ...
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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 ...
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Patent mobile app prior to development?

I have what I think is a novel idea for a mobile app, and I would like to develop it but having a day job this could take a year or two or three. Instead of starting developing now I am considering ...
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Does computer readable medium claim protect system?

As I know, computer readable medium claim protects software, but does it also protect the hardware system? Because IMO, the the hardware must contain the code or software to run (thus, the hardware ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...