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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 ...
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There is very clear prior art for patent applications WO2014145999A3 and WO2014145999A2

In reference to the patent: WO2014145999A2 In reference to the patent: WO2014145999A3 The inventions in this patent are entirely described by the Diploma Thesis of Kai Niklas submitted on 11th June ...
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USPTO Patent XML, understanding the us-field-of-classification-search element

I'm working with XML from the USPTO bulk download which provides weekly downloads of XML of published patent grants. I'm using this documentation to understand the files. I'm having trouble ...
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How often are patents terminally disclaimed?

How many patents have terminal disclaimers (i.e., truncation in their time to expiry)? I am looking for a percentage of the total population of patents granted. A rough estimate + source is good ...
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Understanding Kamatani Cloud US 6873940 patent class combination and patent applicability to cloud services

I'm specifically interested in US 6873940 patent. The company that currently owns the patent is a company called Kamatani Cloud which is subsidiary of General Patent which some argue (1, 2, 3, 4) is a ...
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Design Patent US D697,706 - human hand umbrella handle

I think there is likely prior art for Design Patent US D697,706, "Handle": Here is an example of a 19th century Chinese human hand umbrella handle: Source: AncientPoint.com
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Solabegron and antimuscarinic patent?

In reference to the patent: EP2600859A1 Has this patent been granted? Does it mean that 1. all combination therapy consisting of beta-3 agonists in combination with muscarinic agonists have been ...
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Prior art for US20140314679

In reference to the patent: US20140314679 Would the following applications qualify as prior art for this? US20100240990 CA2692570A1
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Prior art for e-ticketing with a barcode image via the web

In reference to the patent: WO2002091307A9 This is an international patent which claims a method for issuing over the internet a ticket, wherein the ticket contains a barcode in an image file format. ...
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PRIOR ART REQUEST: US20150066784 “Automated Clickwrap and Browsewrap System”

I would like some help finding prior art for US20150066784. The patent describes a system focused on the browsewrap vs. clickwrap distinction when it comes to legal agreements, but the entire system ...
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Planet Labs Satellite Constellation Patent

This is the patent that Planet Labs, Inc. holds for a constellation of satellites: US20140027576 It only contains a single independent claim: A system for use in spatial imaging of planetary ...
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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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Almost same method but different end result

I have an idea for an message encryption method that is almost identical to another patent. However, that patent states that it uses only characters to encrypt the text while mine uses a hexadecimal ...
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Some patent cases where a troll lost the appeal

I am searching for few patent cases where a patent troll lost the case. My list includes cases which ended in one of the following ways - Defendant wasn't infringing the patent(s) Patent of patent ...
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Filing in foreign office before domestic one, will the patent be rejected?

I know that some countries have security concern, and patent must be filed at domestic office to check for security before filing at foreign office. The question is, what if I filed at foreign office ...

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