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URL pointing to time of video (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office that was based in part on Ask Patents contributions! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent ...

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user avatar asked by Marc Gravell Score of 33
user avatar answered by Nick Telford Score of 25

Protecting a User Interface: Design Patent and/or Copyright

I have been reading that it is possible to file Design Patent(s) and Copyright applications on top of non-provisional utility filings. To my understanding (I am an engineer so please bear with me :) ...

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user avatar asked by Chris Score of 9
user avatar answered by Mark Nowotarski Score of 5

How best to patent idea while working for company?

I have an idea I would like to patent. I have not started working on the idea yet (and I'll swear to that in court). How best to keep my job without losing my intellectual property rights? The idea ...

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user avatar asked by SecretSquirrel Score of 4
user avatar answered by kinkfisher Score of 2

Microsoft have submitted a patent for a whack to silence a phone ringer. How similar does prior art have to be?

Microsoft has filed for a patent on a new technique that allow users of mobile devices to silence them by delivering a firm whack. From The Register: Patent application 20120231838, aka CONTROLLING ...

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user avatar asked by Rory Alsop Score of 47
user avatar answered by D Smurfo Score of 48

What is the best free reliable patent drawing software?

Does anyone have any patent drawing experience? I'm looking to do it on my own and I figure there's some decent software out there somewhere. Thanks.

user avatar asked by user827304 Score of 3
user avatar answered by Vikas Score of 5

What is a CRM (Computer Readable Medium) claim?

(ref: this question, George White's answer) I'm writing a software patent that includes a system and a method claim. I've heard of something called a CRM (Computer Readable Medium) claim, but am ...

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user avatar asked by Greg M. Krsak Score of 3
user avatar answered by George White Score of 4

WIPO patent filing vs US patent?

After doing a bit of research on the different types of patents that are available, and what it would cost to get patents in multiple countries, it is a mystery to me why anyone would bother with ...

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user avatar asked by Dale Mahalko Score of 3
user avatar answered by George White Score of 2
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