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In reference to the patent: US20140234791

People have been making candles from recycled bottles for years. Is putting a lid on the candle really different enough to warrant a patent?

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As noted by user4545, the linked document is a patent application, not a patent. You can check for the status on the US Public Pair site. In this case select "Publication Number" and enter "20140234791". The status of this application is "Abandoned -- Failure to Respond to an Office Action" as of 06-10-2016. Looking at the transaction history, there were a series of rejections so I'm guessing the applicant figured out a patent wasn't going to be awarded and gave up.

To answer you specific question:

People have been making candles from recycled bottles for years. Is putting a lid on the candle really different enough to warrant a patent?

Evidently putting a lid on a candle is not enough to warrant a patent, at least in the US.

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Please note that the referenced document is the publication of an APPLICATION for a patent. It has not yet been examined, nor has a patent been granted.

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