This patent has, as part of its content about projective geometry, text and diagrams copied from my web site http://www.nct.anth.org.uk/ without permission or acknowledgement. Is that ethical in a patent application?

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    Can you please specify which patent it is?
    – Elin
    Mar 31, 2014 at 13:07
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    Plagiarizing is only an academic offense, it would be copyright violation that would potentially matter. A patent application containing copyright material without permission would not affect patentability unless it showed the inventor wasn't actually the inventor.
    – George White
    Apr 1, 2014 at 16:29
  • I suspect that fair use could be claimed for material copied into a patent application, because no rights are claimed in the work under copyright except for the clear exceptions in MPEP 608. Nov 18, 2014 at 22:31
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    – arober11
    Mar 24, 2015 at 14:03
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    – arober11
    Mar 24, 2015 at 14:05

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It is common in patent applications to describe the "background art". Proper attribution should be made.

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