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Can a backend algorithm be patented?

I define a backend algorithm as a set of rules and steps hidden inside of a black box that outputs something. Everybody can see the output, but nobody knows how the output is generated. The how is the ...
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requirements to patent an algorithm of app

I have an app that connects pet owners with pet walkers based on a set of rules. This unique set of rules and steps that leads to a connection is the algorithm that I need to patent in order to ...
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In India, why can't we patent an Algorithm?

Here's the FAQ document that was given the official website: http://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/Final_FREQUENTLY_ASKED_QUESTIONS_-PATENT.pdf The 7th question in this document ...
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How does a patent owner establsh that a patent that includes an algorithm is infringed?

If I steal someone's algorithm, how would anyone be able to prove that I am using their algorithm? Only I have access to the code for the algorithm? Unless someone sees my code, they can't say what ...
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Separate or single provisional patent application/s for an algorithm and presentation

I am working on drafting a provisional patent application (PPA) for an algorithm (which is novel, non-obvious and useful) and the presentation of the result of running of the algorithm on some data. ...
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Is possible to patent a trading algorithm (indicator)

I know some algorithms are patentable, but not sure what are the resctrictions and limitation for this. My question is specific for a trading indicator, something like MACD, or RSI etc, is possible to ...
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Is it possible to patent a new general method of optimizing some industrial processes?

I have finished a new method (implemented as an algorithm/software) which exploring data inputs obtains a sequence of steps, appliable for different industrial processes, that reduces drastically ...
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I want to know if I can patent such algorithm?

My algorithm uses the modified version of existing algorithm (architectural modification) and I have combined it with existing mathematical law. so can a patent restrict others form using such ...
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Blog post explaining a patented algorithm

Hi Ask Patents community, I recently came across a software product in my industry that I thought was interesting. I decided to look into how their software works and ended up discovering their US ...
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Can I patent a calculation method or application, that uses previously undefined variables?

I work in an industry where a large portion of the manufacturing process is "black box" - you don't get instant production feedback from the equipment. You literally take notes on the product that you ...
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How to determine eligibility for software patents?

I see a lot of questions on software patents, but very few questions about eligibility, post-Alice. What is the current thinking, particularly in the wake of Enfish and Bascomb?
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Validity of patent on Merkle Trees

(I originally posted this on law.SE and was directed here.) Patent US4309569, published in 1982 and expiring 20 years later, describes an algorithm for creating hash trees (known as Merkle trees, ...
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What concrete lessons should software patent applicants learn from Alice vs CLS Bank?

Alice vs CLS Bank decided that implementing an abstract idea on a generic computer is not patentable. Most experts seem to believe that SCOTUS's decision invalidated some, but not all software ...
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Can I patent a sports prediction model?

I've developed a highly profitable basketball prediction model. Thing is, I don't live in a place where gambling is legal (lame). My real question is: how can I capitalize on the model without ...
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How can I identify the usage implications of this granted patent for the base91 encoding algorithm?

I'm currently doing some research on base-n binary encoding algorithms (such as base32, base58, base64, base85, base91, etc) to see if the tradeoff between complexity (base64 implementations are ...
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I authored a new mathematical theorem so: Is it patentable, is scholarly publication an advantage, where should I patent it?

I have created new mathematical theorem. I don't know of its advantage or application. I am confident that it will be advantageous in the future so due to that reason I have 3 questions: Is a theorem ...
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Can i patent mobile app algorithm

We developing mobile app and we going to use device location which is generated by GPS or Mobile network in different way.Also we working on other system hardware data which is not currently using by ...
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Legal ramifications of including research algorithms in software products sold to clients

If I am a UK-based software vendor or 'software as a service' company, what are the legal implications of including academic research algorithms in products sold to European and international clients? ...
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Am I allowed to use a published algorithm which is an improvement to a patented algorithm?

In a current project (which might see commercial use in the futere) I need to track people and objects in camera images. A little bit of research brought up the "Discriminative Scale Space Tracker" (...
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In the USA, is it legal to perform an algorithm described in a software patent on pencil and paper?

In general, based on my non-lawyer reading of patents, most software patents cover doing the described algorithm on a computer. Are there any legal issues at all in doing an algorithm by hand, on ...
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In the USA, is it legal to distribute source code that, when run, would violate a patent?

Is it legal in the US to distribute source code that when run, would be in violation of a software patent? This is not unprecedented, for example the LAME MP3 Encoder distributes source code for a ...
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Urgent - My Patent Application received a Non-Final Rejection, Advice?

I have written a computer program which combines two patented ideas, but provides a new and much needed function, and service for that matter. Hence the big money corps stand to make from the use of ...
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Has the Borland 32-bit SEH patent expired? [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US5628016. Is this patent expired? Can other people now implement SEH on 32-bit without opening themselves up to being sued?
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What if I use my algorithm, which is similar by 80% to the another already patented?

I'm developed an algorithm for constructing heat maps (eg, maps clicks heatmap) , going to implement. Found that there is already a patent for this method of visualization www.google.com/patents/...
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Idea of Suggesting Application by time

I have this idea in a very vague form which I have not seen implemented yet but maybe someone can tell me if it is out there already or not. It might not be worth a patent as its just an addition but ...
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Is (Google) PageRank invalidated by this econ. paper from 1940s?

Some early versions of PageRank are discussed the PageRank: Standing on the shoulders of giants My question is whether any of the prior art mentioned in the article would be sufficient to invalidate ...
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