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Can an Appendix to an insurance policy be patented as a novel invention?

Can an Appendix to an insurance policy be patented as a novel invention? I have filed a PCT application that came back with the search report indicating that every claim considered Novel, Inventive ...
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Section 101 - Computer Implemented Invention

Can anyone point me to recent (post-Alice) successful examination responses to section 101 for computer implemented inventions (software patents). I am currently prosecuting a s101 objection for a ...
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Is it possible to write software that doesn't infringe on patents?

I'm working on app not similar to Uber, but one that also facilitates peer-to-peer economic activity. However, I recently came across a patent filed by Uber, entitled "Providing a summary or ...
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Is it always okay to market a product that was patented 20+ years ago?

My understanding of the system under US patent law is that after 20 years, the patented process or device can be freely produced and sold by anyone. Is this always true? Is it legally safe to, say, ...
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Is one drawing enough for a business process patent for software algorithm?

I am filing a patent for a software and I am using a patent service. They have given me 1 drawing for my process and I am concerned this may not be enough. It does describe my process but does 1 ...
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software method claim could be rephrased a generic business method

My software patent application was rejected as "abstract idea". Main method claim and all its dependent claims could be rephrased a generic business method without use of a computer, but it wouldn't ...
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Can a method of pedagogy be patented?

I'm creating a book about how to teach to children. Can I patent the method described in my book?
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If a business plan is implemented does it become prior art?

Does a business-method become prior art once it is implemented?. Is there a grace period of 1 year from implementation to filing the patent?
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Why isn't there a requirement for all software / business method patent applications to be “formally specified”?

Why isn't there a requirement that all software / business method patent applications be formally specified ? Formal methods has been around / best practice in the [Software] Engineering spheres for ...
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US8214361 B1 How can it be considered not obvious?

In the field of IR I was considering US8214361 B1: if I can resume the claims in two words the invention is a search engine interface that not only provides a set of results but also a set of ...
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Is the Amazon Locker Patented?

I did an advanced search for AN/"Amazon" AND (delivery OR locker OR distribution) and could not find a patent for the Amazon Locker. Is it patented? If so, what is the patent number? Is it publicly ...
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How does this patent affect digital downloads of multimedia at sites like Dropcards.com?

How does patent application US20100325182 affect dropcards.com and similar websites that allow users to send in their media and artwork then furnish the users with unique cards? Users hand out the ...
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How can a hobbyist pragmatically defend a patent they file?

To begin with I read: Is it practical for a novice to successfully file a patent without hiring a patent lawyer? There's a large community of hobbyist and DIYselfers who are constantly working on new ...
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Individual rebate code on goods transfered by customer via any network to give rebate or gifts to the customer

There are several patents out there like this: you buy a beer, on this bottle is an individual code, you can use this code on the campaign website to win a price or get a voucher e.g for an online ...