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In India, Can we patent a 3-D printed Teaching Learning Material (TLM) [closed]

A Teaching Learning Material (TLM) is Made using 3D Printer Example : A board with some other components which helps the kids to perform Mathematical operations. Can such a product be patented in ...
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Patenting computer software/method that uses public domain aspects

Is it possible to patent or maybe copyright a process of protecting say a file format as a software utility patent, or another type of patent if it uses free domain technology? The main hurdle I am ...
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If someone has a patent but I invented same thing earlier, can I manufacture it?

If I invent something specific then someone patents a similar thing later (let's assume a recent patent e.g. 2015), do I have the right to manufacture and sell products using the invention? And if so, ...
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How much can you change a PPA when converting into Non-Provisional such that you will be able to keep the PPA date?

Concerned with PPA “converting” to Non-Provisional I am in the process of drafting up a software Provisional Patent Application. I have an issue in that there are parts of the system that require ...
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Can you copyright a trade secret? [closed]

1.Trade Secrets Protections for confidential information such as formula, method, device, machine, compilation of facts or any information that is confidential and gives a business an advantage. ...
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How to protect my idea/prototype at little or no cost?

I have an idea for a medical device that has been called "phenomenal" , "solid idea" etc...from medical professional friends of mine. Now I don't want companies in China to copy my idea...! Problem ...
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How was the period for patent protection chosen?

Patents in the US last 20 years. Apparently this is a relatively common period for much of the world as well. How was this period chosen? Did the US pick a period first and the rest of the world ...
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Patent application: can the citation of a figure from another author be considered fair use? [closed]

I would like to include a figure from a scientific paper which illustrates some background for my invention. I can cite the source and I can make it clear that I'm using it for illustration and ...
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Who owns copyright to computer code disclosed in a patent?

I wonder if anyone can enlighten me on something I have never understood. Supposing that I include computer source code in a patent application. Let us suppose that the source code remains unchanged ...
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Can I patent and create an existing service with a different name, in a different state?

If I wanna patent my idea.. but there currently already have an app of it in a different state for which it's present, could I use and patent my idea that's similar to the existing one without getting ...
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Do the weights of a neural network get any kind of IP protection?

The real 'knowledge' or the learning that makes a neural network give results is the values behind of the edge weights which are literal expressions (numbers) as seen below. The neural network is ...
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If someone owns a patent, does this mean they some sort of rights from places that use their invention?

https://www.google.lk/patents/WO2000073955A9?dq=ininventor:%22Michael+F.+Guheen%22&cl=en I happened on this and started wondering why this guy doesn't own half the Internet because shopping carts ...
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Can I sell my own brand of toilet paper without being sued for infringement?

I would like to sell my own toilet paper rolls, but having done some google searches, there seems to be a lot of patents on it, many of which are held by Kimberly Klark. Is it possibly for me to buy ...
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Natual Language processing patent by Oracle

Oracle holds a Patent US20130103391 "Natural language processing for software commands". I didn't exactly understand what they actually claim. Anyway, If I publish an ERP program that has a search box ...
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Can I copy parts of applications that are not specific to the invention?

I've noticed that patent applications go through pains to describe widely understood concepts such as what is a computer or a mobile device. For instance this patent by Apple US 20150042819 A1 devotes ...
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Publish a PDF copy of the patent

Our patent (US9286268) was issued on March 15, 2016. Can I put a PDF copy of the patent to my server/homepage?
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What copyright or patent infringements could I step into by remaking an old game?

There is a very old game from Westwood Studios currently owned by Electronic Arts I'd like to remake, but I don't know if I can turn it into a business due to the related copyrights and possible ...
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Can I reference an existing patent that was made in 1974? If so, how in depth?

I have an idea that includes a 'click' spring retractable system (In reference to 'click' pen invention) that was published in 1974. The mechanism would be vastly similar. How intricately do I have ...
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How can I protect a new form of physical fitness, using conventional workout routines and moves, on an non-conventional surface?

How do I protect two new ideas for getting fit? The work outs themselves are, for the most part, common practice in gyms during floor routines, aerobic classes, and step workouts. Only the surfaces on ...
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How Do I avoid being sued for patent infringement when publishing my mobile app?

I have created an app for use in mobile phones and I intend to make the app available for sale. From my research, there is no other app that looks like mine that I've heard of, there is an old ...
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What is considered a patent? [duplicate]

I have an idea for a mechanical over Unity that uses magnets with different Tesla values to keep and add energy into a perpetual system. I don't have the money for a patent because I'm poor and on SSI....
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I need to find out about keeping my sketch secured

I emailed my sketch to a prototype company after signing an agreement. Is that agreement binding, and can I mail a picture of my sketch to myself and keep it sealed in case someone wants to patent and ...
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Does Copyright provide invention protection?

I was advised by an "inventors circle" to protect my idea by copyright rather than obtaining a patent. First question: Is copyright considered a publication in view of the patenting process? Although ...
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Scope of a worldwide grant?

Wondering what the scope of a worldwide grant / transfer of all IP, either via an employment contract or explicit transfer is? I ask as a number of countries are not members of the WIPO, others have ...
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Question regarding employee vs employer patent ownership

I am employed by a big IT consulting firm or IT services industry in USA (IT and business consulting) at the senior management level (I am not hired to develop software or IT/non IT products, but only ...
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Has anyone used copyright infringement in the application, as grounds to block / revoke / force the re-examination of a patent?

Just read "this-is-a-direct-copy-of-a-previous-patent-we-own", in conjunction with "Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?", and "Can I copy texts from other applications into my application?"....
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Printing the patent image from US patent [duplicate]

IN reference to :- US2249572 Wearable bone-conduction hearing aid Do I need permission to print an image from patent? Is it public domain? USE:- Printing would be on vinyl wallcovering and ...
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Can my cousin copyright his world population cartogram? [closed]

My cousin made a cartogram depicting world population in microsoft paint. It became quite popular and he he was contacted by the author of an earlier world population cartogram. The author of the ...
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Can a copyright be used as a substitute for a patent?

Elsewhere on this site I see this quote... According to U.S. law, a patent cannot be obtained if an invention was previously known or used by other people in the U.S., or was already patented or ...
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Elevator driven by flat belt in EU

I am currently doing some research about elevators driven by flat belts. There seem to be a few patents regarding the use of flat belts for elevator suspension means. I found patents US8157058and ...
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Can mobile app concepts get a patent or copyright?

Alright, with more than 1.2 million apps on the app store, it's become increasingly difficult to find new app ideas that don't already exist. My question is; can simple app concepts that aren't ...
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How can I contact the inventor or applicant of a European patent or application?

I'm interested in contacting the owner of EP1870511A1. Where can I find information to do so? I've reviewed "How can I contact the owner of a patent?," but it appears to only cover American patents ...
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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

I am about launching a mobile application soonest (in 5 days time) but I am really scared about others using the idea behind the whole system because the few people I have spoken to about investing in ...
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How to get Copyright permission for a figure in a patent

I would like to get permission for reusing Figure 26 of the United States Patent US20130256198, "Magnetic separation of electrochemical cell materials", in my review paper and thesis, with slight ...
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To use "copywrite" to protect an invention.

Someone suggested that 'copyright' is a means to protect an invention. To do this a description, not unlike a patent write up, can be copyrighted protecting it from someone else to file a patent on ...
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Am I allowed to test and research with Graphene

I am a student and wanted to do some research on graphene on how to mass produce it and I was wondering before starting my project on the wondrous material. So my question is, Is this a free patent? ...
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Plagiarism in a Patent Application

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 ...
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When will this patent be availabe for clinical application by healthcare professionals? [closed]

I am a healthcare professional (RMT) in Ontario with many patients who come to me concerned with their cellulite. I also educate the public about cellulite and provide treatments geared specifically ...
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Gaining a copyright/Patent

Is it possible / legal to gain a copyright / patent over a somebody's else idea, changing / improving / altering something significantly?
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Can I Do A Title Search On A Patent or a Copyright Like With Real Estate? [closed]

Let's suppose I write a book, (invent a gizmo) a miracle happens, and I get a movie deal (or a manufacturing deal). Can I walk into a real estate title search agency to check on liens and claims ...
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Should I use patents or copyright law to protect my ideas?

I have seen that Google has some patents on their Toolbar, and also has some copyrighted software. Which is a better option to protect an idea? Can I copyright my own Open Source project? Personally, ...
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Finding design or utility patent

Few months ago, an idea went over my head. After some thinking, I though I had first to do a search over the internet to see if my idea already existed. And it existed. I found out that there is a ...
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What is the difference between a US copyright and US patent?

Assume I create a "Swiss knife widget v1." Do I own a "copyright" on the widget? What does a copyright protect? Assuming I do have a copyright on the widget, if another company copies my widget ...
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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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Can I copy texts from other applications into my application?

I'm a "micro entity" and I'm considering patenting my idea myself. I know that the language of the patent application is very special, eg. no limiting language should be used. In some patent ...
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Can I use these images for a college publication? [duplicate]

I am a photo editor for a campus magazine. I am wondering about the use of publishing some of the images on 2008/0210728. It's about a solar backpack patent. Is this legal for a university to use? Are ...
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Making a game with patent art graphics

I'm considering making a game that uses patent illustrations (from Context-Free Patent Art) as graphics. I've read the answers to Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?, which suggests that if ...
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Registering Patent, Can a way of doing things be registered as patent or copyrighted?

I'm working on a method of user authentication. I Googled the whole web, different places like Wikipedia, and some science journals and didn't find the strategy I'm using. Can my strategy be ...
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Must one issue a warning before suing for patent infringment?

If I make some software and start selling it, and then someone who has a patent on a central idea in my software discovers this, would they have to provide me a warning to remove my product from the ...
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Does "Vessel Hull Design Protection Act" protects any kind of object of design?

I would like to know if any kind of object of design can be protected by the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, or if it is just to vessel hull objects.
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