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Can my idea that was published in my own blog still be patentable by me?

Can my idea that was published in my own blog still be patentable by me? Case 1: I have an innovative solution of a problem that was published in my websites blog. After couple of years I rethink and ...
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Why Facebook didn't just copy Instagram which wasn't patented?

Facebook bought Instagram when it wasn't patented. Facebook could have just created a copy of Instagram and launched It with their already existing millions of users. 1- Why did Facebook pay 1 Billion ...
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We didn't patent a possible innovation before the release. What are the risks?

Last year I joined a project started by a friend. He was working for some years on an electrical device and I helped him in many aspects. Recently, the "project" became a "sellable product". ...
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Can a company with a patent sue me for a product I didn't steal from them

For example, if apple get a patent on an idea, and I already had that idea and didn't get a patent for it, and I went ahead and open a company that makes a product based on my idea, can apple sue me ...
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Can a pharmaceutical firm patent a cure I disclosed to them publicly?

I have a cure for Bipolar Disorder. I haven't patented it yet. However, I started sending emails with the idea to Universities before (a record exists in my email inbox). Then I have been sending my ...
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Software Patent or Copyright?

I have an idea that I would like to pitch to a software partner that I currently work with. What is the best approach to protect my idea? I'm not sure if I can patent it since it's s concept and not ...
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Protections for selling a business idea

Which protections is needed to be bought for a business idea? I like to sell it to a European citizen (of Course, for starting it in that country) and I am from a non-EU country.
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Can I describe two different ideas inside a provisional patent application?

I have two ideas completely different and unrelated to each other, I want to put both of them inside a provisional patent application and in a alter time file two non-provisional application for them. ...
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Can I legally sell my own product in my country which is patented in another country?

I made one product.but after survey,I got that the idea which I used to make my product is already patented in other country.but that product is not provided to customer (market) by them. their ...
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When to submit a patent idea?

I have a very nice app Idea, which based on my research it is new, and I am quite sure it would be very much valuable. At which stage I have to patent it? do I have to patent the idea already, or ...
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Patenting same idea with different methodology

I had a key idea to StartUp a company. But I found other company already holding a patent(found in Google patent search) on same idea but different approach to accomplish it. Can I patent the same ...
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When someone writes about an invention in a story that is actually a 'workable' idea or it can be developed as such

What if someone has a 'workable' idea for an invention that could be developed into a real 'device' or process that solves some important problems or an idea that can be marketed ; and one actually ...
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To determine the novelty of the idea

I'm trying to build a hexapod with several new capabilities and all the features used are not my original creation but the idea of combining them together to form a bot is my idea, and there is no bot ...
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Is it possible to patent something that is purely an idea?

I have recently thought of an interesting and potentially very successful idea that could be implemented in 2-3 years. It would have at least a EU, or even a worldwide span. However, I have no ...
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Is there a way to determine if hackathon ideas are ultimately patented?

Is there any way to find out if a patent application is connected to results from a hackathon? For example, it has been said that DropBox, Inc. filed two patent applications (password strength meter, ...