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Adding useful and unobvious functionality to existing patent

Alice owns the patent for a blood pressure measurement device consisting of three elements: A) a sensor B) a particular signal processing circuit (the juice of the novel and unobvious functionality) ...
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Can a weak patent application come back to haunt you?

Let's say I made an improvement on a device. After prior-art search the patent attorney advised that there is risk that a patent application would get rejected. However, my ego got best of me and I ...
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How is it decided whether an improvement or new use is good enough?

I'm planning to attempt patent for a software product that performs a very large range of operations, and there is nothing like it out there. However, I'm sure that out of the giant sea of patents on ...
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US20140312193A1 Is this an expired PPA or a non provisional patent?

I invented a similar idea years ago but never sold it or disclosed it publicly. ALthough I thought about patenting it in 2013 and could not find any anything similar at the time, I just didn't have ...
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Inventor improves own Patent issued 8 months ago

Inventor files new patent improving his own work in recently issued patent; uses novel new components and some existing components, can prove advantages. In the original patent issued inventor used ...
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How to prevent colleagues infiltrating my patent?

I disclosed a patentable concept to my employer and some other colleagues who were tasked to evaluate technical feasibility, they try to instead propose "improvements". This is despite ...
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Can I patent a minor improvement to YouTube?

I have an idea to tweak a minor feature on YouTube, and perhaps video sharing websites in general. Can I patent this feature? Of course, my intention would be to sell it to YouTube.
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Patenting an added ingredient as an improvement

Someone has an expired patent on a mixture that makes an oil painting medium. I will not use real names, but here are the ingredients of it Painting oil + Stone dust (gives medium a certain quality ...
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Patentability of language improvement

Is it possible to patent an improvement of a Programming language ( new method to write it) in order to sell the improvement to Microsoft or others. Thanks.
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At what stage is your idea patentable?

Currently, I have an idea to improve, re-design, or add a feature to an existing product. The product is a piece of wearable fitness garment. This additional feature is very simply to implement. Yet, ...
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How do companies like ARM handle improvements to their patent licenses?

I am trying to get a clearer picture of how companies like ARM manage to stay afloat with just IP/Royalties. Recently ARM licensed some of it's instruction sets to Apple in order to design/build the ...
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Does patent for an apparatus cover the individual sub-components as well?

My invention is a replacement part for an existing device, that results in novel functionality. My patent will claim: Existing device (A) + my novel component (B) = A novel apparatus (c) Will a ...
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How to get a patent on a design that already has a patent

I have and invented design improvement on a product that already has a patent on the product. Can I obtain my own patent for the new design on that product?
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combine 2 patents and package as my own?

Company A has a type of dispenser I want to use. Company B makes a product that is not dispensed via Company A's dispenser. I would like it to be. Is there any way for me combine these and make any ...
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Improvement or new invention

I filed a simple provisional application on an idea, weeks later i realized that i can do better with this invention, added new material, new attachment, added a catch, and added an other uses for the ...
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Modification and improvement of a patented product by the user of the product

Can a user of a patented product make changes to the product for their own use (not reselling product) in their business ? From drilling holes to lighten weight or making their own parts for the ...
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