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Questions related to a particular procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic or established one.

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Is it possible to patent an operational workflow in EU?

I am designing a process something like "order online and collect" or "load parcels to a van in the order of the destinations to make unloading easier" (if these were novel). Is it ...
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I would like to protect a technique I use to teach meditation

I have a method I use for teaching meditation that I would like to patent, or at least protect. Suggestions?
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Can I answer a 112 rejection of a method claim by making it less specific?

A patent with the composition claims has already issued (11,090,320), and this is a divisional. My main method claim as filed has the steps of (among others)— Original claim -- A method for reducing ...
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Can it be patentable?

Lets say, there is prior art PA whose claim is a method comprising steps A -> B -> C -> D. The method is used in a complex system S, as a part along with many other different components of ...
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How to define a custom term in a patent claim?

How to define a custom term in a patent claim? I want to define a custom term in my claim and the term will be used in later parts of the claim. For example, A method of an electronic device, ...
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Is it possible to have the total freedom to operate for a method patent?

If a method is patented and to conduct this method, you need to build a device that has been patented in the past although not in the exact shape and form nor for the same use, will you be having ...
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Chess training method

Can I get a patent for a chess game training method that involves a specific approach to the learning process? If possible what will be the cost? Best regards, Grigor
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Method of fabrication patents, Is it okay to import from abroad?

If I patent a method of fabrication, can someone else manufacture the product overseas and import it?
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Method Claims vs. Means Plus Function

There seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding means-plus-function claims. From what I can gather a means-plus-function claim gives coverage to any methodology of achieving the prescribed claim ...
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A dependent claim that modifies just one aspect of the independent claim

Say there's an independent claim broken down into several steps: A method for ...., comprising the steps of: (a) .... (b) .... (c) .... Now let's say that a dependent claim is to be written such ...
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method patent: sub-method dependency

Suppose a method patent that consists of: step A, step B, step C, step D We're disclosing how to perform each step. Step C involves performing a sub-method to perform step C. This step C can be ...
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Patent the Code, Software or both?

I have not patented anything an am new to this. I have a language learning methodology by learning by an online platform. We use our own methodology developed by us and the platform was developed from ...
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What is a method, what is a system, and what are the differences?

Very strange but I have researched this all over the web and so far have found no answer to this question. I even asked the law firm that is writing my patent application and they have hedged on the ...
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Are Patents Given to Common Practices?

In reference to the patent: US3228773 This is a common practice so if it is patented does this mean that no one else can use this process? That's absurd.
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Advice and Clarification on Method claim

I would like to get some clarification regarding how method claim works. I’m developing a diagnostic system in the line of invention described in http://www.google.com/patents/WO2014201088A1?cl=en . ...
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Understanding divided infringement in method claims

This question might be too detailed for this site, but I will give it a shot... This question relates to divided infringement and when a method claim will have multiple actors. Consider the following ...
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Should I use math notation in a patent application in light of Alice decision.

I use some math notation in my software/method patent application to make the description precise. I am not claiming any mathematical operations. Could it be that just the usage of math notations ...
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role of "processor" in software method claims

I am wondering if I should explicitly refer to processor in software method claims, like "...comprising executing on a processor the steps of..." or it is enough to say "computer-implemented method" ...
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If I claim a specific method in a utility patent, do my more general methods also get protected?

I'm considering patenting a method (a business model + software + UI, for use on personal computers). The method itself and the functions included in the method can be accomplished in various ways, ...
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Patenting a method using just flow charts

Is is possible to write a decent patent using "only flow charts" to describe a novel method that can be incorporated into larger software systems?
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How to Use Patented Method Without Infringing?

I would like to use the method disclosed (via claims) in this patent for my invention http://www.google.com/patents/US8568309 . That is, I am creating a glucometer, using this inventor's method for ...
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Question concerning Ebola Patent

This is a question concerning patent ca2741523a1. Okay, now that Ebola is breaking out and spreading everywhere I want to know if this patent which publicly lists compositions and methods thereof for ...
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A method claim dependent on an apparatus claim? (US7873522)

Regarding patent US7873522 (Measurement of spoken language training, learning and testing): I would like to know why dependent claim 18 begins "The method of claim 17..." when claim 17 is not a ...
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A patent with both apparatus (i.e. system) and method?

I read a while back that one's goal should be a patent that is a method, a system and a means (I don't quite know what a means is). Is this actually a good goal? I also read that all the steps of a ...
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Software Patents: Claiming as a METHOD vs as a SYSTEM?

Software patents could be described in claims as methods or as systems. One cannot claim damages for infringement of METHODS until the method is used (e.g. when the software is run). But, one can ...
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Is this patent strong?- Novelty video device and method - 8011122

Is patent US 8011122 B2, a Novelty Video Device and Method, valid or could this patent be easily circumvented? To my understanding the underlying components and software could be completely ...
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Patentable Subject Matter in US 7396654 as claimed

Any Prometheus v. Mayo issues with this?
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Turning an existing description of a system into a description of a method

This question is a continuation on the results of Detailed description of a system to suit system and method claims. Notice too I'm the guy of What are the risks of writing a patent specification ...
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Can I include a "method and apparatus claim" for a patent filed in the UK?

Can I include a "method and apparatus claim" for a patent filed in the UK? I'm developing a system that uses augmented reality in novel ways. All the patent prior art that I can find involves method ...
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