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Questions tagged [novelty]

For questions relating to "novelty," as related to patents. Specifically, the bar for novelty in patents and patent applications, and interpretations thereof.

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How could a patent have been issued for a composite knife blade?

Turns out there's a US 2008/0250656 A1 patent for a composite knife blade - a knife blade made of two pieces - one containing the area near cutting edge and the other containing the rest of the blade -...
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What is differences between us8216392 and us7445677? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: is there an infringement between this patent and lufthansa us8216392 patent? us8216392 patent produced "cyclean" you can google for images and us7445677 drawings are very ...
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Idea that is similar but not identical to an existing patent: how do I evaluate the novelty?

I came up with an idea similar to this one (us20070091093) around the same time and I've read this patent pretty thoroughly. They cover a large part of what my idea is, but I have differences in ...
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Can a patent be refiled after 20 years with slight changes and additions?

In the process of seeking a patent on a domino-style game, I found a game with a lot of physical likeness to mine. That game was patented around 1950. Can I still file a patent since that patent has ...
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Prior art for Apple's Magsafe

Having read through the claims of Magsafe patent #7311526, I am not sure how it differs from previous examples of magnetic power connectors. What exactly is the novelty being claimed in that ...