Questions tagged [patent-infringement]

For questions involving the creation, use, sale, import or export of patented items without permission from the patent holder or any person legally entitled to grant a license. Also for questions regarding the legal implications for the patent holder or the infringer. If you are beeing sued or put on notice for patent infringement please note that this can cost A LOT of money, you should consult a patent attorney.

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Interpretation of apparatus having specific logic

Here is a patent (US10255656B2) that claims an apparatus with specific functionality. I would like to focus on the first claim for now: A multiprocessor comprising: a register file to store operands;...
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Independent and dependent claims relation

Is it possible to infringe a patent by infringing dependent claims and not independent claims? Does that mean I just need to check independent claims of a patent to be sure I don't infringe the patent?...
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What do I need to sign with my prototype maker before I file a patent?

I currently have an idea. First I need to make a prototype. What do I need to sign with the prototype maker, seamstress, so that it will legally bind her to not steal my idea and not tell anyone about ...
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Need help with understanding a term in a patent

Let us suppose there is a patent with the claim: "a method for performing machine learning technique on a device." How to interpret this term machine learning technique? There are many ...
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Do patents prevent individuals from making a product out of patented invention for personal use?

Do patents prevent individuals from making a product out of patented invention for personal use? If they do in fact prevent individuals from doing so, how can this be enforced?
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Does a specific material needed to be mentioned in your patent application?

My invention needs a material that is hard. Ideally, the hard material will be rocks or stone. However, anything hard will do. If I mention that rocks or stones are used, then if someone steals my ...
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Does Free license projects need to worry about patents?

I want to create a new OS which runs on a Micro-controller (like Raspberry pi pico). Only I must control every aspect of this project and I don't allow any contributor. I have plan to publish it with ...
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Is it legal for a patent owner to disallow use of technology?

Assume a patent owner disallows use of some patented technology by some company. Or business conditions of usage setted by the owner are unbearable for the company. Also the patented technology is not ...
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Patent explanation help

Can somebody please help me with understanding this patent. I am not sure does this patent forbid CPU-GPU synchronization at all. I am particularly interested in terms of parallel programming with ...
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NVIDIA's GPU Patent and use of CUDA

There is a patent from NVIDIA for utilizing GPU. If I want to use CUDA Toolkit in my program, which NVIDIA is giving for free, am I infringing the patent? I am not directly using the described method, ...
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Can a software emulation infringe a patent beginning "..a device to..", itself with existing sold hardware?

Recently, I decided to research a method of consolidating an expertise and researched any pre-existing tools which might already encapsulate my process or aid (be it software or hardware). I came ...
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How to check where a patent is valid and can it be used freely in another country?

I have found a patent (PCT/GB2014/000088 or WO2014147361A1) which also has the following related patent documents listed: CN105189237 **EP**2976240 KR1020150138257 US20160161950 JP2016520464 ...
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Seemingly Identical Patents with many different iterations

I've been looking into a specific piece of equipment called a 'present weather sensor' that uses a sensor looking at a sample in air to determine the visibility and current weather (i.e. rain, snow, ...
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How to protect against your patent attorney stealing your ideas?

So in order for me to file a patent for my ideas, I need to hire a patent attorney to write up the documents etc. This means that I must thoroughly reveal and describe my ideas to my attorney. How do ...
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Is my Grandfathers patent 243095 expired? Can heirs still claim it? Who was Commisioner of patents 1947?

It was application 725139. Lawyers were Clarence O'brien and Harvey Jacobson.
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Partial infringement of patent

I had an idea for a child safety product in early 2020. Between then and now (my idea is still in design stage) a similar product has appeared on the market. They have a patent application pending. ...
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If I extract a raw material using a patented invention in a country where it isn't patented, can I then export the material to countries where it is?

Basically, I operate in country X extracting aluminium. I use a process that is patented in countries A–P to extract this aluminium. Can I export that aluminium from country X to any of the countries ...
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Why no sue for using linked list?

I found a patent with active status apparently claimed the linked-list data structure. A computerized list that may be traversed in at least two sequences comprising: a first sequence of items that ...
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What will happen when a patented prior art is found after the patent is granted?

What will happen when a prior art is found after the patent is granted? A patent P was granted by USPTO and after the patent is published, a prior art PA of the P is found. Now what will happen to the ...
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Why not merging multiple patents to save money?

Why not merging multiple patents to save money? I often find single company, single inventor submitted multiple patents at the same time. We all know that, to apply for a patent companies need to ...
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Infringement under the Doctrine of Equivalents

I’ve been reading about the doctrine of equivalents, it is said that a product/process is said to be infringed under doctrine of equivalents if the substitute element of the accused product/process ...
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Does re-creating the scientific calculator casio fx-570MS as software application violate copyright law?

I'm trying to re-create the scientific calculator casio fx-570MS: My app on Android will look like this: The idea is I physically (no reverse engineering - that is no code touch, every code will be ...
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Material / Quantity specification

Let's assume we have a patent that describes a textile product containing > 30 % cotton. Would another aka the "same" product infringe this patent if: it would have 70 % cotton it would ...
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How would you find someone with expertise on selling to Patent Assertion Entities?

I've tried googling all sorts of different sentences trying to find information on PAEs. Nothing that comes up is of any use. Here is my situation: My patent was granted in 1 country, pending in ...
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Phenacetin as registered trade name

Phenacetin [acetophenetidin] was patented by Bayer in 1889 [US 400,086] - the only country to award this chemical a patent; the name was a trade name in most countries, and its use as a generic term ...
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Hypothetical: Patent Infringement without a Manufactured/Marketed Product

I am relatively new to the world of patenting and IPs, and I had a quick question for the following hypothetical scenario. Say that I submitted a patent only to find out later that someone else has ...
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times of deviation US8708791B2 [closed]

I read the patent multiple times but getting confused with the claim point "analyzing, by the at least one game server, the game play data to determine individual players' typical gaming styles ...
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Patents dependent on other patents

The announcement that President Biden has backed a temporary but "narrow waiver" on COVID-19 vaccines seems like a win for all. However, if a pharmaceutical company is forced to waive its ...
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what is meant by "Deemed withdrawal of patent application after publication" ? is the patent still holds or its withdrawn?

i am working to sell a product whose patent search results show that "Deemed withdrawal of patent application after publication (patent Law 2001)" someone please explain this to me
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How common is it for public companies in US to sue each other regarding patent?

I want a rough estimate and does not really need the exact number. Is it more than 500 per year overall? more than 100? So I want to know how common is it for these companies to litigate each other.
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Is each step in a claim separately protected?

In order to infringe on a US patent, does every step of at least one claim need to be implemented or is each step in a claim separately protected?
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When the product as-sold is unpatentable but the product as-used is patented

Consider two inventions: X and X+Y. For the sake of argument, assume that X is not patentable (prior art), but the combination of X+Y is patentable. The problem: In practice X must be sold by itself. ...
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Can someone sell part of my patent claim?

I have an improvement to a product. Let's call the improvement "A" and the product "B". Improvement A is not novel, product B is not novel. The way A & B are combined is novel. ...
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Importance of configuration descriptions in a claim

I am looking into a new project for which there are a few similar technologies described in patents, but nothing that includes every novel feature I have in mind. However, one of them is written in an ...
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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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How can I estimate the level of freedom to operate?

If a medical device has been patented which mentions in the first claim, a particular material for specific reasons and I manage to patent the same medical device which mentions in the first claim, a ...
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Decision on final office action amendment in regards to potential infringements

In order do make a final office action allowable, I need to amend independent claim 1 which broadly claims a rotating device specific to the art which would cover most potential infringements. The ...
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Non-provisional patent - Examiner error

Base of problem Let's assume timelines as follows. Application examiner just makes error during search. He didn't see that in their database there is provisional patent application for same thing. ...
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Provisional vs Non-provisional patent dates

Lets say I file a provisional patent at December 2020 with claim A. Some company B decides to file a application for non provisional patent with the same claim A at January 2021, because my ...
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If my patent is being infringed could I work for the company vs. requesting royalties or cease and desist?

I found a company who is violating about 4 of my claims. But I like the direction they're going and I kind of wasn't going to sell it. So how would it go if I chose to work for them? do you think they ...
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Someone claimed patent Infringment but didn't have a patent?

I run a startup company. I thought i came up with a great product and everything was great. Then one day i received an email of someone claiming to have a PPA of that same product and to cease selling ...
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Global ethical implications of a US patent

I would like to understand the ethics of Patents. There is a product that is currently sold worldwide, with a patent in the US only. If I was to sell the same product (diff. logo) in the UK/EU, what ...
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Patent infringement: pushing vs pulling

Suppose an accused product implements all but one of the elements in claim 1: The invention claimed is: A storage system comprising: a platform containing a plurality of container stacks...; a ...
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Would I be infringing on a patent with a accessory for the patented design?

I have created a fooseball table (table soccer) accessory / design improvement depending on the aspect of which I can legally pursue also variation of product installation or the incorporation of the ...
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Factors influencing patentability

• How unique or vague can the intellectual property to be patented be? • Is it possible to patent improved versions of pre-existing patents that aren't necessarily owned by the patentee? If yes, are ...
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My Australian patent is being copied in Australia for sale overseas

My product is covered by my Australian patent but another Australian company has copied it and are manufacturing it in Australia and selling it overseas to a country I have no patent rights, are they ...
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Is it possible for me to develop a lawnmowing technology incorporating Object Avoidance

I am currently trying to create a lawn mowing robot which also uses Object Detection. Does the following patent prohibit me from doing this? http://www.freepatentsonline.com/9563204.html
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"Flash of Genius" Intermittent Windshield Wipers

In the movie "Flash of Genius," which covered the long 1960-70's law suit involving intermittent automobile windshield wipers, it seemed that the individual parts (wipers, control box, electrical ...
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Is it possible for a ridiculously simple invention to infringe an existing patent?

When searching if there was a patent covering this product: https://www.frownies.com/collections/facial-patches/products/facial-patches-forehead-between-eyes ... which is basically a piece of tape to ...
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