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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What can we do if a manufacturer in China copy our US patented product and sell them directly to US end user through E commerce

What can we do if a manufacturer in China copied our US patented product and constantly sell their copies to US buyers through international E commerce platform? This Chinese company does not have a ...
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Does the GS1 MCS industry guideline use US patent 8228198?

In March, 2012, all of the UHF Gen2 RFID chip manufacturers agreed to support Multi-vendor Chip-based Serialization (MCS), a voluntary implementation of a GS1 guideline for encoding 96-bit Serialized ...
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Is this patent US only?

I'm unclear on what does patent US D781711S claim & specifically in which region. I've talked with some mates that have studied patent law & they seem as puzzled as me. Anyone care to help? ✌️
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Multi dependent claims (Uses and Advantages)

What is the significance of multi dependent claims in infringement analysis? What are the advantages in claiming multi dependent claims over normal claims?
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What are the patents that UCSB have on LED filaments?

I've seen several news articles saying that University of California Santa Barbara is suing five retailers for making "vintage edison LED bulbs" using patented LED filament technology without a ...
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What happens if I use some trade secret invention and later someone independently patents it?

Suppose I invented some clever way to manufacture transistors and don't disclose it (keep it a trade secret). I start a company and start producing and selling transistors without telling the public ...
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Can someone patent their product with a solution I designed?

I was presented with a possible invention the way the person presented the product there were many problems. I went away and came up with a design that would work for his requirement. At no time did ...
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Third party preissuance for a rejected application

I have come across a patent that was granted 9 months + 10 days ago, the patent is very obvious but it was somewhat restricted in its implementation. I have now seen that the inventor filed another ...
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Does this patent refer to adding any kind of magnet to eyelashes?

In reference to the patent: US20160206031 I just wanted to know if, given this patent, other companies are allowed to sell magnetic eyelashes? Does the patent cover the addition of any kind of magnet ...
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Will there be any downside if I show my patent claims to my infringer before publication?

I already published my paper. [After filing provisional application] A big company seems like copied my work from my paper and they are about to release their product in few months. The reason I ...
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How to determine Canadian patent life-time?

Is patent CA 2561773 A1 still valid or pending? Event shows: dead in 2008 Please inform of risk of patent infringement.
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Does an intermediate step considered as patent infringement?

An existing patent uses step A, B, C in the independent claim. My invention inserts a non-obvious step X before step C. So my invention looks like this. A, B, X, C Can the existing patent owner sue ...
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How to know if someone infringes your patent?

I want to patent a methodology for computing an important value, which is often reported by companies. My methodology gives a much better estimate of this value. The patent application attornies asked ...
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Is it permissable to manufacture a replacment part that fits in a patented product?

I wish to produce a replacement control board which is designed to fit directly in to a patented handheld machine control pendant. The new circuit board will replace a membrane switch control board ...
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MPEP and Case Laws

How patent Examiners either memorize or manage themselves while citing all the relevant case laws and sections of MPEP during issuance of an Office Action?
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Under “first to file” law, doesn't that mean someone can patent-troll any currently existing product?

If "first to file" is the only thing that matters, then it doesn't matter even if the product already exists. Say a patent troll picks a popular product already in use by millions of people. They see ...
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Effect of remaining term length

Is going against prior art that conflicts with my patent or product with 10 years remaining or 10 days remaining the same? edit: If in my invention or product uses an invention that was previously ...
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beelinereader patent coverage

I am a fan of beelinereader, I want to use same idea to implement a reader app,in their website it is written that their technology is patented as here https://patents.google.com/patent/...
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Legal ramifications of including research algorithms in software products sold to clients

If I am a UK-based software vendor or 'software as a service' company, what are the legal implications of including academic research algorithms in products sold to European and international clients? ...
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What Exactly Is It That Is Covered By This Resource Mechanic Patent?

In reference to the patent: US7216870 Does this mean that one cannot create a game that allows players to gain a resource when playing a card? Or would making resource accumulation as part of a ...
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Dependent claim from invalid independent claim

I'm following an Inter Partes Review where the petitioner is trying to invalidate every independent claim of a patent based on prior art. If this is successful, some dependent claims will remain. ...
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Can a company sue for patent infringement if they aren't actively using the patent?

I am currently looking into launching a product, and did some patent research. There is a patent for an idea similar to mine (enough for my idea to infringe some of the claims), but the company doesn'...
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How to counter a pending application

Following a question that appeared here before, What are the ways to fight\counter a pending application? I know you can file a third party preissuance, but what if it is past the date of eligible ...
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Can someone patent someone else's invention?

In the history, invention conflicts were on who has patented an invention sooner. This is the subject of stealing an invention. Consider one has published an invention in any kind of media, can this ...
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Commercial product using GANs

I am thinking of creating a commercial product using GAN neural networks. How can I find out if the work done so far by others on which I will build upon is not patent protected. I would not want to ...
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Patent Claim Drafting

why in US a preemptive claim is patent ineligible and why the absence of complete preemption also does not demonstrate that a claim is eligible.
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Hello dear community, I am a third party seller on Amazon, and I received an infringement complaint stating my product infringes on a design patent

From the images depicted in a design patent, from what I know about the design patents, I can clearly see that designs are different, as well as the materials. Am I right? Can I defend the claim that ...
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EPO Continuation Application

Similar to CON and CIP application in US, is it allowed to file a continuation application with new subject matter in EPO ?
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Same usecase, different method - is this infringement?

So we are a cash strapped startup with almost zero budget for a proper FTO. We have done a patent landscape analysis in order to get an idea of similar patents. To date, we can't find any similar ...
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infringing on a patented “tangible” algorithm?

I have 2 questions regarding algorithm "tangibility". Let me give an example. Suppose I had this great algorithm for music processing, and at the heart of the algorithm is this special set of ...
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Claim Interpretation 35 USC 112

Is it possible to use Claim interpretation under 112 sixth paragraph (35 USC 112 (f)) only for patent invalidation without using 112 second paragraph (35 USC 112 (b))?
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[In]Validity of Patents

Does every patent invalidity search is conducted to overcome the threat of infringement suits imposed by their competitors? Can parties invalidate patents of their competitors without showing concerns ...
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where can i fetch the PDF for the reference AU2018900444A0

Since the reference AU2018900444A0 is published and assigned to Resmed, where can i fetch the PDF for the said reference. Your help will be appreciated.
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Adding onto an existing Patent

So, I came up with an idea, and after some research, I've identified someone doing it already and they own a patent. My idea has some variances, but they are similar. I'd like to avoid disclosing ...
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“Importing” into Patent-Issuing Country

I have a patent for a controllable-pitch propeller. I have filed successfully in the US and the patent should issue shortly. For various reasons, I did not file in foreign countries. My question is,...
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US App Developer Patent Troll Avoidance Checklist — To Release In The USA or not?

If a US-based software developer distributes their application worldwide everywhere except the US, is the developer immune from infringement suites from patent trolls in the US? Does this affect ...
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US App Developer Patent Troll Avoidance Checklist — Publishing as individual vs as Company

I am working on a checklist (or list or strategies to consider) for new individual developers residing in the US who are about to release their first app, but are worried about patent trolls. Whether ...
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US App Developer Patent Troll Avoidance Checklist — If a mobile app is free (donation only), does that indemnify against patent trolls? [duplicate]

I am working on a checklist (or list or strategies to consider) for new individual developers residing in the US who are about to release their first app, but are worried about patent trolls. Whether ...
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Can the same patent be extended to a new country without one of the original co-author

Back in 2017 I signed a patent contract with the company in which I used to work as one of the co-authors of an invention that was going to be patented in Europe. In this contract I was forced (...
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Waiting for my application to be processed

I have applied for a provisional patent on USPTO website. The USPTO people told me that it will take between 4-6 weeks untill they process my application, and in a meanwhile I cannot disclosure my ...
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Can I sell a product online (based out of Canada), if there is a patent on this same product in US?

I was in the process of starting an online business then found a company already selling this same product in US. On their website it says they have a patent pending on it. How would this affect my ...
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Invention Protection for a Device With Two Different Mechanisms

If there is a device -I know that it have never been existed before- that can be implemented by two different mechanisms, lets say one rotary and the other is a linear movement mechanism. And they are ...
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Can industrial processes described in patents be replicated in Not-for-profit organisations without a license?

I wonder if the processes described in patents can be replicated in not-for-profit organisation, that is, organisations that by statutory contract do not aim to commercialise a "copied" version of ...
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Is it necessary to define the expected usage scenario for a patent?

Let's say PERSON A has a patent idea for a new type of golf club... and in their patent application, they say the reason for the invention is that golfers need a better tool to do x,y, and z to help ...
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how to judge if anyone infringes my invention?

My invention has A, B, C and D components and they are connected with each other with that order. Somebody claims to have a new invention with an addition component Z with my invention: Case 1: If ...
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Can a patent be granted if the idea infringes?

I understand that patents are a "negative right," but... Is it a reasonable assumption that patents aren't granted if they infringe on prior patents? Is there any precedent where a product (that is ...
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Where is the line between hardware and software?

Lets say that someone creates an mobile app (Android/IOS) that is identical in function to a TI-85 calculator... in fact it is a perfect representation of it and identical in function and appearance ...
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Does disclosure of an invention forever bar anyone (except you) from patenting it?

If someone discloses/markets a genuinely new (patentable) idea without patenting it (allows 12-months to go by without filing a provisional), does that mean that noone else will ever be able to patent ...
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Have patent trolls ever gone after an individual?

When publishing mobile apps, both on Android and IOS, one has the choice of registering as an individual, or as a company -- presumably an LLC. Is it legal to assert a patent against an individual ...
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Patent enforcement

Can a US company which does not hold a patent for a product or method sell a US patented product or use a US patented method overseas without a licensing agreement? Is a US patent enforceable against ...