Questions tagged [patentability]

For questions relating to the legal requirements necessary for applications to be granted a patent. Please include a tag relating to the relevant type of intellectual property protection you are asking about. There are invention patents, design patents and utility models. For an explanation of the differences, read the full tag description.

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Can you patent an idea that has not yet been produced

My team and I (UK based) are working with Graphene-based materials and have recently come up with an idea that we want to patent. However, we have not yet developed this idea into a functioning ...
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Is it normal in US to patent a device which does not exist yet?

In reference to the patent application 20190295733. I might be wrong, but as far as I know a working Plasma Compression Fusion Device wasn't made yet, although it is possible theoretically. However, ...
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Does Apple have patents on basic UIKit classes?

When it comes to UIs, many different UI toolkits exist such as Qt, GTK, Motif, and UIKit. So I would be surprised if it turned out that common features of UIKit which appear on many platforms as well ...
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Continuation Patent

When a continuation patent is approved, will the parent patent still hold the rights to sue others if a product infringe the parent application and not the continuation patent
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How to protect my idea/prototype at little or no cost?

I have an idea for a medical device that has been called "phenomenal" , "solid idea" etc...from medical professional friends of mine. Now I don't want companies in China to copy my idea...! Problem ...
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Can an improvised device made of used packaging be patented?

I'm using a so-called cantenna (antenna made of a used can) as an example. Suppose there's no evidence that anyone has tried a cantenna but antennas of similar design, just made of other materials, ...
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Patent Licensing Database?

I am working on a research project where, for a given number of patents (there are many) we would like to find licensing revenue information. Where can I find licensing information on patents? Are ...
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Design Patent for existing Utility Patent

Can an existing inventor get a design patent to protect their design if there is already an issued Utility Patent? US Based patent. If so, do you cite the Utility Patent in the Design Patent ...
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What is the best way to add co-inventor item in your CV

I am a co-inventor in a filed patent. I want to properly mark this in my CV. As far as I can understand the concept correctly, first of all, since I am one of number of inventors I am a "co-inventor". ...
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Restriction Requirement

What is the rationale behind writing the term inventions, species, or groups, while raising a restriction requirement. How these three nomenclatures (invention, group, and species) are different and ...
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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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Can a patentable but not fully developed method be protected?

Is it possible to protect a method which is otherwise patentable but which has so far been developed only in broad lines? In other words it is novel and applicable, but not fully teach-able yet. As ...
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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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For patent do you have to make your discovery public?

I have developed a website with a friend of mine, and the site is working. But it is not currently not in a form which is presentable to the public, which will take us a little bit longer to do. We ...
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Can you patent an DialogFlow Bot?

Dialogflow is a Google-owned developer of human–computer interaction technologies based on natural language conversations. The company is best known for creating the Assistant, a virtual buddy for ...
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Application rejected at examination stage - How to proceed best?

Some months ago I filed an application for a national patent (in an EU country). The examiner pointed out several amendments to be made, which I did after I discussed with him twice. Eventually the ...
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Is software developed in UK is patentable in US?

I work for a company in UK. This company is a branch of an american company. We have developed a software that resolves technical problems in an innovative way for the processing payments industry. I ...
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When can an examiner dismiss two independent claims if just one is allowable?

If a patent examiner tries to force a restriction on 1 of 2 independent claims, and the applicant elects to tie them together as obviously connected, is it legal for the examiner to dismiss both if he ...
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Open source software was used in an invention. What should one keep in mind while patenting it?

I have developed a fault tolerant control method which I am trying to get patented. I have used scipy and numpy in the simulations which serves as a proof of concept. Would the fact that I've used ...
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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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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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Prior art time relevance when filling continuing application

I was wondering whats considered a prior art when dealing with a continuing application? From reading online, once a continuing application is approved, it receives the allowance date of the original ...
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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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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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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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Patentability of a specific method of web content filtering

My friend is the creator and vendor of a web content filtering software. His clients are ISPs who then offer this service to their customers. Recently his clients received a very threatening "cease ...
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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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Can a business idea be patented (in India)?

I have a business idea which will take a year atleast to implement it. Just want to ask if a business idea is patentable or not (In India)?
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Patent Claim Interpretation

In patent claims why the clause 'based on' is considered to have a broader scope as compared to the other clauses (e.g. using, depending, etc.).
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How precise does a patent have to be when it is describing the usage of a neural network?

While preparing a presentation about metadata, I stumbled upon the following patent: Automatic extraction of metadata using a neural network. I have no experience with patents, but the strategies for ...
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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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Legality of filing before there is an agreement?

An acquaintance is in the following situation… Bob is a PhD student. His advisor would like him to patent his work in the medical field. Bob writes patent application. Advisor adds another ...
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Could i Patent something in the USA, not being USA citizen?

I want to Patent something in the USA,but i'm from Argentina. Could i Patent something in the USA if i'm not from the USA? Could it be done Online sending digital documents?
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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 a protocol for detection of acupuncture meridian blockage be patented?

I have developed an easy to use way to detecting blockages in the Chinese acupuncture meridian systems. Can this set of protocols be patented? If so, how do I go about doing it. Your comments and ...
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can I patent a patented invention in other countries before in The US now

I want to patent a patented invention in Korea dated on 2006 in US with my own name. Is It possible or not?
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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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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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What patent attorney did james dyson use on his bagless vaccum patent?

What patent attorney did James Dyson use on his bagless vacuum patent?
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Can a specific idea for art be protected or patented?

Can a specific idea for art be protected or patented? Example: I draw a funny cartoon of an employee falling asleep at a staff meeting. Then I add a phrase making the art even funnier (at least for ...
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Patenting/protecting the design of a mechanism within an assembly

Let's say I designed a machine that can fold any type of clothing and hypothetically, this mechanical solution does not exist anywhere else. If that same mechanism was also applicable in say the ...
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File one patent or many patents?

If my invention has several innovative features, is it best to file separate patents for each feature, or for the device as a whole, or both?
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New or Different Use Patent

I invented a cosmetic tool to be used for the hands and filed a provisional patent. However, I missed the 12-month deadline to convert the patent pending to a non-provisional patent. Can I reapply for ...
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Patent on work done in another Company

I have done something in a company, which has not been patented. Can I file a patent for the idea in another company?
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Is coding knowledge required to file a patent for an app?

I have an idea in my head and I know how it will work. I can write about it in detail along with diagrams. But the problem is I don't know how to code. Can I file a patent for it with this much detail ...
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I want to know the status of this patent EP2676544A1

EP2676544A1 Trying to find out what the status is of this patent
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How Could This Patent Possibly be Granted in the Face of Public Domain Prior Art?

In reference to the patent: US9247339 This patent appears to have been granted without proper due-diligence having been undertaken to review the prior art. For well over 50 years now every ...
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Patent for detect relation between html elements

I'm a programmer, and got a warning letter for patent infringement from a competitor's product company. My product is an Internet filter, and the relevant part - probably - is censoring negative ...
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Design Around Existing

I have been designing a device and acompanying software and recently found an extremely broad utility patent that has a claim that is very similar and covers the some of the general functionality of ...