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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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Patenting for Arduino based invention

I created a gadget using Arduino. I used libraries which are under GPL licence. I want to know about is, can I get a patent for my invention? Can I use this gadget for a commercial purpose?
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Project weelchair vertic university

In reference to the patent: US20050088024 good afternoon, I am a student of the master course integrated in mechanical engineering at the University of Minho and I am completing my final project, ...
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1917 Patent US1239172 A

I just found this patent from Sept. 4, 1917 that my Great Grandfather designed and filed for patent in 1916. How would I find out if it was bought, used, etc.?
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Im looking to patent a board game

In reference to the patent: US7255348 I am also looking to patent a board game with an 8 sided board, but the game is seemingly of no similarity to mine, would the 8 sided board be an issue for me ...
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If someone else invents and patents a design 5 years after you've been selling the same design

can they make you stop selling your own invention? Can they make you pay them licensing fees for something you designed way before they did? I designed a unique baby outfit in 2008 and started selling ...
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Patenting a new use for a known product

Can I re-patent corrugated garden edging if it were to be used for another purpose? For example, instead of being used for garden or lawn edging, it could be for use to redirect rain or storm water ...
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How can I protect my idea outside the US?

I have an idea on my mind related to a feature on a mobile that can help someone in their life. I am outside of the USA. How can I protect my idea and where can I register it so later no mobile ...
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Can a contract override a previous patent?

Forgive me if this question makes no sense or seems trivial; my profession is in molecular biology, so I am here from the Biology Stack Exchange and know very little about patents. I am wondering ...
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Claiming of all patentable material in patent

My patent may have several types of new inventions within it. If I get a patent on my one invention do I have some type of patent rights over those other novel features in the invention or do I ...
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Combining two claims for two inventions in one patent

I was informed by the patent agent that I work with that I can combine two related inventions in one patent if they function together and use similar features. He said that by combining the two I ...
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Software invention with multiple aspects and method

In a software invention, if you describe two or more aspects of the invention. Are those aspects referred to as methods or they are defined as the method of the invention which cannot be divided. ...
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Two aspects of the same invention and one aspect is not unique

Ok, so suppose I have an iOS patentable application. The app consists of two components let us name them Com1 and Com2. Com1 is simply a normal means of input that takes input from the user of the app ...
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Software invention with two components

So, assume I have an iOS application with two components. Let us call those C1 and C2. C1 takes input from the user and does some calculations then stores it for C2 to do more calculations and display ...
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validity of patent and regions covered

In reference to the patent: WO2002019867A1 Is this patent still valid and if so when does it expire? Does it cover U.S.?
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Protecting intellectual property in the EU

I’m doing an intership in pharmaceutical company. I have made a Linux shell script which uses some open source tools to turn a some time-consuming copy and paste work into a couple of seconds of ...
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Can i publish a paper on a concept for which I filed a patent recently and got the application number

I have recently filed an Indian patent and got my application number.. Is it ok for me to publish a research on the same now, by mentioning application number in my publication?
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To patent a technology on a smart device and a yet to be made apparatus

I am reading on some patents and I want to make sure I understand them right. Let us follow my example which is a custom vibrator. I have no plans on making a patent over it, I am just using it as an ...
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Prior existing technology patented

In reference to the patent: EP3118774A1 I am working in the same field, and it seems to me that this patent is similar to a technology already existing since 2001. developed by HP: http://www.hpl.hp....
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Repatenting someone else's dropped provisionals

My question is, can anybody provide any part of the US patent law proving or disproving the statement that: Dropped and unpublished provisionals do not impede novelty of other inventions? And how ...
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How important are claims in provsional patents

Is it important to mention the claims in a provisional patent and how will the claims affect the non-provisional patent if I decided to make it within a year? I have read that you cannot mention the ...
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What do companies mean when they say your idea has to be patent or potentially patentable?

Does it mean that it simply must be able to become patent, and not have a similar patent already filed?
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What is the the scope of this patent

In reference to the patent: US9383820 Hello, I want to understand the scope of this patent. From what I saw they are patenting custom vibration patterns in relation to creation of alerts. Though, I ...
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Is patent protection limited to ONLY what is described in one of the claims?

If one has a patent in which a formulation procedure (delivery system) for a class of drugs, and specifically for one member of that class of drugs is described can statements made in 3-4 different ...
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Can a patent include a claim that is encompassed by an “abstract” claim rejected in a different pending application?

There is a pending patent that has a number of very abstract claims which are currently being denied for being "abstract ideas" (although the inventor may appeal at some point). I am currently working ...
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A specifc question regarding mobile apps patenting

I have a new idea for a mobile app that I have developed and finished developing. The idea is unique and new. I know about the three conditions to patenting mobile applications and my app meets them. ...
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A question regarding micro entity terms

I know that I meet the first condition where I have 0 patent filings. Also, my revenue is less than 10 thousand dollars a year. Though, I do not understand the third term. Can someone explain to me ...
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Patenting existing product in a package of single unit

Is package of single unit of a known product patentable? assuming that this product does not exists or sold in a single unit. also this product currently sold to organizations and companies and not ...
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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 legal validity

In reference to the patent: US1594978 I'd like to know, if the such patent is still covered by the copyright laws and, then, if its replicability is still allowed for the development of similar ...
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Is there a patent for water flow sensing and leak detection in Pipes?

I am working on project which aims at making a device which can calculate the amount of water flowing through the pipe (to calculate water usage by a user). The device will be connected to the main ...
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what if i use other people invention is part of my own invention

i have an idea to create a machine that use electric motor (which is an invention that is created by someone else long time ago). do i have to pay the electric motor inventor some money to be eligible ...
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Redesign of ref#112 knob

In reference to the patent: US20090199918 The adjustment knob 112 pulls up from a locked position to rotate for pressure adjustment and pushed down to return to locked position. This knob is used ...
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Could I allow the public to build proof of concept while protecting my patent rights?

I have filed a provisional patent for my holographic system. This is a field crowded with, sometimes literally, smoke and mirrors, systems that fail to work, or deliver the promised effect. This has ...
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Patent Troll Alert PCT/US2016/031871

In reference to the patent: WO2016186925A1 CLAIMS We claim: 1. A method of performing upscaling, the method comprising: parsing an input video; breaking the input video into individual frames; ...
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Can I get a patent from a device which was made with open source parts?

Can I get a patent for a device which was made with open source parts? I have some concept of a device but it's made with Arduino and other (Arduino-friendly) components. Is it possible to pass all ...
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Should I Seek a Utility or Design for a Software Heavy Invention?

I am monkeying around with a device that its uniqueness is a combination of hardware and software, but the software is the predominant feature. The 'old' device is a hardware item that connects with ...
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Long arm quilting machines have been on the market for over 40 years

In reference to the patent: WO2015015158A1 Can you get a patent for a product that sells in high volume on the market over the past 40 years?
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Was this patent from 1919 reissued? It looks like nothing new was added

The following patent was issued in 1919. I believe that the original patent was not renewed. I am trying to understand if the the original patent in all of its definitions was reissued to the new ...
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I authored a new mathematical theorem so: Is it patentable, is scholarly publication an advantage, where should I patent it?

I have created new mathematical theorem. I don't know of its advantage or application. I am confident that it will be advantageous in the future so due to that reason I have 3 questions: Is a theorem ...
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How can I Patent features, functions, and devices without details?

I invented a chair with a mechanism that has functions and features ( using a controller ). The problem is there are a lot of ways or designs to make each detail. I wrote the provisional patent ...
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What is different in this claim from US7160405B2 Marcel Aeschlimann?

In reference to the patent: WO2016054751A1 What, in this claim is different from the following? (same applicant...extending life of the patent?) Integral joining Grant US7160405B2 Marcel Aeschlimann ...
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Can I file patent for my new Automated Teller Machine?

As part of my degree project ,I designed an automated teller machine by adding and removing some of the existing and new features of automated teller machine and the simulated using visual studio.Can ...
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Is this patent valid? Or just granted and never used

In reference to the patent: US8602429 Is this patent Valid? There are a lot of manufactures wordwide who sells exact this product. Can someone check for me if there are any issues going on with this ...
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Does a photography need a patent?

I do not know to much about this domain. Bud if I want to register a photography made by mine, I need a patent for it?
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Applying for a patent after one has lapsed

I am interested in applying for a patent and found a similar one that has lapsed. May I apply for mine as a new one even though it is similar?
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How does Apple file a patent for a paper shopping bag?

Apple's new "iBag" I picked this up reading some blog. Why... is this even allowed? It's a paper bag with a handle.
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This patent appears to fail the “obviousness” test

In reference to the patent: US20150308983 It is questionable whether is patent may be patent-able. Apart from the Cointrust app that does an acoustic test for the authenticity of coins, precious ...
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is this patent still enforceable?

In reference to the patent: US5991151 is this patent still valid and upheld or has it lapsed?
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Costs for patents in Europe for software or online-service

I'm currently not entirely sure if I can get a patent on my "idea" at all, yet I think I might, but if so I wouldn't know at the moment in what kind of group my patent would be considered in. However,...
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Can a patent that cannot work be considered prior art?

I spent four years developing a patent-able idea, but there already is a U.S. patent that claims to produce exactly the same result but has a critical flaw that renders it inoperable. Any person ...