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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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A cure for a disease. What next?

I have invented a medicine for a very popular skin disease. After some googling I learned that there is not a known cure. This medicine is made from extraction of a chemical change of a certain plants....
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How to check whether the invention is already patented

Suppose i have invented something useful. before applying for a patent is there any way which will help me in identifying whether the invention is already patented or not.
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Preparing to file a patent application

This is a multiple part question. Besides patenting what steps should one take to protect an idea? Besides pictures, and documents with dates. If the idea of a product is what makes it new, does one ...
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Non-technical description for software patency?

What is a good example of a brief description on software patency? Essentially, I'd like a way to communicate what may be patentable and what may not be. I get asked a lot about software patency and ...
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Is it available?

In reference to the patent: US5771607 Hello, I would want to know the legal status of this patent?
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Reviving a product, with a patent, that has not be produced in over 40 years?

How could one revive a product with a patent that has not been created in over 40 years? The company that has the patent does not and has not made the product in over 40 years, and I would like to ...
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Pseudoscience and bad medicine

So, one can patent snake-oil treatments now? "Neurocutaneous syndrome" as Amin uses the term is not recognized as a real condition by any medical or scientific authority. He is the only person on ...
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Can I share my patent with my professor?

I'm working on an invention, and currently stuck on a problem, I know the solution to, but don't know how to build it, and I'm asking a professor at my university for help. If he helped me, does he ...
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If I modify an existing product in a way that broadens its use, can I patent the whole thing or just my modification?

For example, if I take an existing pet training device and make modifications that allow it to be used in a new way (but also for pet training), can I patent the entire device, or just my ...
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Invention's legal assignee no longer exists; can I patent?

If inventions or ideas were created while employed at a company that uses the "standard" policy of having all inventions created by an employee assigned to the company, the company has not patented ...
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Can this patent on fecal transplant be granted?

In reference to the patent: WO 2014/121298 A2 This is a treatment method in human medicine and thus a patent could not be granted - at least here in Sweden. Correct? The effects of bacterial ...
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Leitner system Patent

The leitner system has been invented in 1970 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leitner_system but Adaptively-spaced repetition which is the base of Leitner system has been registered in google patents in ...
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Can this be an actual patent?

In reference to the patent: US6546397 This patent appears overly broad. Basically, it is saying anyone who creates a website that utilizes a database and a backend interface is infringing. I can ...
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Employee inventions not yet patented by legal assignee; possible to patent?

If inventions or ideas were created while employed at a company that uses the "standard" policy of having all inventions created by an employee assigned to the company, and the company has not ...
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Cannot see the information about cut-off frequency? [closed]

In reference to the patent: US7312598 As title, only see the description about phase margin > 60 degree, but cannot see the cut-off frequency in Fig 3 & 4. May I ask where the location of 0dB ...
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Are reinventions patentable?

Suppose company A invented X, but kept it a trade secret. If then company B reinvents X, either using reverse engineering, or completely independently, can company B patent it, and if so, can company ...
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Why wouldn't they include the power of a working prototype?

In reference to the patent: US 2014/0276685 A1 In the description of patent is not quantified the power required for hair cutting. The discussion about the required wavelengths is meaningless without ...
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App idea i need to copyright or patent

What is the process i can take to either patent or copyright an idea for a smartphone app? How can I present my idea to a company like google or apple?
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Can this patent be rejected?

I have an Indian (utility) patent pending (filed in November 2014) for a process related to improved aircraft engine type/class. I am thinking of filing a PCT International application for the same (...
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Can it be a patent?

I have an Indian (utility) patent pending (filed in November 2014) for a process related to improved aircraft engine type/class. I am thinking of filing a PCT International application for the same (...
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Cost to draft and file patent application in the U.S.?

I'm a non-american individual who wants to apply for patent in USA. My invention is related to energy generation. How much will it cost? Why is working with a patent attorney so expensive? Will ...
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Is there a patent for an ostomy pouch

I'm interested in designing clothes with an ostomy pouch in them. But I need to know if the pouch is a patent.
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Can you patent something that does not have a patent but is in use?

Can you patent something that does not have a patent but is in use in non obvious way?
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Air dryer deflector plate.

I want to patent a simple metal plate that would redirect the air from an exhaust port of an air dryer. It would deflect the air from the ground to the sides. It has already been invented. But mine ...
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Can I patent something that is already sold in another country?

Can I get a US patent on something that is already created in Asia?
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Can I patent a product that has already failed?

I am looking to launch a product which has already existed in Australia but failed to make any money at the time. The product was created around 3 years ago but the company seems to have ceased ...
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Can someone explain to me exactly what part of this is patentable?

In reference to the patent: US 2013/0233002 A1 Can someone explain to me exactly what part of this is patentable?
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Facebook was discussing about this patent in other blog, how can we find out what they are looking for?

In reference to the patent: US20150033147 I see in other blog that Facebook and twitter inquired about this patent, how can we find out that how big company search for which / type of patent?
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How can pseudo-science be patentable?

In reference to the patent: WO 2008/097922 A3 How can a patent office/examiner accept such pseudo-scientific literature? There is no rational basis here, thus no “intellectual” property. It looks ...
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Can you patent an existing bacteria without any modifications?

In reference to the patent: US7244424
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Is it possible to obtain a patent on a technology I am already selling?

As part of software product I needed a software utility (library) that I could not find so I built it from scratch. I think it is unique and has some value and for sure I want to protect it. Since it ...
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Can a claim be rejected if it lacks a clause that Prior Art includes?

Prior Art: A system which detects X and makes an alarm Claim: A system which detects X
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Can I patent a time machine?

Can I make a request of patent for a time machine that has as principle the use of the gravity?
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Can I broaden a patent while it is tested to work with specific conditions and environment?

Suppose that I am going to file a patent about defect detection of a specific equipment based on machine vision (even its technology belongs to X company) I implemented the system and it works for ...
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Patenting a New Paradigm for Search Engines

I want to file a US patent for a new paradigm of search engines. But I don't know whether it is considered abstract and thus is it patentable or not? I explain it by an example. Just as an example ...
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How can I protect a new form of physical fitness, using conventional workout routines and moves, on an non-conventional surface?

How do I protect two new ideas for getting fit? The work outs themselves are, for the most part, common practice in gyms during floor routines, aerobic classes, and step workouts. Only the surfaces on ...
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Since when can you patent a drug class?

In reference to the patent: US 2014/0329849 A1
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Recording a phone conversation about patentable things

On one hand, I want to conversate about useful fresh future ideas with people that have the power to patent those pleasant premises. On the other hand, given the messed-up weirdness of IP law, I want ...
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Method for exercising a cat?

http://www.google.co.uk/patents/US5443036 Does anyone know the reason why this patent was filed and granted? In what way might this game have qualified as non-obvious and novel to the examiner? ...
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Does my product infringe on claim 1 of EP 2342386 A1?

I am producing a rainwater collection system and am not sure if the current system infringes on Nigel O'driscoll's Rainwater harvesting system (EP 2342386 A1), which is listed as follows: A ...
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Can I build a patented item (US 7,877,268) for personal use?

In reference to the patent: US 7,877,268 I would like to make this item for my grandmother. I would not be offering it to others or selling it for commercial use. Is this legal? What issues should I ...
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Patent expire limit

In reference to the patent: US7841131 Is this a design patent? Wouldn't it be expired as the 14 year limit is up?
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Is traditional plant material improvement sufficiently descriptive to be considered full disclosure

Patent WO2008110876 A1 discloses a method to enhance the oil production capability of tobacco seeds by means of either mutagenising (chemically inducing mutations) or hybridising existing varieties of ...
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File provisional patent application in India before getting published in a Journal

I want to patent an algorithm in India. I have done enough prior art and I am sure that no such algorithm exists till date. The problem is I have also written a research paper for the same and ...
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prior art for US 20150079942

In reference to the patent: US20150079942 I am looking for prior art for US patent application 20150079942. I believe this invention has overly broad claims. According to me invention has not at ...
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Can a method of pedagogy be patented?

I'm creating a book about how to teach to children. Can I patent the method described in my book?
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is possible to get a patent for a new Web Browser 'Button'?

is possible to get a patent for a new Web Browser 'Button'? I dont have knowledge about patents and i don't know if this new thing really fits to this thread. Basically i was thinking for example ...
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Prior knowledge and use

In reference to the patent: US20150107498 This process of adding MgO/Mg(OH)2 and/or Ca(NO3)2 to HFO was widely practiced art. Don't understand prior knowledge can be patented.... As matter of an ...