Questions tagged [patentability]

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How can US20200206098A1 be patent-worthy when FR3037791B1 discusses the same things?

How can US20200206098A1 be patent-worthy when FR3037791B1 discusses the same things?
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How are worldwide patent application numbers generated?

If in a worldwide patent application I wanted to create a significant number (e.g. a spouse’s birthday/ wedding anniversary) would I be able to request that number or are the numbers randomly ...
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How i can patent an idea and concepts? Can I patent a new idea and new concepts?

So I have many ideas and concepts to take patents so there we can patent an idea and concepts. How much will it cost to take patent an idea. Is it too much costly. I am individual from India
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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 ...
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Patentability of HTML machine

I have made a web machine out of HTML, CSS and JavaScript that, at a minimum, handles data otherwise handled in a spreadsheet application. The machine's parts are essentially draggable holders (DIVs) ...
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Is a less restrictive rule different or a subset of a more restrictive rule?

A patent application for a software system, or a set of rules basically, is facing potential prior art challenge. The prior art invention has 5 elements/rules: 1. Rule_A 2. Rule_B 3. If and when A ...
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Can the invention of a sport be patented?

If one was to combine two different variations of sport in a manner that has not been done before, can this new hybrid sport be patented?
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What is the cost of patenting from country x to other countries?

Is it possible to patent across geographical locations, even if I am not physically in all the locations?
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Is a music electronic circuit patentable?

In the music industry, there are plenty of guitar effects pedals. Most of them are clones of clones and all of them are available on the market. Nobody enforces any patent and everybody lives happy ...
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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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Can one patent a technology applied to a very specific physical product?

For example, there are scannable images/codes that create augmented reality experiences. I've seen this applied to advertising materials and even T-shirts. If I wanted to apply this to a product it ...
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Patentability Of Parameter Optimization For Previously Patented Process

I am curious as to patentability of one critical parameter of an existing (and patented) process. For clarity I will posit a hypothetical situation analogous to a real situation. Industrial material A ...
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Is there a way to determine if hackathon ideas are ultimately patented?

Is there any way to find out if a patent application is connected to results from a hackathon? For example, it has been said that DropBox, Inc. filed two patent applications (password strength meter, ...
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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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US 6067803 A is this patent valid in India?

I would like to know untill when is this patent is valid? Is this patent applicable to India?
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How is the system described novel in any way? It is simply a proxy registration that has been digitzed.

In reference to the patent: US7130878
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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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Is it possible to get a patent for a new Web Browser 'Button'?

Is it possible to get a patent for a new Web Browser 'Button'? I don't have knowledge about patents and I don't know if this new thing really fits to this thread. Basically I was thinking for ...
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can someone patent a machine which uses signal transfer?

if in my patent application machine includes a signal transfer through data cable can someone other can patent same machine that transfer signal through wifi or Bluetooth.
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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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Pivotting Mandrel Stolle Machinery Old in a new coat, Patent WO 2011156052 A1

How come such a patent was already used under the Coors design and that the formalisation is taking that long, applied for in 2011 and no decision yet while two years would be a more than reasonable ...
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Tinder vs Bumble swipe matching process and "Alice decision"

I came across this article: https://minesoft.com/tinder-patented-swipe-right/ Tinder's patents: https://patents.google.com/patent/US9733811B2/en https://patents.google.com/patent/US11513666B2/en https:...
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Active U.S Patent Expired (U.S. Patent No. 8,475,818)

Has Active U.S Patent Expired (U.S. Patent No. 8,475,818) ? When was issued and when does it expire?
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'Novelty only' prior art

Can someone explain to me the meaning of novelty only prior art, and the difference between this and regular prior art? Thanks.
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how to write a claim for this attachment

suppose I have two vertical panels that was attached with each other as image attached, could I write below. one vertical edge of the panel attached to another panel surface by appropriate meanings ...
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Patenting a feature of a larger invention where that feature is listed in the embodiments of a prior patent

A competitor patent has a certain implementation which is listed as an alternative embodiment in the detailed specification, although it is not covered in the claims. My own invention comprises ...
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What happens if I patent an existing idea which has not been patented?

If I find a novel design in some old, obscure literature, which was never patented and is not commonly used in products, what happens if I patent it? If the patent is granted and then the owner of the ...
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Can patent technology be accesed by someone with teck knowledge?

I am thinking about applying for a patent, If my accounts are not secure when I purchase a patent, Can the technology be accessed and potentially make security issues worse by using the technology ...
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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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Patentability of an algorithm applied to new device

Can relatively know design/graphics algorithm be patented if applied to a new device type? for example, let's say this is year 200x and someone wants to patent interactive maps and navigation on a ...
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patenting a chair made up of wood from a special type of tree

Let's suppose that someone has discovered that wood from a specific tree, hitherto unused in making chairs, provides profound health benefits when sat on. Can they claim the patent of "chairs ...
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why couldn't twitter patent the hashtag?

What made twitter differentiated was that its tags can be arbitrarily created by the users of the APP. This seems innovatively different from other websites at the time where the tags are pre created ...
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Home Design Patent

I am working on a home design patent with interlocking pieces, searched US patents and nothing came up not even similar; zero results, I was on Alibaba today looking around for an Amazon business and ...
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How does plagiarism in a patent description affect its validity or patentability?

While browsing patents for insecticide related inventions that use denatonium as an aversive agent, i noticed two patents that use the exact same paragraph in their description. The text can be found ...
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Does "smaller clothes hangers for petite women" really pass the novel requirement?

According to this article https://www.upcounsel.com/non-obvious "If your idea is to make clothes hangers in smaller sizes for petite women's clothing, it's possible that your invention is novel, ...
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Patenting a Sandbag?

Sandbag is defined as sand sealed inside a textile bag. The general form of this invention of course has existed since forever. Given the above definition, if a sandbag with certain dimensions or ...
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What does silent references mean?

I'm reading patents allowed subject matter and it states: "the references are also silent (claims xyz)" what does a silent reference mean?
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Is an electric circuit patentable?

If I make an electric circuit for a specific purpose would it be patentable? The circuit is not complicated, it is simple for a very simple task.
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Electrical Signals vs Electromagnetic Signals

In reference to the patent US6754472: Does the claim of sending electrical signals from the transmitter also encompass electromagnetic signals?
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Patent an item i have been selling

I came up with an idea several years ago and developed it to the stage of production and sales. I would now like to patent it due to the fact another competitor has started manufacturing it and ...
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PCT patents , is it Public Domain or up for grabs in my country?

If a PCT patent was filed in lets say "Ukraine" in 2004, but the owner let it never actually got it published as a patent in a national phase(in any country)legally may I file a similar patent in the ...
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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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Can a new chemical substance without known application be patented?

Imagine I synthesize and characterize a molecule for the first time, but for which I also do not know if it has any application. Is this, under EPC, patentable?
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can a bucket full of rocks ever be patented?

Let's suppose that I have discovered an amazing use case for the combination of a bucket full or rocks, can I then patent bucket full of rocks, or at the very least can I patent bucket full of rocks ...
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How basic can a patent be? (Hypothetical example: conductor's baton)

This is a hypothetical question but of course there may be real-life ramifications. Hypothesis: Imagine that for centuries, right up to the present day, orchestral conductors had used only their hands ...
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Patent grant despite prior art describing the same invention

Is it possible and are there cases where patents have been granted even though there is prior art that describes the same invention? Do these patent grants have to be reverted when someone finds prior ...
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Do you need to inform employer of patent licensing that you obtained on your own?

I have full time job and I am thinking about getting a patent on my own and licensing it. It has no connection to my full time job. Do I need to tell my employer that I am licensing a patent. Does ...
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What happens if someone gets a patent granted and starts selling products but someone else had a patent for the same invention before that?

Let’s assume Person A gets a patent grant for their invention and starts producing and selling a product based on that invention. After the patent opposition period Person B sues Person A for ...
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Protecting a User Interface: Design Patent and/or Copyright

I have been reading that it is possible to file Design Patent(s) and Copyright applications on top of non-provisional utility filings. To my understanding (I am an engineer so please bear with me :) ...
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Can one claim of the patent have greater impact (legally/commercially) than the whole patent?

Can one claim of the patent have greater impact (legally/commercially) than the whole patent? Example: Let's imagine we want to apply for a patent of certain hydroponic system. Claim 1 describes the ...

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