Questions tagged [pre-grant]

Related to procedures between the patent holder and the patent offices, opposing a patent before grant and similar questions. (The only way to do that is a Third Party Observation (TPO), so please include that tag if your question is about opposing a patent application.)

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Scaling based on pixel density (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

In 2013, this Patent Application has received a final rejection by the US Patent Office. The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! The main reference cited by ...
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URL pointing to time of video (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office that was based in part on Ask Patents contributions! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent ...
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Prior art for US patent application 20140196008 'IMMUTABLE OBJECT TYPES'

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2014/0196008.html At least some embodiments described herein relate to a language extension that advances safety in system programming. In accordance with the ...
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Prior art request for WO2014027990 "Performance tests in a continuous deployment pipeline"

I would like help finding prior art for WO2014027990 A1, please. The patent "Performance tests in a continuous deployment pipeline" by some employees of HP (filed Aug 13 2012, published Feb 20, 2014) ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: (Nintendo) Object transparency based on distance in virtual environment

TITLE: Computer-Readable Storage Medium, Information Processing System, And Information Processing Method App Number: 13/028,329 Publication Number: US 2012/0146993 A1 Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd. ...
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User Interface - Changing icon appearance based on frequency of use (Samsung) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DISPLAYING ICONS - This application from Samsung seeks to patent the idea of... changing icon appearance based on their frequency of use! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow ...
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ONLINE ESCORT SERVICE Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. Thanks to the YOU, the Ask Patents ...
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Prior art request for WO2013115797A1 "Identifcation [sic] of a failed code change"

In reference to the patent: WO2013115797A1 This patent from Hewlett-Packard relates to automatically running a set of tests against a "plurality of code changes" to determine "the ...
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PURCHASING A PRODUCT IN A STORE USING A MOBILE DEVICE Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MOBILE PURCHASES - This application from Apple seeks to patent a method for purchasing a product in a store using a smartphone! Help narrow US patent applications before they become patents ...
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Interactive Map - Is Apple trying to patent 40-year-old GIS methods? - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Apple recently filed for an "Interactive Map" patent that in every way resembles a collection of technologies and methods known as "Geographic Information Systems" (GIS). 10 ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: 3D Printing application "Additive Manufacturing System and Method for Printing Customized Chocolate Confections" (13/432424)

This call for prior art is part of the EFF's effort to keep 3D printing open. Read about the initiative here, and check out Google Patents or the USPTO for full details about this particular ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: 3D Printing application "Process for Producing Three-dimensionally Shaped Object and Device for Producing Same" (13/503217)

This call for prior art is part of the EFF's effort to keep 3D printing open. Read about the initiative here, and check out Google Patents or the USPTO for full details about this particular ...
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Tracking and Managing Group Expenditures (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a Final Rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! Thanks to YOU, the Ask Patents ...
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Email Notification - Dynamic Control of Email (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DYNAMIC EMAIL NOTIFICATION - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of... email which changes appearance dynamically based on an external event! 10 minutes of ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: 3D Printing application "Ribbon Filament and Assembly for Use in Extrusion-based Digital Manufacturing Systems" (13/530191)

This call for prior art is part of the EFF's effort to keep 3D printing open. Read about the initiative here, and check out Google Patents or the USPTO for full details about this particular ...
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Webpage Extraction - Using Visual Structure and Text Analysis to Label Blocks (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application was given a "final rejection" by the US Patent Office. An applicant has several ways to keep an application in this state alive. They include a request for continuing ...
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Unified Software Build System (SAP) - Patent Application - Prior Art Request

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON SOFTWARE BUILD SYSTEMS SAP is trying to patent... Makefiles and other build systems that combine a platform-independent configuration file with platform-specific templates to ...
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Enhancing Wireless Mesh Networking (GE) - Patent Application – PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MESH NETWORKING —This application from General Electric seeks to patent a system for extending the range of communication for low rate wireless mesh networks. Help narrow US patent ...
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Prior Art from 2002 for XML to XSD generation?

In reference to the patent: US20110320926 I worked on a project that became an Apache (open source) project. The functionality and methods described in this patent existed in the Apache XMLBeans ...
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SELF-CALIBRATING SPEAKER SYSTEMS Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE HOME AUDIO - This application from Creative Labs seeks to patent the general idea of a self-calibrating audio systems! Help narrow US patent applications before they become patents.... HERE! ...
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Online Dating - Identifying Nearby, Compatible Users (Zoosk) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT FOR ONLINE DATING - This application from Zoosk seeks to patent the idea of finding other people who are nearby and compatible with you online! 10 minutes of your time can help ...
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Online Search - User Curated Search Result Pages (Yahoo!) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. The rejection was based in part on prior ...
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MESH NETWORK GATEWAY AND SECURITY SYSTEM Patent Application – PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MESH NETWORKING — This application from Schlage seeks to patent a secure gateway between a mesh network and an IP network, and a lock device connected through the mesh network. Because mesh ...
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Mobile taxi service - Ordering transportation through a mobile device (Uber) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON arranging transport amongst parties through use of mobile devices - This application from Uber seeks to patent the idea of...Enabling customers to order drivers from a mobile ...
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DETERMINING DISTANCE IN MULTI-SPEAKER AUDIO SYSTEMS Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE HOME AUDIO - This application from Creative Labs seeks to patent the general idea of optimizing audio output in a multi-speaker audio systems! Help narrow US patent applications before they ...
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Location-based marketing - Providing ticketing and access to attractions. (Smart Destinations) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Enhanced marketing responsive to customer path data between attractions - This application from Smart Destinations, Inc seeks to patent the idea of...Enhanced data collection ...
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Audio Encoding - Audio Hyperlinks (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

A PATENT APPLICATION ON embedding hyperlinks into audio signals - This application from Apple seeks to patent the idea of...putting hypertextual information into sound streams. 10 minutes of your time ...
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Paper Wallet - Creating And Using Digital Currency - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This overly broad patent application claims methods of storing bitcoin public and private keys on a physical device (a paper wallet), and claims methods of protecting value stored on a physical device ...
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Social Networking - Processing User Contact Information (Renren) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON SOCIAL NETWORKING - This application from Renren (China) seeks to patent the idea of...initiating social network services between two users based on contact information! 10 ...
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Preloading web pages in a browser (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Dynamic preloading of web pages - This Apple application seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying links in a loaded first web page, determining an order of pre-loading second ...
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Business Networking - Filtering Twitter Feeds (Salesforce) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON FILTERING TWITTER FEEDS FROM BUSINESS CONTACTS - This application from Salesforce.com seeks to patent the idea of... filtering feeds associated with individuals in a business ...
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3D Printing - Seam Concealment for 3D Models - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This patent application filed by Stratasys claims to invent the concept of printing seamless 3D objects by hiding layer path endpoints inside the object’s visible outer surface. Letting this patent ...
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Media Streaming - Media Streaming through a Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON streaming media through a session initiation protocol - This application from Intellectual Ventures seeks to patent the idea of...Sending a first session initiation protocol (...
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Cloud Computing - Suggesting customers migrate to the cloud (IBM) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON suggesting customer migrate to the Cloud - This application from IBM seeks to patent the idea of...Suggesting customers use a cloud computer infrastructure...! 10 minutes of ...
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There is very clear prior art for patent application WO2014145999A

In reference to the patent: WO2014145999A3 The inventions in this patent are entirely described by the Diploma Thesis of Kai Niklas submitted on 11th June 2010 http://www.l3s.de/~tahmasebi/...
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A dangerous patent application may derail a simple technology to compost food waste. Please help

We have a small company that makes soil amendments from post-consumer food waste, which we compost using acidic anaerobic fermentation, also called Bokashi, the Japanese term, where the technique was ...
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US20140108489 A1 "Flowlet-based processing" - Quite like my own lab's work

http://www.google.com/patents/US20140108489 I work on a system that closely resembles the invention described in the above application. It in fact shares a common intellectual lineage, dating back ...
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Synchronizing files - Distributed Storage (Citrix) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

A PATENT APPLICATION WITH SOME OVER-BROAD CLAIMS ON synchronizing groups of files from a storage system to a client device - This application from Citrix seeks to patent the idea of...Selecting groups ...
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Updating apps on mobile phone to destroy sensitive data (Good Technologies) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a "final rejection" by the US Patent Office. An applicant has several ways to keep an application in this state alive. They include a request for continuing ...
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Email Security - Self-destructing email (AT&T) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. The rejection was based in part on prior ...
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INTERNET RADIO STATION PROGRAM DISCOVERY Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE STREAMING RADIO - This application seeks to patent a system for discovering new radio stations and podcasts online! Help narrow US patent applications before they become patents HERE ...
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Data Modeling - Predicting User Behavior (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. Thanks to YOU, the Ask Patents ...
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Proximity-based online marketplace - Connecting nearby buyers and sellers (Zaarly, Inc.) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON location-based online marketplaces - This application from Zaarly, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...An online marketplace which associates a geographic location with each ...
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Help Open Source - BitCoin and CryptoCurrency Mining - prior art requested for US 2014/0019693 A1

This application is claiming everything that is involved in Bitcoin mining or any other cryptocurrency mining using Asic chips where the block chain is segmented and hashed by multiple parallel hash ...
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Vehicle Networking - HTTP to CAN Bus Gateway (Lear) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON IN-FLIGHT/IN-CAR NETWORKING - This application from Lear Corporation seeks to patent the idea of...a gateway from the Internet to a vehicle! 10 minutes of your time can help ...
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Displaying web page information through web maps (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Seen this before? Web Site Mapping - Bogus #Patent Application #Intellectual Ventures #priorartrequest AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON organizing and displaying information about Internet web pages on web ...
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Online Shopping - Social Feedback on Clothing - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Online shopping for clothes with input from your friends - This application seeks to patent the idea of...Getting feedback from your friends on clothes and outfit while you shop ...
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Extensible Authentication Protocol for Layer 3 Mesh Networks - Patent Application – PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. The applicant (or his attorney) was ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: (Uniloc) Personal Control of Personal Information

Information App Number: 13/586,057 Publication Number: US 20130055357 A1 Assignee: Uniloc Luxembourg S.A. Prior Art Cutoff Date: predating August 15, 2010 Summary: A personal information server ...
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Prior Art for US20150095841 A1 ‘Composable Analytics’ and Data Flow Based programming?

In reference to the patent application: US20150095841 and its images which are all viewable here. What references to prior art are necessary and sufficient to counter this patent application? The ...
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