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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Proxy Server for Determining Presence Status of a User (Avaya) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

US20130304913 Filing date - Jul 16, 2013 Priority date - Sep 26, 2003 Have you seen anything prior to Sept 26, 2003 which relates to Programmable Proxies for Determining a Presence Status of a ...
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Real-time social networking - Social networking within an organization (SAP) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON exploring social connections from an in-memory database - This application from SAP seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying an attribute in a profile associated with a first ...
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Online Ads - Switching online advertisements based on a Timer (Yahoo!) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON online advertisements being displayed on a webpage based on a timer - This application from Yahoo! Inc seeks to patent the idea of...Displaying a primary advertisement on a ...
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Switchably transparent/opaque window hiding electronic fingerprint scanner, camera (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Apple has an application pending that would probably go into iPhones. The idea is that you have the camera or fingerprint scanner or other electronic component behind a window that can be turned ...
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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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Transcoding and Adaptive Failover (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Title: Scalable, live transcoding with support for adaptive streaming and failover Assignee: Google Publication Number: US20130272374 Search for Prior art using: Google Prior Art Finder It seems like ...
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Disposable email addresses (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

A handful of Apple engineers have applied for a software patent application (US20140047043) on the idea of adding a proprietary protocol to request new disposable email addresses automatically from an ...
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Social Networks - Determining sentiments expressed in social media content (Metavana) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON determining user opinions related to a product or service from online contents - This application from Metavana seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying keywords from social ...
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Spreadsheets - Dynamic Pivot Table Creation and Modification (Bank of America) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Patent Application: **US20140019842 from Bank of America reminds me a lot of Software from Tableau. I'm looking for a Tableau or other reference which can be given to the patent examiner to help ...
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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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Keyword trends - Detecting trends in a stream of words using frequency analysis (Citizennet) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON performing frequency analysis on the occurrence of target words in a stream of words - This application from Citizennet seeks to patent the idea of...Generating a discrete time ...
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Location-based marketing - Identifying vendors based on customer location - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON initiating a vendor check-in procedure on a customer's mobile device - This application seeks to patent the idea of...Receiving a customer's location, comparing the customer ...
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Targeted incentives - Determining coupons based on location of a user & item barcode (Ebay) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON offering coupons based on an item of interest at a user's location - This application from Ebay seeks to patent the idea of...determining the geographic location of a mobile ...
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Acoustic Location - Using vehicles as sensors (Raytheon) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Looking for additional prior art for this Raytheon patent application related to vehicle-based acoustic locating systems. Title Methods for locating an acoustic source Publication Number: US ...
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Dynamic visualization and implementation (Microsoft) - Patent Application US20130339363 - PRIOR ART REQUEST

The gist of this is, they are trying to claim that storing the "type" of graph or report as metadata to a dataset being reported on is novel and unobvious. A picture is worth 1K words...Figure 5A and ...
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Prioritizing search results - Ranking search results based on content creation trends (IBM) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON prioritizing search results based on content creation trends of terms in the search results - This application from IBM seeks to patent the idea of...Receiving search results in ...
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Publishing data online - Selectively publishing data items associated with an event (Ebay) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Publishing data items related to an event of interest to a user - This application from Ebay seeks to patent the idea of...Determining a news event, identifying data items ...
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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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Machine Learning - Detecting similar documents using entity extraction (Nhn) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Methods of detecting similar documents - This application from Nhn seeks to patent the idea of...Extracting an entity from two or more web documents, calculating weights based ...
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US20100332310 - Location Based System & Method for Issuing Prizes on Mobile Devices - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Others have delivered mobile advertising using geolocation since before the patent us20100332310 was filed in Jun 25, 2009. Have you seen prior art before Jun 25,2009? Systems and methods for ...
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Social Networking - Analyzing contents of discussion threads whose contents change with time (Sony) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Determining whether or not features of discussion thread pages have changed with time - This application from Sony seeks to patent the idea of...Recording contents of an ...
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Personalized recommendations - Recommendations based on inferring preferences (MIT) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON providing recommendations based on relative preferences across items for a customer. - This application from MIT seeks to patent the idea of...identifying a relative preference ...
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Online Search - Re-ranking search results based on admin-configured ranking rules (Microsoft) - 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. Some of the grounds for rejection (can be ...
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Online content - Using social media data to measure sentiment for a product - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON determining the shareability of online content and generating customer relevance scores - This application from a few independent social media "experts" seeks to patent the idea ...
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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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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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Personalized offers based on purchase data - Offers from Item-level data from receipt (Ibotta) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Personalized purchase offers - This application from Ibotta, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...Personalized purchase offers based on item-level transaction data from a physical ...
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Adjusting setting from consumer's location - Collecting data to make inferences using location. (Cadio, Inc.) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON managing information associated with a data set based on location of the consumer. - This application from Cadio, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...Receiving an input from a ...
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Location based consumer profiling - Updating consumer profiles based on visits (ShopperTrak) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON managing consumer profiles based on detailed visit records of consumers. - This application from Rapidblue Solutions / Shoppertrak seeks to patent the idea of...Receiving ...
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Targeted Promotions - Vendor promotions based on current location (Capital One) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Targeting promotions based on location of vendors with respect to user's current location. - This application from Finnoble Solutions, now Capital One seeks to patent the idea ...
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Digital communication management system - Targeting contextually relevant communications (Weatheralpha) - 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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Map information - Providing info about a local business on a webpage (NPE) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Showing information about local businesses on a map on a webpage - This application from Abra Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...Showing website visitors a map containing ...
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Magnets used to reduce passive intermodulation in ferrous materials (Purdue University) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

The method described in the patent is breathtakingly beautiful in its simplicity. Have inter-modulation because of poor quality radio frequency (RF) connectors made with steel or nickel? Well just ...
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Visualizing total order relation of nodes in a structured document (IBM) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Visualizing total order relation of nodes in a structured document IBM prior request for http://www.google.com/patents/US20120137209 Claim 1: A method, system, and a computer readable storage ...
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DNA Analytics in the Cloud - Cloud computing environment for biological data (Illumina) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DNA Analytics in the cloud - This application from Illumina seeks to patent the idea of...DNA analysis done by a server which is remote to the DNA sequencer! 10 minutes of your ...
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Product Comparison Tables - Adjusting criteria for product comparison (CompareMetrics) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON product comparison table interfaces - This application from CompareMetrics (funded by FLOODGATE Ventures) seeks to patent the idea of...Comparing products for a user by ...
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Run-level video encoding - Copied from Open Source Logs (Tandberg) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON run-level encoding for video - This application from Cisco seeks to patent work that was previously published as open-source software! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US ...
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Realtime advertisements - Selecting ads based on current events (Yahoo!) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON online ads based on current events - This application from Yahoo! Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying current events, categorizing them, and showing ads based on the ...
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Behavioral ad targeting - Ads on websites based on user behavior (Tonemedia) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON ad targeting based on demographic profiles of website visitors - This application from Tonemedia, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...Determining user characteristic, inferring a ...
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Mobile Search - Organizing search results based on user location and availability of stores (Inrix, Inc.) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Search results based on user location and whether stores are open or closed nearby - This application from Inrix, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...determining a user's ...
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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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Sharing digital content - Delivering video to a selected device (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON delivering video to a user devices - This application from Google seeks to patent the idea of...offering a list of registered devices to a user so a video can be transferred to ...
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Machine Translation - Using word stems to translate "out-of-vocabulary" words (Microsoft Corporation) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON using word stems to translate unknown words - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of...Machine translation of unknown words by finding known word stems and ...
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Electronic Commerce - Monitoring Brand Preference - 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. Some of the grounds for rejection (can be ...
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User Interface - Transforming display elements within zooming user interface (Prezi) - 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. AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON zooming ...
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Online Advertising - Combining Online and Offline Purchases to Create Product Recommendations - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON using purchase history to make product recommendations - This application seeks to patent the idea of...Recommending products to customers based on their online purchase history ...
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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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Managing food supply taking expiry dates into account - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON INVENTORY SYSTEMS - This application from Wendi Wheaton seeks to patent an inventory system that manages food based on its expiry dates! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow ...
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Q&A services - looking up the corpus of frequently asked questions - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Q&A SERVICES - This application from Nuance Communications, Inc. seeks to patent looking up a corpus of previously asked questions in a Q&A service like Stack Exchange! ...
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Mobile ads - Location-based based messages (from a self-proclaimed "Internet visionary") - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a final rejection by the US Patent Office! AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON targeting messages to users based on based on distance between user and a location - This ...
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