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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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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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Prior art for Graphical Instance Instantiation

Microsoft filed US20120227028 Graphical programming object population user interface autogeneration, which describes the automatic generation of GUIs to instantiate objects. I vaguely recall seeing a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Index key normalization (Microsoft) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Patent US 7539685 B2 concerns the normalization of btree index keys in a database management system. There is no citation of the 1977 paper "An Encoding Method for Multifield Sorting and Indexing" by ...
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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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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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Secure telephone-based payments - Patent application - Prior art request

US patent application 2220110228919 (USPTO link) seems to be trying to patent an on/off switch for DTMF audio on telephone networks. The key claims are these (effectively the first three): A ...
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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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RFID - Foam spacers used in timing tags - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON RFID Spacers - This application seeks to patent the idea of... RFID spacers! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @...
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US8598823 - Fan drive system for cooling tower is not novel

PM motors on a variety of applications has been done for 10 years. Cooling towers, fluid coolers, etc. The motor cost has not allowed it to go mainstream due to rare earth cost for the magnets. Claim ...
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Condition-based activation, shut-down and management of applications of mobile devices - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Managing applications on mobile devices - This patent seeks to patent the idea of...monitoring and controlling an application on a mobile device! 10 minutes of your time can ...
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Proximity-based home automation (Apple) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

I came across an article on Hacker News that cited this recently issued patent by Apple: Patent Number 8,577,392 Title System and method of determining location of wireless communication devices/...
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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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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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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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Prior Art Request - US Pat. No. 8,380,541 Theranos / Walgreen / Stanford U

This is an issued patent. It is related to a Theranos / Stanford / Walgreen project currently on going. U.S. Patent No. 8,380,541 Priority date 9/26/2011 Issued February 13, 2013 A sample claim ...
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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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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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Prior Art Request for Claim #1 describing a textbook Turnstile Antenna over Ground Plane

Sometimes I really have to wonder who is at the helm of the USPTO. Claim 1 is an overly broad description of an antenna assembly that has been with us for many decades. The other claims may also be ...
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Pitch Detection - Power Spectral Estimator to Tune Musical Instruments (Overtone Labs, Inc) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON pitch detection - This issued patent from Overtone Labs seeks to patent the idea of...pitch detection for resonance tuning of a musical instrument. 10 minutes of your time can ...
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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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Electronic Marketplace - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help. Patent Application: US 20120030046 A1 Title: Buying and Selling ...
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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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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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Remote Error Detection - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Looking for prior art (pre-2000) on US Patent 6757714, particularly the first independent claim which I have pasted in below. Any input would be appreciated. Title: Reporting the state of an ...
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Prior art for analyzing passwords

It shouldn't be too hard to find prior art on patent application 20120284783. The primary claim is taking apart the password to identify common words or patterns. The password is checked by various ...
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Mobile ads - Location-based promotions - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON targeting ads based on distance between potential customer and a store - This application invented by a patent attorney seeks to patent the idea of...geo-targeting promotions ...
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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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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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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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Online Advertising - Assisted Adjustment of an Advertising Campaign (Facebook) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT FOR ONLINE ADVERTISING - This application from Facebook seeks to patent the idea of... suggesting changes to your advertising campaign based on the performance of your current ...
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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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Does THIS prior art invalidate THIS patent application?

Here is an example of an invention website where a poster presents the idea of a "Slide Release Buckle + Fire Starter", dated April 18, 2011. The application in question is "Quick-Release Buckle ...
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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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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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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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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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Turn-by-Turn Directions - Providing Alternate Routes to a Driver (TomTom) - 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 a navigation ...
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Patenting PRISM - Classifying Mobile Users Based on Social Analysis of Who calls Whom (Ericsson) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON classifying mobile users based on who they call in a network - This application from Ericsson seeks to patent the idea of...Social network analysis applied to mobile phones......
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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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