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Prior art for an apparatus for sound direction finding

I'm looking for prior art for US patent application 2011/0054890 filed 2009/08/25. That would be a mobile phone (or portable device) that is capable of detecting the direction and type of sounds with ...
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Prior art for US Patent No. 6025327 for hydrolyzed collagen type II

Does any one know any prior art for the US6025327, disclosing hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage derived collagen type II, or method for preparing collagen type II from chicken sternal cartilage? ...
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Is patent US6513002 valid? Is there prior art in computer textbooks published prior to 1990?

About Patent US6513002: Rule-based number formatter It seems to me that many computer textbooks published before 1990 have include exercises about how to write a simple number translation program. I ...
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Patent on comparing two values which are put through a hash function to determine if the same

I came across this patent titled “Similarity-based access control of data in a data processing system” (priority date: 1995-04-11). Abstract: Similarity of data items is determined by analyzing ...
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Prior art for using a camera in self-driving cars

Toyota has filed a patent (#20120226392) for a "Driving support apparatus and driving support method". Its main claim: A driving support apparatus that performs a driving support for causing a ...
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E-Calendars - Event Reminders Based on Travel Time (HTC) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON ELECTRONIC CALENDARS - This application from HTC seeks to patent the idea of... calendar reminders based on location! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent ...
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Prior art for a mobile speech access US20120253817

US20120253817 Mobile speech attendant access, filed Apr 4, 2011 Claim 1 has to do with a mobile device using speech recognition on a remote server to place a phone call and is well known. Claim 2 has ...
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Prior art for bed management in healthcare

While browsing freshpatents.com for software patents, I happened upon Patent Application #20120226507, which seeks to patent a system for moving patient beds from one room to another. The claims: ...
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Prior art for US 2011/0242130?

Does anyone have any prior art for US 20110242130? This publication is about a composite image production process. Casio Computer Co.; filed: March 30, 2011 http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-...
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Prior art for patent in Whitserv v Computer Packages case

In reading the Whitserv v Computer Packages case and blog entry from Patently-O, I’m having problems in seeing how patent 6,981,007 is valid. I noticed that there is another question regarding this ...
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Prior art for athletic gear with padded seat area

Patent application #20120222191 titled "Sports garment with a seat pad, in particular for cycling" claims to have a unique method for attaching a padded section to a spandex cycling short. Here's ...
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Amusement Game - Dice that return independent variables or a random color - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

The "Die for use in game play" patent application describes a die that returns two independent (random) variables. According to the application, one is ("preferably") a color. The other, as you might ...
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Timeline Display for Vehicle Fleet Management - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

US Patent Application US20120226390: History timeline display for vehicle fleet management A system for providing history information for a plurality of vehicles, the system comprising: a ...
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XBRL - Issued Patents - PRIOR ART REQUEST

In January, 2011, Edgar Online was issued patent US7877678, which is essentially a patent on an excel plugin. I know that prior art exists, as I've used similar excel plugins for years, including ...
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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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Call stack parsing in multiple runtime environments - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

US Patent Number 8,291,381 - Call stack parsing in multiple runtime environments If multiple runtimes are sharing a call stack, their call stack frames may be different. Here, Microsoft proposes a ...
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Prior Art on Multi-User Social Networks. Patent asserted against Yammer, Salesforce, Facebook and others by Real Time Social Inventions LLC

Background: US Patent 7,853,881 Multi-user on-line real-time virtual social networks based upon communities of interest for entertainment, information or e-commerce purposes Earlier this year a ...
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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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Double tap spacebar to insert period and capitalize next character (RIM) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON USER INTERFACE - This patent from RIM claims the idea of... doubletap spacebar to insert periods and capitalize! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications ...
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Managing duplication of data objects with attributes - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

http://patents.justia.com/patent/6907471 Sharing objects over a network for something like computer games, surely there is prior art for this? Data is shared over a network, having a plurality of ...
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Prior art for wear-focusing of non-volatile memories

Patent application #20120226962 makes the claim: A computer implemented method for storing data in memory, the method comprising: receiving write data to be written into a memory that is ...
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SINTERED CAPACITOR ELECTRODE Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Help narrow US patent applications before they become patents HERE QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before August, 2010 that discusses: A capacitor with a 3 dimensional ...
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Caller ID Selection (NobelBiz) - Allowed Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

An over-broad, ALLOWED patent attempting to patent all dynamic selection of caller id's when used in any-type of call center. QUESTION Have you seen anything published prior October 20, 2005 ...
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Network Configuration Management Documents (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON NETWORK CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of... creating a policy script and ensuring the policy is enforced! 10 minutes of ...
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Prior Art for Apple's iTunes Design Patent (Circle with Notes in the Middle)

A design patent covers the ornamental features of an article of manufacture. As with standard "utility" patents, a design patent must also be novel and nonobvious. For a number of years, the USPTO ...
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Website Customization — Caching dynamically-generated websites — Issued Patent — PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON CUSTOMIZING A WEBSITE - This issued patent seeks to patent the idea of... building a user profile by watching user behavior on a website! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow ...
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Database Visualization - Query and Visualization of Multidimensional Databases - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DATABASE VISUALIZATION - This issued patent seeks to patent the idea of... detecting the user’s reading speed and controlling an electronic display! 10 minutes of your time can ...
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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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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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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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E-Readers - Reader Speed Controlling Electronic Display (Qualcomm) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON E-READERS - This application from Qualcomm seeks to patent the idea of... detecting the user’s reading speed and controlling an electronic display! 10 minutes of your time can ...
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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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Online Games - Cross-Promotion of Games (Gree) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT FOR ONLINE GAME PROMOTION - This application from Gree seeks to patent the idea of cross-promotion of games in an online community, in other words promoting one game from within ...
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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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Patent US7889927 seems faulty; plenty of prior art exists

If I understand the wording of patent US7889927 correctly, a patent was granted for a Chinese input method that uses the components of the characters themselves. The "Background of the Invention" ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: Interactive 3D Platform for Fitting Eyeglasses/Clothing

"Interactive Try-On Platform for Eyeglasses" This issued patent relates to a method by which a consumer can submit a 3D model of his/her face to generate a visualization of how a pair of eyeglasses ...
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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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Prior Art for a Database of Geographic Locations

US patent application 13/501,392, filed on Oct 12, 2010 and published on Sep 27, 2012. It appears that the main claim is simply to be able to refer to a latitude/longitude point through a unique ...
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Prior Art on the patents asserted against SIP by BT

British Telecom recently announced that they intend to assert patents they hold covering the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) needed to connected a SIP-based system (like Asterisk) to the PSTN (...
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Prior art for ice cream maker insulated with inflatable cushion

US Patent Application US20120207901: INFLATABLE CUSHION Claim #1 describes an ice cream maker assembly comprising of an inflatable cushion to insulate a an ice cream maker apparatus inside. The rest ...
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Prior art for SEO

Patent Application #20120016857 appears to be for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Here is its claim 1: A computer-readable medium comprising computer-readable instructions for providing search ...
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Prior art for web-based electronically signed documents

Posting to make clear that any patent examiner should at least follow-up should it seriously be considered acceptable. Does anybody here believe this is a valid set of claims in the patent ...
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Prior art for screen that rotates based on orientation

Patent application #20040201595, filed April 11, 2003, describes a screen that rotates based on orientation. Here is its claim 1: A method for orienting a display image, said method comprising the ...
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Individual rebate code on goods transfered by customer via any network to give rebate or gifts to the customer

There are several patents out there like this: you buy a beer, on this bottle is an individual code, you can use this code on the campaign website to win a price or get a voucher e.g for an online ...
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Prior art for a web-based system for commissioning software development

Maybe oDesk or eLance are the prior art, but this patent on providing software development services via a website probably has loads of prior art. US20120240097 A1 — Method of providing ...
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Prior Art for GoDaddy Patent Announcing a Domain Name Registration on a Social Website

DomainWire has announced that the USPTO has just issued a patent to GoDaddy that covers a method of announcing a domain name announcement on a social network. U.S. patent number 8,276,057. In my view, ...
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Broad claim of US Patent 7,404,278 and available prior art

Does anyone have any prior art for U.S. Patent 7,404,278. The patent describes a method of siliconization for syringes, with the novelty of the method being asserted as "subjecting the siliconized ...
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Prior Art for Apple Heuristic Search Algorithm (Pub No. 2012-0166477)

Looking for prior art for Apple's search algorithm patent. In January 2000, Apple filed its original patent application to a heuristic search approach that uses a variety of algorithms that depend ...
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Prior Art on targeted advertising patent asserted against Facebook and Google by B.E. Technologies LLC

Background: Last month a company called "BE Technologies LLC" filed suit in Tennessee against Facebook and Google on US Patent 6,628,314 - Computer interface method and apparatus with targeted ...