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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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PRIOR ART REQUEST: Issued patent US 8255828 B2 (Microsoft): Ribbon UI

Patent US 8255828 B2 (publication US 10/955,967, assigned to Microsoft), Command user interface for displaying selectable software functionality controls, is the main patent protecting the Ribbon UI. ...
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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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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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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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Requesting Prior art on US 8615473 - Addressing a parcel already in transit

This is an Amazon patent for shipping a package to a general region, and while the package is in transit, assigning it for delivery to a specific address. Kinda like you one-click, then get up to ...
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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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Call for Prior Art US Patent 7,888,125 (Theranos) Duke v. Stanford

Call for prior art: Can you find better art for this patent that claims novelty based on a comparison of device output with a known constant? U.S. Patent No. 7,888,125 (Theranos) Filed March 24, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rockstar US 6098065 "Associative search engine" (Nortel) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

US patent #6098065 is the first in the series of patents used in Rockstar's legal action against Google and Android device manufacturers. It is for an "Associative search engine" and ...
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Automatic Keyword Extraction - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON automatic keyword extraction - 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patents in the future. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help. QUESTION - Have you seen anything that ...
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Braided Para cord Devices with Tools Contained Therein (Bison Designs, Llc) Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE SURVIVAL BRACELET MAKERS - This application from Bison Designs, Llc seeks to patent Braided Para cord Devices with Tools Contained Therein! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow this US ...
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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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