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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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Is application US20090055029 this fairly obvious?

This is basically "put a webserver on it and call it an invention" This sort of thing has been done on home routers and numerous other types of industrial equipment for many years. How would one go ...
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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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Prior art for a GC scheduler with an adaptive free-memory threshold?

Patent: US 8,166,269 Assignee: Oracle Priority Date: 11/5/09 Prior Art: Search Google Prior Art search for 8,166,269 I'm having trouble figuring out whether Oracle is claiming to have invented the ...
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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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Prior art request: OMNI-DIRECTIONAL CAMERA AND RELATED VIEWING SOFTWARE patent 20120206565

http://www.google.com/patents/US20120206565 This patent covers the hardware design of a multi-camera array of video cameras making up a spherical or 360º panoramic video system. The whole idea is ...
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Sorensen Pat #6,960,316 - patent infringement

Issued US Patent No: 6,960,316 Injection-molded plastic container or closure with turned-under rim and method of injection-molding same I am searching for any help locating prior art for the afore ...
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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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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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Recommendation & Decision Making - Surveying Users for Preferences and Providing Recommendations (Dalton Sentry) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent has been invalidated by the US District Court in Southern District of New York. AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON that describes a seemingly obvious process where by two parties input their ...
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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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US 20120260509 A1 (Gilette) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST [closed]

Is patent application US20120260509 A1 obvious given prior art patent US5560106 A? They both seem to be trying to accomplish the same thing and given that the prior art was from the early 90's I would ...
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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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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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Mobile phones - Turning on/off GPS when phone detects motion - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON using acceleration sensor to turn on/off GPS receiver on a phone only when it has moved - This application seeks to patent the idea of...persistent motion tracking on a ...
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Mobile ads - Location-based product promotion (Givted) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON sending product specials or lists of products to a user's cellphone based on user location - This application from Givted, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...sending product ...
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Method and apparatus for viewer-specific presentation of information PRIOR ART REQUEST

US7000183 is basically patenting the way the web works. It is used to sue random online merchants. Please help find prior art to stop this patent which should not have been granted in the first place....
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Authentic barcodes using digital signatures (Verisign) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Apr 13, 2011 that discusses digitally signing of barcodes ? (as opposed to signing documents, images etc) TITLE: Authentic barcodes using ...
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Mobile phone - Intelligent Away/Available/Busy status on phones (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Away/Available/Busy status - This application from Apple seeks to patent the idea of...displaying a status to contacts that would indicate whether you’re available to field a ...
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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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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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Virtual Shopping Cart - Collaborative shopping using shared virtual shopping cart (IBM) - 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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Mobile Advertising - Targeting ads based on a map (Huyundai) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON targeting mobile ads based on a map - This application from Huyundai seeks to patent the idea of...an advertisement server providing ads to users in a geographic region based on ...
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Cloud storage - Transferring data to server based on travel plans of a user (IBM) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON transferring data to a server based on user travel plans - This application from IBM seeks to patent the idea of...transferring data in cloud storage system from a data server ...
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Custom client libraries (Google) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON EXAMPLE SOURCE CODE Google has patented the generation of client libraries and example code from API descriptions. 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent ...
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Document Management - Detecting “problematic phrases” in user documents (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON detecting "problematic phrases" in a document - This application from Google seeks to patent the idea of...Alerting a user when a phrase in a document matches a "problematic ...
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Cloud Storage - Synchronizing output of streaming media data across devices (Accenture) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON synchronizing the output of data across devices - This application from Accenture seeks to patent the idea of...synchronizing playback of streaming media on multiple devices! 10 ...
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Online Video Storage - Cloud-based tools for uploading and editing video files - 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 cloud-based ...
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Microsoft trying to patent hyperlocal data

Seeking Prior Art Submission for 2013-0031458 A1 This application tries to patent pretty much hyperlocal content delivery by merely stating details of common clustering techniques used with user ...
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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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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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Distance Measurement from Multiple Images - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

is the Examiner aware of the prior art on diffraction range finders in the publication list: http://www.3dewitt.com/2/patent02.html Taken from the Prior Art Request Template. If another user (or ...
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Compressed motion vector field utilizing predictive motion coding - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Seeking Prior Art on Nokia patent US7149251 Priority Date: Seeking Prior Art from before Aug 11, 1999 Claim 1 Decoding information representative of a video sequence 1 A method of decoding ...
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Video Encoding - Compressed motion vector field utilizing predictive motion coding (Nokia) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Seeking Prior Art on Nokia patent US6735249 This simply describes using two obvious techniques (motion compression and fractal encoding) at the same time. Both had been around for over a decade. ...
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Binary Coded Decimal (BCD) Calculation - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Seeking Prior Art on US Patent US 2010030834 Priority Date: Seeking Prior Art from before Aug 1, 2008 Isn't this application US 20100030834 trying to get a patent on half/partial carries? This ...
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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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Online Content - Distributing content based on location (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT on managing online distribution based on location - This application from Google seeks to patent the idea of...managing content distribution based on geographic limitations! 10 ...
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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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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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Online Video - Ads While Browsing (Yahoo!) - 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 online video ...
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Content Feed - Advertising content with a feed (Outbrain) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON an advertising unit consisting of a content feed - This application from Outbrain seeks to patent the idea of...Creating a content feed and using it as an advertising unit! 10 ...
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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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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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Hash-based Load Balancing (Microsoft) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON BALANCING WEB TRAFFIC DISTRIBUTION - This patent from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of using multiple load balancers with a shared virtual IP address to distribute website ...
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Image Registration - Identifying objects in images (Sony) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Recognizing objects in images - This application from Sony seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying objects through image process and registering content information about ...
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Wireless Audio - Easy sharing of wireless audio signals (Logitech) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Wireless Audio - This application from Logitech seeks to patent the idea of...Forwarding a media stream from a first media output device to a second media output device! 10 ...

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