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Patents about software algorithms, methods implemented via computer software, and software interfaces

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complexity of Tinder's swipe matching process patent

https://patents.google.com/patent/US11513666B2/en The above patent is for a feature in a dating app that protects Tinder's swipe matching process. Most law firms assess application complexity and ...
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Tinder vs Bumble swipe matching process and "Alice decision"

I came across this article: https://minesoft.com/tinder-patented-swipe-right/ Tinder's patents: https://patents.google.com/patent/US9733811B2/en https://patents.google.com/patent/US11513666B2/en https:...
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Community of volunteers examining software patent filing with a view to having them rejected

I remember reading years ago about a community of volunteers who reviewed pending patent applications with a view to getting frivolous ones rejected. An example was Microsoft trying to patent ...
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How does the GPLv3 affect software patents?

Can the author of the program file a software patent? Does this apply to anyone who has contributed? Can users use my program in their patent?
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Do US software patents hold in the EU and elsewhere in the world?

Do US software patents hold in the EU and elsewhere in the world? I want to develop software that is patented in the US By this request. I know that Software is not patentable in the EU. Will the ...
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What are the implications of patents on deep learning techniques?

What are the implications of patents on deep learning techniques? What are the limitations when using such techniques? For example, dropout or transformers are patented by Google (https://patents....
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Merely offering an idea for sale negates (affects) patentability. Really?

(Assuming I have a very novel invention that has been ready for patenting (for months or more), in the US.) Suppose I write a press release or conduct an auction (online/physical) or tweet or even ...
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Will our own product become prior art of our patent application?

We are a software company. We release new features quite fast. We have released a feature in our product in 2021, which have been used by a certain number of customers. Will it still be possible for ...
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A patent issued as another patent?

In this answer, George wrote It has been issued (Jan. 2022) in the US as Suggested functions for formulas in spreadsheets US 11227106B2 but is still pending in Europe as of October 12 2022. where I ...
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A patent application with a similar idea to an existing product

We are a software company based in Europe making spreadsheet software including add-ins. In 2019, we added a feature in one of our Excel add-ins published in Microsoft Office add-in store, which has ...
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Possible patent infringement and freedom to operate

We are a software company based in Europe making spreadsheet software. We found a patent Enhanced editing of formulas in spreadsheets. Actually suggesting functions while users edit a formula exists ...
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Can a backend algorithm be patented?

I define a backend algorithm as a set of rules and steps hidden inside of a black box that outputs something. Everybody can see the output, but nobody knows how the output is generated. The how is the ...
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requirements to patent an algorithm of app

I have an app that connects pet owners with pet walkers based on a set of rules. This unique set of rules and steps that leads to a connection is the algorithm that I need to patent in order to ...
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Can a software emulation infringe a patent beginning "..a device to..", itself with existing sold hardware?

Recently, I decided to research a method of consolidating an expertise and researched any pre-existing tools which might already encapsulate my process or aid (be it software or hardware). I came ...
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Can I patent code that is pushed to Github?

I have invented a new algorithm that I want to patent in Germany/Europe. However, I have kept my code implementing the algorithm in a public GitHub repository. I have not assigned a copyright license ...
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How does a patent owner establsh that a patent that includes an algorithm is infringed?

If I steal someone's algorithm, how would anyone be able to prove that I am using their algorithm? Only I have access to the code for the algorithm? Unless someone sees my code, they can't say what ...
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Why didn't Uber's patents prevent Lyft from existing?

There appears to be no difference between the 2 APPs. So how come Uber's patent didn't prevent Lyft from stealing its ideas?
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Does anyone know where I can find details about the Roshal archive (RAR archives)?

Does anyone know where I can find details about the patent concerning the compression logic for Roshal archives? RAR archives are somewhat common nowadays and I would like to read up on the exact ...
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Does re-creating the scientific calculator casio fx-570MS as software application violate copyright law?

I'm trying to re-create the scientific calculator casio fx-570MS: My app on Android will look like this: The idea is I physically (no reverse engineering - that is no code touch, every code will be ...
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Why doesn't Samsung remove the non-essential software patent features to prevent patent war?

Commonly why doesn't patent infringer just remove the infringing features if they are not that important to their products. For example, in the Samsung-Apple smartphone patent war, the software ...
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Filing for a patent for a artificial intelligence program?

I’m working on an AI project that may well be commercially viable. Does anybody know about filing for a patent for an AI program? How much information about the software model would I be required to ...
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Developing a software module to access USPTO Private Pair for my firm

I was told USPTO does not provide API for accessing their Private Pair data. However, I understand that a few docking software available claim that they are access USPTO Private Pair with the right ...
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Patent classification for file format encoding/decoding algorithm

I am aware that certain algorithms to generate or read digital file formats can be patented. Patents on computer file formats I am attempting to reverse engineer a particular file format that I did ...
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Co-authors that quit during software development and such software is using later in a patent, should they be added as coauthors/inventors?

We have a situation in which we developed some software, where four previous members of our research group participated some time ago. Then they left the group, and said that from then on, they did ...
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Is it possible to protect an app (somehow)?

I wonder how or where to protect an app which will be released on google playstore and/or on iOS. Afaik any protections relate to single nations, so in principle I would have to hand in claims in each ...
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What's the criteria for you to get a patent on an improvement?

I'm very interested in improving upon a patented software method (A) which, in it's turn, is an improvement over a relatively old existing method (B). Originally, my understanding was that the old ...
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Have Windows Media Video 7 (WMV1) patents expired?

the Windows Media Video 7 video coding format is also known as WMV1. WMV 7 "publicly exists" since 1999 [1] in most jurisdictions, patents seems to be valid 20 years software patent where they are ...
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Is it possible to patent a new general method of optimizing some industrial processes?

I have finished a new method (implemented as an algorithm/software) which exploring data inputs obtains a sequence of steps, appliable for different industrial processes, that reduces drastically ...
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patent situation

Almost a year ago I worked at a small tech startup. While there I participated in the development of a way to extract data from OSI headers for networking applications in FPGAs. I have since left ...
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Patent drawings for software

I intend to file a Provisional Patent Application for the system and methods in my software and would like to then turn it into a non-provisional patent later on. This is my first time ever applying ...
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Can you patent an DialogFlow Bot?

Dialogflow is a Google-owned developer of human–computer interaction technologies based on natural language conversations. The company is best known for creating the Assistant, a virtual buddy for ...
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Application rejected at examination stage - How to proceed best?

Some months ago I filed an application for a national patent (in an EU country). The examiner pointed out several amendments to be made, which I did after I discussed with him twice. Eventually the ...
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Example of a good patent in Software Development

Wondering what an example of a "good" patent is in Software Development. Basically wondering: How long the good ones typically are (a range of sizes). How much scope one patent contains, or if they ...
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Prior art time relevance when filling continuing application

I was wondering whats considered a prior art when dealing with a continuing application? From reading online, once a continuing application is approved, it receives the allowance date of the original ...
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Third party preissuance for a rejected application

I have come across a patent that was granted 9 months + 10 days ago, the patent is very obvious but it was somewhat restricted in its implementation. I have now seen that the inventor filed another ...
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Patentability of a specific method of web content filtering

My friend is the creator and vendor of a web content filtering software. His clients are ISPs who then offer this service to their customers. Recently his clients received a very threatening "...
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How precise does a patent have to be when it is describing the usage of a neural network?

While preparing a presentation about metadata, I stumbled upon the following patent: Automatic extraction of metadata using a neural network. I have no experience with patents, but the strategies for ...
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Are Google patents preventing new email client products?

We are trying to develop a new software product that requires an integrated email client. We found some old patents from Google regarding email systems. https://patents.google.com/patent/US9819624B2/...
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Patent software workflow (yet to have implementation)

I'm unsure if this question is same to my previous question, Idea for Software - Should I file Patent first I have idea for Utility pattern. Already I create the output (2 to 3 hours in MS Word). And ...
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Idea for Software - Should I file Patent first

I have idea for software, yet I don't know how to write software. This software will be low-cost (large organizations) or free (individuals). Before getting someone to write software for me shall I ...
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Can you sue for software patent infringement after 6 years from the patent expiration date?

I was reading the JPEG Wikipedia article, and found this quote: The patent expired in December 2007, but Princeton has sued large numbers of companies for "past infringement" of this patent. (...
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Is there a statute of limitation on software patents?

Is there a statute of limitation on software patents? If there is a statute of limitation, when does the statute of limitation period goes into effect, is it after the release of the software that ...
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Can the developer of a free software be sued for damages because of an accidental patent infringement?

Assume that I created a free software that accidentally infringes on one or more software patents. Can the holders of these patents sue me for damages, even though I did not make any money from the ...
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Can I be sued for damages for patent infringement that are more than my actual profit?

Assume that I created a software that accidentally infringes on 5 software patents, and then I sold this software for a number of years and made $10,000 in profit. Can the holders of these 5 patents ...
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Does patent US20120072422A1 make it illegal for other companies to sell reference managing software that parses documents for placeholders?

Thomson Reuters have been awarded a patent for a "System and method for citation processing, presentation and transport and for validating references" that, in my eyes, looks very much like what ...
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Are these software patents with the same name and inventors distinct?

When I worked for a tech company, I was involved in patent applications. Searching the US PTO site, I see four patents with the same name and inventor lists but different patent numbers: Nielsen, ...
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I wanted to create a free web application, but found a possible patent infringement

I am a web application developer and was looking to start an open sourced, free-to-use project that involves crowdsourced media recommendation functionality, then came across this patent: https://...
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Software Patent or Copyright?

I have an idea that I would like to pitch to a software partner that I currently work with. What is the best approach to protect my idea? I'm not sure if I can patent it since it's s concept and not ...
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Can a data-fomat be patented and saved with a common storage format?

Imagine I have data describing something, i.e. a person Name Ander Id 123123 tel 1313333333 some_other_unusual_id 1212 And I store it in a XML. The structure of the data (4 fields, those ones ...
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beelinereader patent coverage

I am a fan of beelinereader, I want to use same idea to implement a reader app,in their website it is written that their technology is patented as here https://patents.google.com/patent/...
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