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

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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 "cease ...
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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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What are the best post-Alice strategies for drafting claims in software patent applications?

As I understand, the Alice decision set up a two-step rule for determining patent eligibility. Subsequent rulings in the U.S. (like McRO, Inc. v. Activision Publishing, McRO v. Bandai Namco Games ...
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How should I patent my behavioral bio-metric identification idea in the US or Europe?

I know all of you are really well versed with patents here and I am a completely novice . Me and My team have come up with a working system which implements behavioral bio-metric identification system ...
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Can a company who has released a product before another be asked to remove it because of a posterior patent?

Let's say: Company A releases a software with a specific algorithm in January 2016. There are many proofs that the design of the software has been made before January 2016: customers have bought it ...
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Is the Chase-Lev Deque patent (US20070143326A1) still valid after Alice?

US20070143326A1 - Dynamic Circular Work-Stealing Deque concerns a method of scheduling work on multiple threads by means of work stealing using a resizable buffer. Since it was filed by David Chase ...
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Is no one ever allowed to use a simplex grid in procedural generation until the Simplex Noise patent expires?

I'm having a hard time interpreting the claims found in Ken Perlin's patent for simplex noise. It seems that if I do not use the same method of hashing indicies that he used, I'm not violating claim ...
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Section 101 - Computer Implemented Invention

Can anyone point me to recent (post-Alice) successful examination responses to section 101 for computer implemented inventions (software patents). I am currently prosecuting a s101 objection for a ...
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Is it possible to write software that doesn't infringe on patents?

I'm working on app not similar to Uber, but one that also facilitates peer-to-peer economic activity. However, I recently came across a patent filed by Uber, entitled "Providing a summary or ...
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Someone stole my computer program and said he will patent it. How can I check if patent exists?

First off sorry if this isn't the right place, I am new here. I took a job creating a computer program for a client. No formal contract was signed, though he did agree to pay me a flat rate. I gave ...
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How is patent infringement usually being discovered?

Suppose I developed a novel video compression algorithm that compresses video in a higher rate than commonly seen method, and I patented it. Now I want to discover whether some other companies might ...
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Can I patent a calculation method or application, that uses previously undefined variables?

I work in an industry where a large portion of the manufacturing process is "black box" - you don't get instant production feedback from the equipment. You literally take notes on the product that you ...
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A feature in Software Product

Can a feature available in a software product patented? For eg, there are various Core Banking Systems and will they be patenting these features? Then how are other products able to give the features?...
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Can I patent in spite of this existing patent with very broad description?

I want to patent my product which does something based on your proximity to it, using your smartphone's GPS. I'm searching for existing patents, and I found this one which is about an LED light, ...
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How to determine eligibility for software patents?

I see a lot of questions on software patents, but very few questions about eligibility, post-Alice. What is the current thinking, particularly in the wake of Enfish and Bascomb?
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Patent for mobile application outside USA

I want to file a patent for a mobile application, however I'm not located in the US. I did some research and found out that I could start with a national patent filing in my country and then follow ...
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Can terms and conditions trump patent awards?

I am about to apply for a patent with regard to a specific type of interaction between website users. My website has been developed to allow Facebook logins for users (but not implemented yet), but I ...
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Validity of patent on Merkle Trees

(I originally posted this on law.SE and was directed here.) Patent US4309569, published in 1982 and expiring 20 years later, describes an algorithm for creating hash trees (known as Merkle trees, ...
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What concrete lessons should software patent applicants learn from Alice vs CLS Bank?

Alice vs CLS Bank decided that implementing an abstract idea on a generic computer is not patentable. Most experts seem to believe that SCOTUS's decision invalidated some, but not all software ...
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Can I patent a sports prediction model?

I've developed a highly profitable basketball prediction model. Thing is, I don't live in a place where gambling is legal (lame). My real question is: how can I capitalize on the model without ...
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How can I identify the usage implications of this granted patent for the base91 encoding algorithm?

I'm currently doing some research on base-n binary encoding algorithms (such as base32, base58, base64, base85, base91, etc) to see if the tradeoff between complexity (base64 implementations are ...
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I want to build a software similar to one that is already built but it is patent pending what are my choices?

There is an app/software that evaluates posture. I would like to create a software that does the same idea (evaluates posture) except make it better based on my needs and idea of the functions/...
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Did they check before accepting this patent?

Carsim proposed an architecture where a system takes a natural language description, converts it into a formal description and instantiates corresponding scene elements. This was done in 2002, before ...
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What are the restrictions on using this method?

In reference to the patent: US9207318
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Does this prohibit other camera measuring systems?

In reference to the patent: US6490534 Would a camera-based system that took photographs of the user, but determined the user's measurements through another method( still analyzing the photos of the ...
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method patent: sub-method dependency

Suppose a method patent that consists of: step A, step B, step C, step D We're disclosing how to perform each step. Step C involves performing a sub-method to perform step C. This step C can be ...
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File Provisional Application without some implementation details

I found a problem in the world, right now this problem is not solved properly(already did patent search, did not found anything similar to it or any product on the market). I know how it can be solved ...
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what if my software product has unique feature but uses library functions of another technology?

In a scenario, where, I have made a unique concrete result oriented software in Java, using Java library functions to make the software, my questions are: Is my unique concrete result oriented Java ...
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Patent the Code, Software or both?

I have not patented anything an am new to this. I have a language learning methodology by learning by an online platform. We use our own methodology developed by us and the platform was developed from ...
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Getting over patents using multiple companies

LET ME BE VERY SPECIFIC: Suppose some company - ABC is awarded with a patent, say an Operating System which can access its features through speech recognition. Suppose Another company, XYZ sells an O....
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Do I need NDA when talking about submitted patent

I submitted software patent to USPTO. In today's climate probability of getting such patents is very low, so I decided to treat it as a trade secret for now. Do I need NDA when explaining the gist of ...
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How to protect an app whose functionality is not novel, but the GUI is

I have an app whose purpose isn't novel, but the way the GUI helps serve that purpose is. There are many apps built for this same purpose, but not a single one of them have a GUI similar to mine. I'm ...
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is a computer listing necessary for a provisional utility patent?

My invention is a printed circuit board with a micro-controller, which runs my software algorithm. The algorithm is about 3500 lines of source code. I just read USPTO rule that computer listing of ...
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Scientifically invalid patents

This is going to be a weird question. I am an academic researcher. In my field there has been a key topic whose "accepted" solution has been known not to work since 1962. Nobody had been able to ...
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An efficient way to protect my software

I am developing a software application. At the heart of it is a method which I think passes the tests for 'patent-ability' and I am planning to lodge a provisional application just before I launch. ...