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

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Is SIFT algorithm patent valid in Europe?

I want to use the SIFT algorithm for my scientific research (in EU, concretely SP), but it may end in a commercial software. I've searched the internet and what I found is that the patent is only in ...
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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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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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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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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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Software patent implementations license

Given that a software patent can be implemented in different ways, languages and platforms then what are the license requirements of the implemented pieces of software? Is it possible that the patent ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 mobile app prior to development?

I have what I think is a novel idea for a mobile app, and I would like to develop it but having a day job this could take a year or two or three. Instead of starting developing now I am considering ...
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Is the Domino's Pizza Tracker actually patent pending?

4 years ago Domino's launched the "pizza tracker". It has since then said "Patent Pending" on the tracker image. Is this actually patent pending? Any chance they would actually get the patent? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Patents regarding to web applications

I'm working on my own product which will be an web application (what it is or do doesn't matter for this question). I watch a lot of Shark Tank (and kind a like) and always hear lines like "Do you ...
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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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Software patenting questions

I am a student and I don't have enough money (not even nearly enough) to file a patent. I strongly believe in my idea and therefore I would give and do anything in my power to secure this patent. I ...
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Patentability of a specialized programming library/framework

I am a newbie here, so direct me to the right thread if this question has been asked before. I recently talked to an IP attorney and he stated that any "method" or "program" ran on a "regular computer"...
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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. ...
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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 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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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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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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What is the difference between a license and a patent?

From what I know, I can legally protect my software source code from being used elsewhere (even in a modified form), with an appropriate software license. This requires no long legal process; I just ...
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Developed methodology listed in patent claims, yet not listed as an inventor?

Myself and a co-worker developed the methodology for performing a process (software development), and we even helped author the claims for the provisional patent application, yet we have been left off ...
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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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What does claim 1 of US 2008/0255822 A1 cover?

In reference to the patent: US 2008/0255822 A1 Does this patent mean that no-one can do another architecture coverage driven test generator for ARM cores? This patent is quite generic and I believe ...
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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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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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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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