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

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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. ...
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is a provisional utility patent the way I need to go?

I want to protect my invention as soon as, and as fast as possible with a provisional utility patent for the software and hardware design, and then have 12 months to complete the claims, etc. for the ...
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Can i patent mobile app algorithm

We developing mobile app and we going to use device location which is generated by GPS or Mobile network in different way.Also we working on other system hardware data which is not currently using by ...
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Using algorithm whether it infringe patents?

I am planning to develop my own algorithm and software solution that will use Least Significant Bit Algorithm (LSB) in digital watermarking. I have seen that there are lot of articles regarding this ...
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Prior Art for US20150095841 A1 ‘Composable Analytics’ and Data Flow Based programming?

In reference to the patent application: US20150095841 and its images which are all viewable here. What references to prior art are necessary and sufficient to counter this patent application? The ...
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Coverage and risk of ImageWare patents

I'm planning to create a biometric time attendance software but stumbled upon ImageWare Systems Inc. patents. Namely US7298873. I did some research and found couple reports on company: pumpstopper and ...
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How big a priority is it for me to apply for patent of my software algorithm?

How big a priority is it for me to apply for patent of my software algorithm? It’s used in a prototype for an actual product (A), and a proof-of-concept for product (B). (B) has a very interested ...
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Possible patent considerations when posting Source-Code online?

I am currently a Master's student in Engineering. Recently I have begun working on a project that (I believe) to have tremendous value and applicability to industry. Being that I am a master's ...
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How can I protect my SaaS startup with patents?

My startup mentor suggested that it's important to protect my SaaS startup from bigger fish, in particular, to look at the product and consider what might be patentable. Is there a process or perhaps ...
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How should I structure my claims and embodiments in regards to a patent for an invention to be implemented by a text editor?

In US patent law, how are claims that are dependent on an earlier claim affec the interpretation of the earlier claim. Is the prior claim's interpretation based on each dependent claim, or is the ...
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US20150310570 seems like a superfluous invention, can someone see prior Art and if suitable innovation exists

Please see the patent filed on the URL: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2015/0310570.html The claims of the patent are: 1. A system comprising: a processing device; a memory operatively coupled to ...
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This Patent is for a process that that was invented by someone else

In reference to the patent: US20140101112 This patent application is for a process and software systems that were built by my company years before the Applicant was ever in business. How can I ...
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Has anyone patented a way to implement fast tunable optical filters with 1 to 2 nm bandwidth FWHM that are insensitive to angle of incidence?

In reference to the patent: US6901178, Fast Tunable Optical Filter I am interested in whether the combination of a spectrometer and a tunable notch filter based on U.S Patent 6901178 with notch ...
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Can GitHub code be considered prior art? What if its in a private repository?

I may file a patent in the future that relates to a user interface on smartphones. In the meant time, I am building the algorithm stored in a GitHub repository. My question is: Can I use this GitHub ...
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Am I allowed to use a published algorithm which is an improvement to a patented algorithm?

In a current project (which might see commercial use in the futere) I need to track people and objects in camera images. A little bit of research brought up the "Discriminative Scale Space Tracker" (...
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Depiction of an object which depends on patented control software

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that I would like to depict an elevator system in a video game. This elevator system is deliberately similar to a real elevator system. That real elevator system ...
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What happens if open source software infringes existing patent?

What happens if an open source software is released globally and it violates a patent? I found an interesting answer on MetaFilter and would like to know if it is considered to be correct by local ...
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Non-technical description for software patency?

What is a good example of a brief description on software patency? Essentially, I'd like a way to communicate what may be patentable and what may not be. I get asked a lot about software patency and ...
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In the USA, is it legal to perform an algorithm described in a software patent on pencil and paper?

In general, based on my non-lawyer reading of patents, most software patents cover doing the described algorithm on a computer. Are there any legal issues at all in doing an algorithm by hand, on ...
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In the USA, is it legal to distribute source code that, when run, would violate a patent?

Is it legal in the US to distribute source code that when run, would be in violation of a software patent? This is not unprecedented, for example the LAME MP3 Encoder distributes source code for a ...
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Prior art request: US7263687 (Object-oriented enumerated type facility)

This is a post-grant prior art request for US7263687, which has a filing date of Sep. 9, 2002. This patent is a generalization of what most developers know as an enum in the Java programming language....
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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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Leitner system Patent

The leitner system has been invented in 1970 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leitner_system but Adaptively-spaced repetition which is the base of Leitner system has been registered in google patents in ...
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Software claims and infringement

In a software patent, typically three kinds of claims expressing almost the same idea are listed, namely system claim, method claim, and media claim. In my interpretation, the system claim and ...
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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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Automatic pupil distances using a mobile app [closed]

In reference to the patent: US9091867 Is this method available to automatically get the pupil distances using an app on a mobile device?
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Parallel Programs for GPU

US 2014/0180989 A1 has been applied by Google. It seems that the patent is about convolutional neural network with parallel architecture. I have searched further and found that several companies ...
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software method claim could be rephrased a generic business method

My software patent application was rejected as "abstract idea". Main method claim and all its dependent claims could be rephrased a generic business method without use of a computer, but it wouldn't ...
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Does the use of software covered by GPLv3 and used in a patent for a device have any effect on the validity of the patent?

If one wants to use free software like Machinekit covered by GPLv3 in the further development of a device covered by the patent, does the use of the software have any effect on the validity of the ...
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How to prevent patent on a software feature which you have in your private project?

The company I am currently working on is patenting a software feature that I have used in my private project. My private project is very old and has been using this technique/feature for a long time. ...
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Why do none of the links to images or PDF files work? They show the broken link icon [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US20150105592
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Why to reveal (software) methods through a patent?

Say I may have a "computer-implemented invention" which is very easy on the hardware side but very complicated on the software side. I may be thinking about getting a patent for it. What would be my ...
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Write a patent without giving too much away

I would like to acquire a patent for a software algorithm, but I don't want to provide too much detail, for fear that anyone could look it up, and copy the steps that I've outlined.
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How to build software if you're unaware of which parts can contain potential patent infringements

As of lately, I've noticed quite an increase in software algorithm patents, that is: patents that explain certain data structures and/or software algorithms. The problem I personally have with ...
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Can embedded software be patented in the EU?

I know that no software can be patented in Europe. But what if I use software in an electronic board, and introduce that hardware? Can that be patented?
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Is it possible to obtain a patent on a technology I am already selling?

As part of software product I needed a software utility (library) that I could not find so I built it from scratch. I think it is unique and has some value and for sure I want to protect it. Since it ...