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

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How Do I avoid being sued for patent infringement when publishing my mobile app?

I have created an app for use in mobile phones and I intend to make the app available for sale. From my research, there is no other app that looks like mine that I've heard of, there is an old ...
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What is the current status of US6493686?

It says lapsed for US6493686, but I do not understand why. Is this information up to date? How can I determine the reason for this patent having lapsed, for example if it was abandoned for non-...
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Find potential patents related / linked to a Trademark

Apologies in advance if this isn't the right place to ask - I'm new to this forum. I'm building a software product that is similar to an existing product online in some ways. I want to make sure I'm ...
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US 8,903,797 - System and method for loading objects for object-relational mapping

I recently found the patent System and method for loading objects for object-relational mapping US 8,903,797. I develop Ruby on Rails web applications that follow the Active record pattern for Object ...
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software features not patented

I have written software 10 years ago that has a feature that has now been used by many top brands, and I believe it was the first software tool to feature it. It wasnt patented, but is there any ...
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Any sort of fair use clause for software using methods years before they get patented?

This question probably was already asked thousands of times, yet I could not find any similar question. One creates a software. An innovative one with lots of fancy new things which were never ...
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US 2013/0272429, a patent application on calculating three checksums instead of one

I stumbled upon patent US 2013/0272429 that appears to patent calculating three checksums instead of one. Even if the obviousness of the basic idea is not enough to throw this out there should be ...
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Does this patent mean I cannot build a better system?

Is it safe to assume that due to this patent below - NO other system, web-based or other, can be put into place to compete? Can I not build my own MIS system? In reference to the patent: ...
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What happened to dependent claims if referred independent claim rejected?

I have an independent claim in my application for software patent that could be rejected on grounds like "abstract idea". There are a few dependent claims with limitations that hopefully pass the bar. ...
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Should I use math notation in a patent application in light of Alice decision.

I use some math notation in my software/method patent application to make the description precise. I am not claiming any mathematical operations. Could it be that just the usage of math notations ...
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Why isn't there a requirement for all software / business method patent applications to be “formally specified”?

Why isn't there a requirement that all software / business method patent applications be formally specified ? Formal methods has been around / best practice in the [Software] Engineering spheres for ...
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Jurisdiction of a US patent?

Just read Top 10 (US) Patents for 2014 and spotted one that essentially covers a business process that's only really applicable outside of the US: Bank of America’s the Foreign Currency Solution (U.S. ...
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Does a computer code patent hold against development in other computer languages?

I've got this code in mathematica that could be used in other programming languages. Would a patent protect me against people transferring the mathematical formulas I've developed into other ...
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US 7,356,606 – this patent must be invalid

The patented technology seems trivial. The owner has already sued 42 companies. I assume their settlement requests are small enough that it wouldn't make sense to defend a case. Perhaps someone ...
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role of “processor” in software method claims

I am wondering if I should explicitly refer to processor in software method claims, like "...comprising executing on a processor the steps of..." or it is enough to say "computer-implemented method" ...
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Software Patents after Alice decision

There are a lot of discussions about Software Patents in the Post-Alice environment. People suggested that it introduces great uncertainty in what could be claimed, if anything. I found a USPTO ...
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Would I be violating the patent if I produced a similar product with completely different methods and had different intentions for product?

In reference to the patent: US7123424 I would like to make a similar product, but I do not know if I am violating their patent. It is very broad and obviously trying to protect it from being ...
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File Patent Internationally on Behalf of Others

I have been thinking about patenting a product that I have been developing together with a friend, and was wondering if you guys could help me out with some question: Am I able to patent something on ...
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Do pre-sales also start the clock on the one year grace period?

Are pre-sales like crowd funding considered an actual sale which would start the clock on the one year grace period? Specifically I'm thinking about crowd funding websites like kickstarter.com ...
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Can patents on computer file formats be obtained?

Preface When talking about file formats (= data formats intended for files), it is easy to confuse the data format and the algorithm used to produce or decode this format. This is mostly due to the ...
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Can you patent an idea involving software & hardware?

My idea consists of a particular 'architecture' involving: few Open Source software technologies some code written by myself WordPress API TV screen and a PlayStation controller Is an idea such as ...
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How can Microsoft get away with this?

Microsoft's patent on virtual desktops (US7010755) is unlawful, Microsoft did not invent, develop or own this, as clearly shown on the design diagrams the gnome logo and interface can be seen which ...
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do I need submit the code for software patent?

My patent application describes software method. I wrote the code just to test it. It is stripped down embodiment, as real things would be more complex and depending on particular implementation. All ...
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Release software for private use only

I build a connected wiki and mind map application (www.vis-a-wiki.org). In the process of releasing it I learned about software patents and that I might get in trouble there (though I don't know of ...
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When should a software service or framework be patented or protected?

Should a software service or framework be patented or protected? If so, at what point?
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Patent WO 2014122535 A2 (US 14/172,685): User Interface, prior art exists

I studied this patent (pending) and it seems obvious to me that prior art apply on: System for organizing and displaying information on a display device WO2014122535A2 US20140223313 Application ...
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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

I am about launching a mobile application soonest (in 5 days time) but I am really scared about others using the idea behind the whole system because the few people I have spoken to about investing in ...
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When a patent infringment litigation is considered frivolous?

Where is the line telling that a litigation is basically a bullying tool for a patent holder? Accusing party is providing software patent infringement arguments that are laughable to one skilled in ...
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Possible US court sanctions over EU company in software patent infringment case

What are the possible sanctions from US court if a EU company decides that continuing software patent litigation is useless but is not willing to make a deal with accusing party. In other words ...
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Do I need a specific kind of patent lawyer to handle a software patent?

Do I need a specific kind of patent lawyer to handle a software patent? It seems to me that the advanced computer terminology involved in patenting software would require a patent lawyer that ...
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Looking for prior art for patent application US20140196015 “Declaration of Lifetime resource reference”

I'm looking for prior art related to following patent: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2014/0196015.html DECLARATION OF LIFETIME OF RESOURCE REFERENCE A language extension that advances safety ...
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“A method, apparatus and system …”

Often in software patents “A method, apparatus and system ...” is claimed. With reference to USC 35 – section 101 then: is “method” used as synonymous for “process”? are “apparatus and system” both ...
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Software patent boilerplate

Given that software should be shown and claimed in a hardware context software patents typically include a boilerplate, both in figures and text, identifying PC, servers, internet connections, cloud ...
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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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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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US8214361 B1 How can it be considered not obvious?

In the field of IR I was considering US8214361 B1: if I can resume the claims in two words the invention is a search engine interface that not only provides a set of results but also a set of ...
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US20140108489 A1 “Flowlet-based processing” - Quite like my own lab's work

http://www.google.com/patents/US20140108489 I work on a system that closely resembles the invention described in the above application. It in fact shares a common intellectual lineage, dating back ...
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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 it better to not to publish untill the patent is granted?

I have noticed that start-up companies that filed patent applications tend to not to publish them before the patent is granted. This can have business strategy motivations and it would be off topic to ...
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what should be the major sections of a software patent application?

Anything else other than the list at the bottom? I have to do a lot of software patent applications for a hi-tech startup. Management wants 100 this year. For software patents of our embedded ...
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Query regarding filing patent for ideas developed while with former employer

I resigned from an Australian employer (Company-X) sometime back. During the course of my employment, I developed and partly implemented some ideas as a software application. I was the sole inventor ...
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Tips on how to get software patent application approved

What are some tips to get software patent application approved by USPO? I'm responsible for the software development at a startup, and to protect our Intellectual Property I need to submit multiple ...
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Sending a CD with Codebase

This seems to be the rules on mailing a codebase for a software application on CD, it seems it needs to be on ASCII format. The reason to mail a cd of codebase is to show that you know how to build ...
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What are the terms of a US software patent approval?

What are the terms of a US software patent approval? For example: I want to patent a technology in the form of a JavaScript API. The technology makes it easier, cheaper, and faster for developers to ...
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What happens if I develop a software and provide it as an online service and someone else patents it?

Suppose that I am providing a SaaS on the web. What happens if someone (after working with my service and getting familiar with it), develops the software (and ideas used in it) and patents it?
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Most ambiguous software patents?

I know there are a lot of strange and bogus software patents out there today, for instance if i remember correctly Microsoft owns a patent for browser plugins (which basically would mean Adobe Flash ...
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Is Software Patentable?

I know there are many debates about it. Even in USA, a country very well known to be patent friendly, I'm still not sure if software is patentable. But how is the interpretation to allow software ...
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How are algorithm patents enforced?

It surprised me to learn that algorithms can be patented. If that's the case, why aren't famous algorithms like Dijkstra's algorithm patented? More importantly, how would they be enforced - wouldn't ...
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software library company with no patents

Let's say there is a software company. This company is developing a Digital Signal Processing software library. The library doesn't constitute an application itself but it is meant to be sold to be ...
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Can I Apply for patent for this?

I've implemented a new way of sharing files upto 1GB with friends, in real-time. Can patents be applied to this? If yes, I'm from India, and I'm a student, 14yr old, and I want to apply for a patent ...