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

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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 ...
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How does one start patenting an idea in India?

I have an invention to do with Mobile cloud services. I'm not versed on the subject but I am technically inclined (I study computer engineering). How would I go about obtaining a patent for my ...
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Microsoft Patent from 2008 for "Automatic censorship of audio data for broadcast"

Is it just me, or is this patent really broad? Patent No. 7437290 http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7437290.html Claim 1 A method for automatically censoring audio data, comprising the steps ...
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EU (non-US, european) patent EP 1148681 - software patent and prior art

EP 1148681 is a EU patent owned by Nokia. Nokia has been granted an injunction against all of HTC's Android devices based on this patent. This shouldn't even be patentable in the EU, since software ...
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Open Source References

This patent is comprised of mainly open source technologies all put together. Can open source items be patent in this manner without a reference? The open source project I'm referencing is Kegbot (...
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Is clarifying some terminology in an Amendment considered "new material"?

In working with my examiner to address issues with the claims mentioned in a final rejection of my (pro se) software patent application, I changed one term in the claims from "word1 word2" to "word1 ...
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Patent During Software Development - When is the best time?

My company is currently developing software and we are interested in pursuing a patent for it. My question is should I file patent it prior to completing the final version - we are about 1-2 months ...
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does beta testing software count as a sale?

Does beta-testing of software count as a sale and trigger the start of the one year grace period? I am referencing: "Under current U.S. law (35 U.S.C. §102(b)), a sale or offer for sale of the ...
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Is there a legitimate/reliable way to apply for a software patent for < $1000?

I'd like to patent a niche idea for a software product. I'm just an individual developer. I have no access to a legal team or expensive legal services. What is the best option for applying for ...
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Why is there the same boilerplate stuff at the front of every patent?

A large number of patents in the IT area appear to have a very similar diagram embedded int them somewhere, usually some forms of a block diagram detailing system components such as Northbridge, ...
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Patent for a machine that stores electric charge in a capacitor

Can I patent a machine that stores electric charge in multiple capacitors each being addressed by a transistor on a chip in a specified way leading to a predefined current output? In other words, is ...
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can this patent on smartphone app stop me?

I developed a software system that comprises an app for smartphones, one for tablets and a central server that manages the communications between all the instances of them. I did a research and found ...
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Do I need international protection for a computerized method?

Central to my invention is a process that runs on a computer, generating routing information, which is sent to vehicles for efficient carriage of persons or cargo. While the people or cargo will be ...
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Multi-story 3d printing

I'm looking to create a software that assembles multiple small objects into multiple layers. The reason for this is that the objects are relatively small (a few cm diameter), and the printing platform ...
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How similar does non provisional and provisional patent have to be?

I prefer to not spend a lot of money before I see if it has any value so I would like to file a provisional patent on my own. The basic invention takes some data from inputs encodes it in a certain ...
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Software Patents: Claiming as a METHOD vs as a SYSTEM?

Software patents could be described in claims as methods or as systems. One cannot claim damages for infringement of METHODS until the method is used (e.g. when the software is run). But, one can ...
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SIFT: reusing some claims and replacing others by strictly different nonpatented methods?

SIFT is a patented method that does both feature detection and description (US6711293 - http://www.google.com/patents/us6711293). The method consists of roughly of three points (please let me know if ...
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Is application US20090055029 this fairly obvious?

This is basically "put a webserver on it and call it an invention" This sort of thing has been done on home routers and numerous other types of industrial equipment for many years. How would one go ...
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Smartphone Apps: Difference between a device and software?

If a patent makes claims about a "device", but not about "software", does that mean I can make apps without infringing, and would my app potentially be patentable? Example: Say I want to write a ...
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Prior art request: OMNI-DIRECTIONAL CAMERA AND RELATED VIEWING SOFTWARE patent 20120206565

http://www.google.com/patents/US20120206565 This patent covers the hardware design of a multi-camera array of video cameras making up a spherical or 360º panoramic video system. The whole idea is ...
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Patenting data representation on screen

Is it possible to patent the way folder structure is represented on the screen. In what sense it is patentable since it does not fit into any category but Apple and Microsoft have parts of their ...
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Computer Software patent applications rejected in the UK - Can it still be granted in Europe/US?

I understand Europe/US have relaxed the regulations surrounding computer software patents, whilst the UK remains somewhat rigid. Thus, would it stand that if such an application was rejected in the UK ...
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Does clarity of a patent affect its value?

There is much talk about how software patents are deliberately written in an obfuscated manner, as a ploy that contravenes the purpose of the system. It seems to me that one could argue the ...
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Possible patent infringement when implementing a file viewer

I'm writing a piece software. As part of my application I intend to implement a custom file browser (a simple popup window, which allows you to search folders, files etc). My intention is to divide ...
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Authentic barcodes using digital signatures (Verisign) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Apr 13, 2011 that discusses digitally signing of barcodes ? (as opposed to signing documents, images etc) TITLE: Authentic barcodes using ...
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Are there any patent issues associated with making my own version of a protocol?

If researchers are prototyping a new type of network protocol, and I use their concepts to implement my own version (my way of doing it, 100% my code, different programming language, etc), are there ...
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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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Prior art of performance monitoring using software to build schedulers?

Relates to Patent Application 20090055833 - "System and Method for performance monitoring." I come with two questions; First, it would seem to me substantial prior art exists to 1994. However, this ...
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Software for assigning technicians to jobs - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Title: System and method for computer-aided technician dispatch and communication Patent No.: 6,990,458 Assignee: CSG Systems, Inc. Prior art cutoff: Prior art predating Aug 28, 1996 Summary: Patent ...
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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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Does a software implementation count as prior art?

Does a software implementation count as prior art and sufficient proof to invalidate a patent application? Does it matter whether the implementation was closed-source, open-source or public-domain?
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Would software automating a manual process described in an old book be invalidated because the book is prior art?

There is a book from before the PC age that describes how to manually do something that could be done with software. A number of websites describe how to do this manually still, though apparently no ...
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Website Customization — Caching dynamically-generated websites — Issued Patent — PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON CUSTOMIZING A WEBSITE - This issued patent seeks to patent the idea of... building a user profile by watching user behavior on a website! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow ...
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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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Am I allowed to reimplement the Go programming language?

From "http://golang.org/PATENTS": Additional IP Rights Grant (Patents) "This implementation" means the copyrightable works distributed by Google as part of the Go project. Google hereby ...
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What aspects of Microsoft's UProve technology is patented by others?

Microsoft published their UProve technology to an open source license; however they mention that they can't guarantee that the technology does not infringe on other patents not covered by Microsoft. ...
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MESH NETWORK GATEWAY AND SECURITY SYSTEM Patent Application – PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MESH NETWORKING — This application from Schlage seeks to patent a secure gateway between a mesh network and an IP network, and a lock device connected through the mesh network. Because mesh ...
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A license that prevents raising a software patent

Would it be possible, from a legal point of view, to create a software license that would prevent someone from patenting any part of software (source code) released under that license? I know there ...
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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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What is a good way to locate (and choose) a U.S. patent attorneys office that specializes in a given area within a field

What's the best way to find specific patent firms and individual attorneys who specialize in the technology area of my application? It seems that the best patent attorneys tend to have specialties. ...
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Can I use examples in the Background section?

To make sure the Background section of my application conveys the novelty of my idea, can I provide an exemplary use case scenario within the Background section? Without it, I feel that the examiner ...
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Is there ex parte reexamination statistics narrowed to software patents only?

uspto.gov publish statistics quarterly, but the numbers are averaged from all industries and fields. I am trying to figure out whats chances a software patent had in 2011/2012 to go through a ex parte ...
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What parts of Bouncy Castle are affected by patents?

Given that Bouncy Castle is an Open Source project, it's entirely possible that the contents contains implementations protected by various patents. Since it's possible for the patent holder to sue ...