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

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Doesn't this method already exists in sites that like Dropbox?

According to Dropbox: "You can get extra space by inviting your friends to try out Dropbox. If a friend uses your invitation to sign up for an account you will receive bonus space." This means that ...
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Processing of Gesture-based User Interaction Using Volumetric Zones

I was looking at the new company LeapMotion and did some reading and it occurred to me that it looks like there is a patent from 2012 out there involving this subject - noting that the filers are not ...
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Is 'US6137498' a still valid patent?

I'm wondering if 'US6137498' is still valid. This patent is about photo mosaics, and I'm thinking that it is very weird for making artwork to be protected by a patent. I have read an article about ...
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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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Can I include multiple specific software functionalities of my broad idea in a single provisional patent application?

I have a limited budget and I am looking form a startup based on my idea. My idea is related to mobile (Android, iOS, etc) apps and a supporting website. It is a broad idea which can be implemented ...
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How detailed should a provisional patent application be? (Software)

I am considering filing for a provisional patent which deals with mobile and web technologies. Now this is a method to do something. But how detailed do I go? Right now, I have something working in ...
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UK software patent

Article 52 (2) determines what is and is not patentable subject matter within the EU: The following in particular shall not be regarded as inventions within the meaning of paragraph 1: (a) ...
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Is this check-splitting patent valid?

Application US20120036028 So basically this is check splitting... We have been working on a system for the last year and a half that has the same "feature". By advice from our legal counsel, there ...
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Can video game terrain generation methods be patented?

I recently found a patent for "rule-based procedural terrain generation", applied by Sony Online Entertainment Inc. Is there any prior art for this patent (i. e., the procedural generation of video ...
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How to patent an idea for computer software?

In computer programming, most inventions are mainly ideas, as they can be implemented in thousands ways. Is it possible and how to patent an idea? For example, the badges of Stack Exchange are based ...
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Does iBooks Author use US patent 2012/0221436?

US patent application 2012/0221436 is about teachers that create, using special software, textbooks that will be sold. This is the same thing that iBooks Author does, isn't it? Therefore: does Apple ...
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Prior art for patent in Whitserv v Computer Packages case

In reading the Whitserv v Computer Packages case and blog entry from Patently-O, I’m having problems in seeing how patent 6,981,007 is valid. I noticed that there is another question regarding this ...
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Prior art for analyzing passwords

It shouldn't be too hard to find prior art on patent application 20120284783. The primary claim is taking apart the password to identify common words or patterns. The password is checked by various ...
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Registering Patent, Can a way of doing things be registered as patent or copyrighted?

I'm working on a method of user authentication. I Googled the whole web, different places like Wikipedia, and some science journals and didn't find the strategy I'm using. Can my strategy be ...
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Prior art for a mobile speech access US20120253817

US20120253817 Mobile speech attendant access, filed Apr 4, 2011 Claim 1 has to do with a mobile device using speech recognition on a remote server to place a phone call and is well known. Claim 2 has ...
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Prior art for an oil and gas lease and royalty management software program

US8249994 Claim 19 appears to claim no more than: A mineral lease management system (managing information about oil and gas leases and wells) Allowing a user to input data about a lease over the ...
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Is patent US6513002 valid? Is there prior art in computer textbooks published prior to 1990?

About Patent US6513002: Rule-based number formatter It seems to me that many computer textbooks published before 1990 have include exercises about how to write a simple number translation program. I ...
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Patentibility of ‘Systems and methods for identifying unauthorized users of an electronic device’

As I was reading US patent 8289130 ‘Systems and methods for identifying unauthorized users of an electronic device’, I was just asking myself questions on how come this is patentable? How does it meet ...
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Can XML/JSON structure formats be patented?

Is it possible to patent or trademark XML/JSON data structures? If Company A had a service that requested common data and Company B chose to use an identical structure for their clients, could Company ...
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Can one patent software if that software uses a library that is Apache License, BSD, or MIT?

I just read that under BSD, Apache, and MIT Licenses, one can use, modify and redistribute source code in a product as long as credit for the open source portion is given back to the the author. That ...
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Why did IBM buy patent (6,904,428) about an “intranet mediator”?

From what I see, US patent 6,904,428 (by the Illinois Institute of Technology) is a search algorithm process. Any ideas why IBM thought they needed it? An intranet mediator for obtaining direct ...
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Prior Art for Onsite backup for internet-based data processing

Our startup is trying to provide a backup solution for Google Apps for your domain. In principle it's a software running on the client computer. Our software then connects to Google via APIs (GData) + ...
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Doesn't this mean most current software using scrolling is in violation of Patent 5495566?

In US patent 5495566 (filed 1994-11-22, issued 1996-02-27), Microsoft patented varied speed scrolling depending on the speed of mouse wheel spin, something that is now always used. Does this mean that ...
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Has Facebook patented location checkins, and how could I get around it?

My app features functionality to see where your friends are, pretty much like Foursquare and Facebook do, but the scope and reason why are quite different. In fact, it would be check in / and check ...
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Prior art for an apparatus for sound direction finding

I'm looking for prior art for US patent application 2011/0054890 filed 2009/08/25. That would be a mobile phone (or portable device) that is capable of detecting the direction and type of sounds with ...
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How does this patent affect digital downloads of multimedia at sites like Dropcards.com?

How does patent application US20100325182 affect dropcards.com and similar websites that allow users to send in their media and artwork then furnish the users with unique cards? Users hand out the ...
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Can teaching methods be patented?

I plan to develop an open-source software application that speaks words in a foreign language while displaying pictures that represent the words. Can teaching methods (such as Rosetta Stone's language ...
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Taking ideas from other apps

Is it legal to take a idea from some existing app and re-code it for my app? It may sound very vague, but here is the situation: I found an android app and I like to code it for windows desktop. I am ...
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Prior art for linked list (secondary and tertiary traversal)?

This is the first I've heard of this patent for linked lists and traversals filed in 2002. Note that the claim is not a patent on a linked list itself (discussion on Hacker News), but apparently on a ...
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Are data structures patentable?

US7028023 seems to be a patent for a data structure (a variation on a linked list with an extra pointer to the item after the next item). Are data structures generally considered patentable, if so, ...
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Found patent that describes my iPhone app/Website idea, any options?

I've been working on an app/website that I planned to sell for iPhone and Android, but recently found a patent that describes the idea almost exactly. There are currently no apps that implement this ...
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Web site with restricted functionality until registers, then full functionality

US Patent #7,353,199 is about a system for creating a web site where the user gets "restricted" access (less that full functionality) during a trial period, but "full" access once ...
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Patent on comparing two values which are put through a hash function to determine if the same

I came across this patent titled “Similarity-based access control of data in a data processing system” (priority date: 1995-04-11). Abstract: Similarity of data items is determined by analyzing ...
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Prior art for speech detection in a data stream

Looking for prior art dated before 2010 regarding technology that determines that data being received at a mobile phone is speech if an accelerometer in the phone moves in a certain direction. The ...
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In a patent notice, is the name you use to refer the patented product important?

When patenting software, is it important the name you use to qualify the product? Example: Software product protected by US Patent No. XXXX. Technology protected by US Patent No. XXXX. I prefer to ...
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What kind of penalties should I expect when having text about patents that expired in my products?

What kind of penalties should I expect when text about patents patents that expired in my products? (e.g. "This product is protected by Patent No. XXXX" -> This was true at one time, but not anymore, ...
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Double tap spacebar to insert period and capitalize next character (RIM) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON USER INTERFACE - This patent from RIM claims the idea of... doubletap spacebar to insert periods and capitalize! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications ...
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What are the pros and cons of publicizing patents / patents pending?

Assuming a company will work on and submit its patents, independently of whether its patents / patents pending are publicized or not (e.g. in its software and website), are there real benefits in ...
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Prior Art for GoDaddy Patent Announcing a Domain Name Registration on a Social Website

DomainWire has announced that the USPTO has just issued a patent to GoDaddy that covers a method of announcing a domain name announcement on a social network. U.S. patent number 8,276,057. In my view, ...
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Can a master's thesis be used as prior art?

I wrote software in 1973 under Federal grant for my MS. While studing at CWRU, one of the early ARPA net sites, I wrote graphics display software for Project LOGOS, a government supported effort and ...
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Auto correcting semantic code errors by executing code snippets and seeing which ones produce no errors

To be fair, I think this is a ridiculously better software patent than any of the other ones I've seen, but I bet there is prior art for it. The first claim: 1. A method for correcting semantic ...
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Prior art for a web-based system for commissioning software development

Maybe oDesk or eLance are the prior art, but this patent on providing software development services via a website probably has loads of prior art. US20120240097 A1 — Method of providing ...
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What should I know before using “Patent Pending” in my products/ website?

Some years ago I read that you should not use the phrase "Patent Pending" in connection to products or marketing materials that do not actually feature or describe technology that is actually claimed ...
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How are damages calculated if found guilty of infringement?

If I am found guilty of a software patent infringement how does the court determine how much damage is done and how much I should pay?
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Are US software patents enforceable in the UK?

The UK Patent Act 1977 clearly states that It is hereby declared that the following (among other things) are not inventions for the purposes of this Act, that is to say, anything which consists of ....
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How much does US patent law affect international development?

I am originally from Canada, and I live in Asia, but, like a lot of software developers, software code I develop on the web is hosted and used within the United States. Like many, I've heard lots of ...
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Prior art for new treatment for anxiety disorder

Consider this WIPO: METHODS FOR TREATING SOCIAL DISORDERS and its current 3 entries at national levels: #US20110027765 -> Reviewer has requested some changes in the claims but it's going forward. UK: ...
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Benefits of Software Patents for the software developer (freelancer, companies…)

As the current software patents stand, is there a need for software patents in regards to software development, and what benefits do they bring to the software developer in general? My question is ...
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Is it worth patenting something before submitting to the W3C?

Is it worth patenting something before submitting to the W3C, even if it's a royalty free patent?
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Can I patent my logic for a pantry management system?

Is it possible to patent my own logic for determining if pantry items have gone bad in a software system for managing items? I don't expect there to be a god-given algorithm for this logic, but if I ...