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Is this prior art worth submitting to debunk patent 8108092?

Patent 8108092 entitled "Autonomous behaviors for a remote vehicle" states a rather broad method for commanding a retrotraverse behavior for a mobile robot. This concept is far from new and conceived ...
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Is patent EP2382885 awarded or pending?

A foldable footwear, EP2382885 A1 Is this patent awarded or pending? If it is pending, how long will it be before a decision is issued?
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Is assembly of existing products a 'Manufacture'?

I have an 8x5 binder and have adhered one additional item to it. I've also modified the paper that fits this binder, which fixes an existing issue. The binder provides use for a specific audience. ...
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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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Generic Learning Management System Claims

I am surprised to see the claims made in US patent 6544042. There are multiple open-source LMS and proprietory apps that help administer online tests. Can the claims in this learning express claims co-...
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Can a patent with a common assignee to a patent application not be used as prior art against the patent application?

This question answers whether a prior patent application can be used against a newer commonly owned patent application, but my question is what situations (if any) exist where a prior publication, or ...
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Is this toilet bidet patent design expired and now public?

I am new to the world of patents. I wanted to manufacture this toilet bidet in Southern Africa. Would this infringe any patents? Is the patent in the link provided above expired?
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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 Apple's iTunes Design Patent (Circle with Notes in the Middle)

A design patent covers the ornamental features of an article of manufacture. As with standard "utility" patents, a design patent must also be novel and nonobvious. For a number of years, the USPTO ...
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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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Are any of these protein stabilization papers prior art for this patent?

MUTANT G-PROTEIN COUPLED RECEPTORS AND METHODS FOR SELECTING THEM Patent application 12/450,358 filed Mar 20, 2008 Here is an example of engineering mutants to give better thermostability of a ...
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US 2011/0107630: waterfall flip-book cards

Patent application US 2011/0107630 claims a type of flip book greeting cards. Here is claim 1: 1. A greeting card comprising: a multi-panel greeting card body; a flip book panel ...
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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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What happens if I come with an idea that was already patented?

This might seem weird, but what could happen if I document (video, notes, emails, logs, etc) the development of a software application and a company sues me because they have a patent from them that I ...
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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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Patent length and breadth

Does a patent have a life span, say 7 years and if a piece of an old patent is used in a new one and much more accurately described and refined is that OK?
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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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How does Apple's patent differ from Microsoft HEL?

How does the patent application US 2011/0037768 “System for Emulating Graphics Operations” filed by Apple (filing date Oct 15, 2010) differ from Microsoft's DirectX/DirectDraw HEL (Hardware Emulation ...
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Prior Art for Apple Heuristic Search Algorithm (Pub No. 2012-0166477)

Looking for prior art for Apple's search algorithm patent. In January 2000, Apple filed its original patent application to a heuristic search approach that uses a variety of algorithms that depend ...
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Use of a patented technology

What is the best method to request use of a patented technology for use in a specific project? Is it possible to develop a simple agreement for a specific project or is it necessay to enter into a ...
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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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Patent Valuation

What are ways to find the value of a patent. By value, I mean its selling price in the market. Which is the most preferred method and if I need to go about it, how should I proceed/start?
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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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Broad claim of US Patent 7,404,278 and available prior art

Does anyone have any prior art for U.S. Patent 7,404,278. The patent describes a method of siliconization for syringes, with the novelty of the method being asserted as "subjecting the siliconized ...
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determine inventive concept OR ideas

Whats the best way to find an inventive concept OR idea from a patent OR patent application disclosure? A patent application is generally too lengthy and its hard to understand. Can somebody please ...
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Prior art for US Patent No. 6025327 for hydrolyzed collagen type II

Does any one know any prior art for the US6025327, disclosing hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage derived collagen type II, or method for preparing collagen type II from chicken sternal cartilage? ...
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Is there a central anti-patent database for openly developed and abandoned inventions?

Sites like HalfBakery and this shared Google Doc act as open repositories for potentially patentable inventions. In effect, these sites act as anti-patent databases because the inventions are never ...
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Prior art for Apple's “unified search” patent

US patent 8,086,604 is the one Apple used to temporarily get sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus blocked. It covers using a single UI to search multiple data sources, including both local and remote ones....
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What exactly does the ornamental design for a dual-action vibrator entail?

Is this for the outside shape? The mixture of materials? Please describe in detail what this design patent actually means.
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Does this analyzer server meet the “full, clear, concise” terms of 35 USC 112?

Could you explain me how the 35 USC 112 rule is satisfied by the patent US5946647: The specification shall contain a written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making ...
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What are standard-essential patents?

How do patents become "essential patents"? Do the companies submit them to become standards or are they deemed "standard" based on their nature? Are peripheral patents more powerful than essential ...
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Can a new idea for a software project be an intellectual property?

I have to do my final year project and I am going to do some kind of stuff that no one has yet attempted to do, though the completion of the project involves some things that have already been done ...
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Patent that references non-existing material

I have a concept for a technology that requires a currently non-existing material. I can describe the properties of this material. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a good real-life material ...
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Would it be legal to use Square's credit card reader for a startup?

Square's credit card reader technology is patented. Here's a claim from patent US7810729 for illustration: 1. A card reader device for reading a card having data stored on a magnetic stripe ...
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Are there any companies that assist in pre-patent research?

Are there any companies that assist in pre-patent research? I have Googled this extensively and have only found The Davis Group, whose initial fees for a prototype and market research exceed $20,000....
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Are patents which are dependent on prior inventions valid?

Example: PersonA files a patent, such as a gesture, which depends on a touch screen. PersonB holds the patent for touch screens. PersonA is therefore patenting a use for touch screens. PersonA's ...
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Are there any advantages to making your first filing in one country vs. another?

Is it always better to file a patent in United States first before extending it to other countries? What if we do the reverse: file patent in a small country then only extend it to the United States. ...
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How can I be sure that I'm not infringing on anyone's patents?

My friends and I wanted to create an online advertising service that would allow someone to create an advert, pay a one time fee, pay per click of the ad and have the ad displayed on our site and the ...
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What is the specific innovation in patent US 2010/0091396 (afocal optical concentrator)?

US patent 2010/0091396 “Afocal Optical Concentrator”, filed 2009-10-08, claims: An optical concentration and collimation system, comprising: A. a concave parabolic trough as a primary ...
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Can forum/wiki postings invalidate a patent that was granted at a later date?

I have lots of ideas and, not expecting them to be unique or profitable (or knowing how to profit from them), I discuss them online, expecting the information to be helpful to others or expecting ...
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FRAND / RAND patents

From what I understand, FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms) and RAND (Reasonable and non-discriminatory terms) patents are also patents, and the original inventor has to license ...
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Can 'my own' published application be used against 'my newer application' on the ground of 'prior-art'?

We have applied for a patent, it is published by 'PATENTSCOPE' of WIPO 7 months ago. It is presently with the International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA). The basis of invention is ...
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US 2012/0254255: automatic diary

I've been looking for prior art for a Samsung patent application KR 10-2011-0029154, published as US 2012/0254255, priority date 2011-03-31. Just 2 hits off the first 10 for a google search on "...
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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 the user registers (...
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Seeking direction to educate myself on the patent process

I had an idea for a new piece of technology, a gadget. I found a patent filed and though the intent of the invention and results are similar to what I would propose, my method (technology for ...

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