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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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URL pointing to time of video (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office that was based in part on Ask Patents contributions! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent ...
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Practicality of faster than light travel

How was a patent granted for a technology that violates basic physics? Hyper-light-speed antenna Patent number: 6025810 Filing date: Oct 2, 1997 Issue date: Feb 15, 2000 From the abstract: "A method ...
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Does a public discussion related to a patent invalidate the patent

If I discuss or seek advice from others on portions of a patent on public sites such as SO, does that invalidate the patent? For example, lets say I have an idea in mind of a software patent which ...
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Prior art on Wireless Deadbolt Actuator (Keyless entry)

I love this product, but it says Patents Pending at the bottom and this exact product has been on my personal "to-invent" list since at least 2008. I can't believe me and these guys are the only three ...
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What is an “Office Action”, and what types of “Office Actions” are there?

I have seen this term used often and have a vague idea as to what it means, but since I have not seen this term used in other fields I thought I would ask here. Is any response from the Patent Office ...
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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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Can some explain “inter partes review” and “ex parte reexamination”?

Can someone explain what "inter partes review" and "ex parte reexamination" are when challenging patents with prior art?
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Over time, which patent legislation applies, current or past?

Let's imagine a patent is filed in 2003 and later approved by the USPTO. Let's imagine someone wants to challenge it with valid prior art (year 2000 for example). Which legislation applies? The one ...
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1answer
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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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If a patent has been issued, can it still be invalidated by prior art?

Assuming the invention disclosed in a patent issued by the USPTO has been described in a book two years before it was submitted, can this patent still be invalidated by this prior art? If yes what is ...
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How can a hobbyist pragmatically defend a patent they file?

To begin with I read: Is it practical for a novice to successfully file a patent without hiring a patent lawyer? There's a large community of hobbyist and DIYselfers who are constantly working on new ...
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What is a continuation patent?

I understand that a continuation patent builds upon an existing patent (or application) by the same inventor. However, I find some aspects to be murky and prone to misuse. Specific questions follow: ...
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Would a graphic design project constitute as prior art?

Back in 1998 when I was going through my GCSEs (high school) I took graphic design and two of my projects were: a phone, and a car. My phone concept I believe (if it was valid), would be a good ...
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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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Is there a fast route to worldwide patent acquisition?

A product is expected to be deployed to 12 countries on 3 continents, with more to follow on successful launch. Would it be better to aim for worldwide patent registration (as a matter of safety) or ...
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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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Who is allowed to sue for patent infringement?

In the creation of the patent, you have two entities that are tied to it: the inventor and the assignee. Many times the patent inventor hands off the patent to a company as the assignee. Pertaining ...
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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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Online Shopping - Network Sales System - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON NETWORK SALES SYSTEMS - This issued patent seeks to patent the idea of... using a computer to add items to a shopping cart! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent ...
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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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How can Apple patent flexi screens?

According to my reading of http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/27/apple-patents-in-screen-speakers-flexible-displays-and-tactile-keyboards-for-future-iphones-and-ipads/, Apple patented flexi displays. How ...
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What is the time period allowed to get a “post-grant review”?

According to a recent blog post on AVC.com: "Section 18 of last year's America Invents Act provides for a "post-grant review proceeding for review of the validity of covered business method patents.""...
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Is my system an infrigement of the Active Time Battle patent from Final Fantasy?

Just have a simple question, the ATB system (Active Time Battle) from Final Fantasy has been patent in the past (i think 1992 on july). I am interested in making a turn based game based on the Charge ...
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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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Individual rebate code on goods transfered by customer via any network to give rebate or gifts to the customer

There are several patents out there like this: you buy a beer, on this bottle is an individual code, you can use this code on the campaign website to win a price or get a voucher e.g for an online ...
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What is functional claiming, and how does it affect the interpretation of a claim?

I've seen the term, and it seems to influence how claims are interpreted, but most of what I've read on the subject (IANAL!) rapidly gets confusing. Can anyone provide a good definition of what it is ...
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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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Prior art for compiler supporting programs as data objects

Microsoft has patent application 2011/0246973 which sounds suspiciously like Lisp. Here's claim 1: 1. A computer-readable medium having computer-executable instructions that when executed by a ...
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Prior art for preparation of functionalized zeolitic frameworks

Patent #US20100186588| "PREPARATION OF FUNCTIONALIZED ZEOLITIC FRAMEWORKS", filed Jul 16, 2008, is for the preparation of functionalized zeolitic frameworks. Here is its claim 1: 1. A zeolitic ...
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Relational Database - Using Objects to Access A Relational Database (DataTern) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

DataTern has Patent No. 5,937,402 on using objects to access a relational database. The patent was issued in 1999, and obviously people were using objects to access databases since the 80's. Basically,...
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Prior art for screen that rotates based on orientation

Patent application #20040201595, filed April 11, 2003, describes a screen that rotates based on orientation. Here is its claim 1: A method for orienting a display image, said method comprising the ...
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Does “Vessel Hull Design Protection Act” protects any kind of object of design?

I would like to know if any kind of object of design can be protected by the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, or if it is just to vessel hull objects.
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Can a sci-fi technology be submitted as prior art?

In response to a question related to multi-touch user interfaces this answer states: Prior art as published Multi-touch computer pads were used throughout the television show Star Trek: The ...
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Prior art for web-based electronically signed documents

Posting to make clear that any patent examiner should at least follow-up should it seriously be considered acceptable. Does anybody here believe this is a valid set of claims in the patent ...
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Do USPTO examiners search open-source codebases?

I have read many patent prosecution histories (on PAIR), but have never seen one that references an open-source codebase as grounds for a rejection. Instead, examiners have a tendency to rely heavily ...
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Do I need a circuit diagram to get a utility patent an electronic device?

I am a partner at a startup design company which has come up with a new novel simple electronic device for household use. Do I need an actual circuit diagram with all the parts, LCD's, clock, etc ...
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Could Apple's recent patents be based on prior art?

Some of Apple's patents, I am pretty sure are based on Prior art some of these include: Patent US 7844915. Here is its claim 1: A machine implemented method for scrolling on a touch-sensitive ...
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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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Patent agreements, over-charging & consumer protection (Microsoft “Android tax”)

TL;DR: if a majority of companies in an industry have entered into a patent licensing agreement with a patent troll on exhorbitant terms, and I as a consumer of their products am directly affected (...
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Here is what I see as an invalid patent. US6563040

I demonstrated a solar tracking mount I built at a Renewable Energy Fair, MREA Midwest Renewable Energy Association. in Custer. Wisconsin. Several thousand people saw it on or about June 21st 2001. A ...
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The SPDY protocol is not patented. Could it have been? Is there prior art?

Google's SPDY protocol is a way to reduce web page load time be smart-multiplexing of the content. It has gained a strong opening acceptance among high-traffic organizations. Despite armchair ...
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How can I best aid in keeping the patents system at bay?

I have become convinced that the patent system is inherently unfair and hurting the well-being of people all over the world. Trivial patents are just one well-known pain and I want them gone as much ...
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Can software be patented after being made public?

Let's say I made software initially publicly available, but some time in the future I decided I wish to patent it. Could I? Is there any time limit on how long after making software publicly available ...

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