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patent specification level of detail

I'm drafting the specification of a patent for my invention. The invention is in the field of computer vision and augmented reality. I'm quite sure that the main subject mater is novel enough and ...
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D/285,860 and D/253,629 - These look like an ordinary skateboards

The two styles shown are standard skateboard shapes that have been around for decades (surfboard-shaped and "fishtail"). There's lots of varieties of both these shapes in production everywhere. The ...
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How do I determine if my product changes make it non-infringing?

I am not a lawyer. I am doing some basic research about laser scanner patents (this is my first time). A laser scanner is a 3D scanner that shines a laser onto an object and uses the information ...
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search text within a predetermined set of patents

Do you know of any patent search tool that allows you to search text within a predetermined set of patents? preferably free tool. Or alternatively, somewhere I can download the text of the set of ...
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If I apply a published algorithm to different (scientific) field, is it patentable?

My question is simple, if I take a published algorithm and apply it to a different problem than the one described in the publication is this patentable? Since, for obvious reasons, I don’t want to ...
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Turbo System and Method of Installing

I am the owner of SOHO Motorsports and we are in the process of designing a turbo system for a vehicle that is in our shop and I wanted to ask an important question before we begin building this turbo ...
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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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Prior art shared with the USPTO

The USPTO started allowing the public to submit prior art just last year. How will the public know if prior art that is submitted through the third party submission system was used to reject a patent ...
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How could a patent have been issued for a composite knife blade?

Turns out there's a US 2008/0250656 A1 patent for a composite knife blade - a knife blade made of two pieces - one containing the area near cutting edge and the other containing the rest of the blade -...
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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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How To Tell If Applicant Was Granted a Patent

So if there is no patent, only a publication number how do I tell if they were ever granted a patent or if they were, where is it? I'm looking at publication # EP2526617.
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How many priority numbers can a patent have?

When I search patents at espacenet.com I see that some patent documents have multiple priority numbers. For example WO2010054132 has 4 priority numbers. (see bibliographic data). What does this mean? ...
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How rigorous are examiners

A business competitor is claiming "patent pending" on a product I know they did not originally create. The product is manufactured by us, the competitor in question, as well as at least 15 other ...
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What is differences between us8216392 and us7445677? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: is there an infringement between this patent and lufthansa us8216392 patent? us8216392 patent produced "cyclean" you can google for images and us7445677 drawings are very ...
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Approximately how long does it take between Filing date - Issue date in USA?

There is only 6 months between filing date and issue date of us7445677 patent. Am I missing something?
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is there an infringement between this patent and lufthansa us8216392 patent?

lufthansa us8216392 and Gas T. E. us7445677 is very close to eachother and I assume there is an infringment. If you search lufthansa cyclean pictures and patent drawing of us7445677 you will see ...
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Non-obviousness of user interfaces based on a new input device

The new Leap Motion device lets your devices "see" ten-finger motions in real-time 3-D. I see no published patent application yet, but the device is described on the website. Microsoft has applied ...
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How to find status and citation information about a patent application

I'm looking for information on US patent application 2005/0015326. How can I find out whether this application was granted or abandoned and in either case, whether any other patents have cited or ...
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Who decides a patent is FRAND/RAND?

Trials involving Google, Motorola, Microsoft and Apple about patents and especially FRAND patents are hitting the news everyday. But who decides a patent has to be offered under FRAND terms? ...
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Idea that is similar but not identical to an existing patent: how do I evaluate the novelty?

I came up with an idea similar to this one (us20070091093) around the same time and I've read this patent pretty thoroughly. They cover a large part of what my idea is, but I have differences in ...
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What is the real difference between a patent and a utility model?

Recently, a lawyer told me that if my company makes a product (in my case an electronic board) like another patented product on the market, but my product adds functionality to the original product, ...
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US non-provisional application for a non-resident

I submitted a provisional patent application from a foreign country to USPTO a few months ago. I researched and determined that my idea is worth a proper patent application (I made it public). Is that ...
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What is the difference between US7938262 and antique string holders?

I am wondering what is novel in US Patent 7938262 for a potpourri holder: I offer a variety of early American string holders, used in stores to hold a ball of twine or string for ease of packaging. ...
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How is US6292685 different from Exergen's previously filed patent?

Exergen has recently and successfully won legal battles with two other companies marketing products using a similar technology, American Diagnostic Corp. & SDI Diagnostic Corp.. Firstly, it seems ...
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SHIELD Act progress

I had recently heard about the SHIELD act that was meant to help curb the lawsuits initiated by patent trolls, particularly those that are highly unlikely to succeed. I haven't seen any newer posts ...
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Any idea why US Patent 6,839,541 is heavily cited by MISONIMO CHI ACQUISITIONS L.L.C.?

Was looking at the subject US patent 6,839,541 and see that a company called MISONIMO CHI ACQUISITIONS L.L.C. heavily cites this patent, but I cannot find out what this citing company MISONIMO CHI ...
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How does a (possible) dispute over inventors affect a patent?

The situation: After I left a particular company, they applied for a patent on something I had worked on, and contacted me to sign the application. Although I consider myself to be the primary and ...
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What is the USPTO attitude toward mouth rinse patents, particularly given many seem to overlap?

I have an idea for a mouth rinse I would like to patent. When performing a quick Google search, I found several patents that seem to have overlapping claims with each other. My patent would likely ...
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What is the patent owner law in US?

Let say this patent for an example: http://www.google.com/patents/USD285687 The inventors are: Jerrold C. Manock, Terrell A. Oyama, Steven P. Jobs They are working in Apple and invent that. If ...
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avoid the possibility of a future patent

Here's a hypothetical scenario: I have a new idea, say a new engine of some sort. I don't want to patent it because I don't want to ever profit from it and I would like to use a license in the spirit ...
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What exactly is Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)?

The Wikipedia page on this does not have much information, nor any mention of prosecution. A few questions related to this come to mind: What is PPH and how does one use/benefit from it? Who is ...
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Patent for ideas of iOS application

I am a little confused with all that stuff with patents of intellectual property in Apple developers program. There is an opinion that for IOS developing, there is no protection for unique ideas and ...
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Patent us20110086189

This patent seems to describe or use elements of an Invention I patented in Australia, USA UK etc in the late 1970s and has subsequently been used and or published in uniaxial, triaxial sesquiaxial ...
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The PDF of this document has cut off several lines of text / readability issues

For patent us20040167786: this specific patent's PDF is in "landscape" format, but it appears to have been perhaps written in the usual "portrait" mode. The reason that this is noteworthy is that I ...
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Is this patent US6323569 B1 still valid? Valid till? End date?

I would like to know is patent "US6323569 B1" still valid? its end date?
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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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US 6,125,996. How can 2 halves of a component rotate both rotate around a shaft if one of the halves is pinned TO the shaft?

US 6,125,996 Reading claim 1 of this patent, it claims that the device has 2 plates that are attached together by means of a shaft and that both halves must rotate mutually around "said shaft", yet ...
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Can someone patent someone else's invention?

In the history, invention conflicts were on who has patented an invention sooner. This is the subject of stealing an invention. Consider one has published an invention in any kind of media, can this ...
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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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Laptop with extendable USB-powered I/O device

Re: US20080316176 A1 Is this invention novel and patentable? 1. A laptop computer system having an extended touchpad functionality, the system comprising: a base having a media bay, the base ...
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Is spreadsheet software patented?

Is spreadsheet software protected by patents? I know that in the early days of spreadsheets there were legal battles over this question. A quick search on Google patents also shows that there are ...
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Does plurality mean that it must have more than 1 camera?

The patent says: using each of the plurality of digital cameras Does that mean that it only covers systems that have 2 or more cameras? Or would it cover a system with only 1 camera.
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How can someone patent data mining?

This patent us7930197 says data mining of personal data is patented. Looks like patent officers weren't aware of data mining's huge overreach.
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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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Using multiple dependent claims of multiple dependent claims of multiple dependent claims

I'm filing a patent application in the UK covering 10 or so linked inventions spanning various industries. I plan to use multiple dependent claims to link the various inventions. I believe the number ...
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IPC Code Translations?

Is there a good resource for translating IPC codes into something meaningful? The WIPO site is generally useless: http://www.wipo.int/classifications/ipc/en/
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How could a patent have an extremely broad claim?

US patent application 2004/0249303 appears to patent everything… including everything that is 3D and has 'subregions'. How is this patentable? What problem is it solving? Claim 1 is: A method ...
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Can a patent be refiled after 20 years with slight changes and additions?

In the process of seeking a patent on a domino-style game, I found a game with a lot of physical likeness to mine. That game was patented around 1950. Can I still file a patent since that patent has ...
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What is the difference between a provisional and a non-provisional patent application?

The Detailed Description of this patent application begins with the sentence: This is a non-provisional application based upon U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 61/451,429, entitled “...
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Status of US 2012/0228338

Is this Patent Registered or just applied — US 2012/0228338 Vented spout There is no Invention in it. There are already many such products in market, but this guy is claiming to be the inventor....

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