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CALL FOR PRIOR ART:polar coordinates 3d printer

William Steele made a patent application for some sort of polar coordinates 3d printer: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wjsteele/ultra-bot-3d-printer/posts/362886 How could I find this patent ...
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Patentability of Textual Analysis on Internet User Texts

It seems there are several companies downloading and analyzing free text generated by users, especially in social media networks. Some have even applied for patents. Is an automated method to read ...
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What is a “Withdrawn” Patent?

Google Patents shows the details of US6034101 "Dosage form and method for administering drug." However, on the USPTO website the same patent is listed as "WITHDRAWN". I'm not familiar with the ...
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Is this prior art for “Reiki ornament” (US D663234 S1)?

I came across this design patent in Google: "Reiki ornament" (US D663234 S1) And I realized it describes a design that is very similar to this artifact, which is on display at a Tibetan museum. Can ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: Interactive 3D Platform for Fitting Eyeglasses/Clothing

"Interactive Try-On Platform for Eyeglasses" This issued patent relates to a method by which a consumer can submit a 3D model of his/her face to generate a visualization of how a pair of eyeglasses ...
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design on the patent US20040213428

What will part 12 in the drawing say about the designs? (in the patent US20040213428) Can I use same design on the part but with an other angle?
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Internationally recognized patent

I want to file a Utility patent with the USPTO that will be globally recognized. How and where do I get started? Can I file it online?
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: (Uniloc) Personal Control of Personal Information

Information App Number: 13/586,057 Publication Number: US 20130055357 A1 Assignee: Uniloc Luxembourg S.A. Prior Art Cutoff Date: predating August 15, 2010 Summary: A personal information server ...
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Searching Patent Applications

This is a general question regarding patent applications. I know that these are published weekly and you can search individual patent applications via PAIR. Is there a compiled list of all the ...
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Download progress animation (Nintendo) - Allowed Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Information App Number: 13/297,604 Publication Number: US 20120120094 A1 - Patent Allowed May 15, 2013 Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd. Prior Art Cutoff Date: predating November 17, 2010 Summary: A ...
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How do I report a application that is not novel?

How do I alert the Patent Office that the application describes a device that was published over 20 years ago and was on the market up until 1994? In-other-words, it is not novel!
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Using vetiver grass roots for cooling screens

This patent application US20130047644 A1 refers to using Vetiver grass roots for cooling screens. Seems strange to attempt to patent this use as Vetiver roots have been used for this purpose for ...
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Odd patent - too general? Circuit simulator US6530065

This patent seems odd .. it is patenting an idea, which i thought was not possible .. since this company does not make the simulation engine, and they did not make the internet, what are they ...
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How to determine the status of an application that wasn't granted

How can I tell regarding a USPTO published application (that does not appear to be granted) whether is has been rejected by the USPTO or rather may still become granted? I am seeing a published ...
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Is it a good idea to avoid software patent issues by simply disallowing americans to use my product?

At least for now... if so, would you recommend it? what are the downsides of it? (other than missing a big market) (Note: seems like bwin.com chose this way (3rd column). It is a huge poker and ...
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Can I release my product without patenting it and if so do I need special terms in my license to users?

The http://creativecommons.org/ offers licenses. Can I use this one for my products? My product is a subscription app that stores a data in the cloud. I can't decide whether to release it publicly. ...
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What patents are being used by Lodsys to go after small iOS developers?

What patents are being used by the patent troll Lodsys LLC to go after small iOS developers who take advantage of Apple's in-app purchase functionality?
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Has application been developed

I had this idea and was almost ready to develop the application when i found this patent, US 20080140650, which covers most of things I have thought of. Has this idea been implemented or is it just ...
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Patenting Products in Other Countries

I'm a start-up and I want to patent my products or apps and post it on the google play and app store. I already asked my friend who took law. She said that my app should and can be patented. I don't ...
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QR code on a specific labeling? US 8,261,972

I am looking at Patent US 8,261,972, and I am trying to figure out what exactly makes this worthy of a patent. It seems to be asserting a claim that it has a novel invention by putting a QR code on a ...
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Does my product infringe on patent 5,344,396?

I have a product that is tubular but looks different and is pieced together to fit in skin tube and secured with a gripper. Used for restoring foreskin, am I infringing on this patent? Has this patent ...
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How Can an Inventor Create Good Strong Prior Art For the Future Without Filing Patent Applications? [duplicate]

A company has patentable inventions it is concerned about getting locked out of. They don’t want to file patents, necessarily, but they do want to create some good strong prior art that a) they can ...
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What is the reason of the structure change of U.S. applied patent during 1963-2011?

I am a college student, I want to know why there is a structure change of US applied patent around 1985? I have been analyzing all the datas of US applied patent from 1963-2011, then I found out ...
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Rule 131 Antedating for a National Stage application

For the given circumstances: Reference filed on Jan. 1, 2010. PCT Application filed on Feb. 1, 2010. US National Stage claiming priority to the PCT Application filed on Mar. 1, 2010. Reference was ...
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This patent is very similar to the already applied for an Italian patent by Andrea Rossi. Is this a conflict?

Andrea Rossi, an American citizen displaced in Italy due to the lack of patent approval by the US patent office has developed what is known as the E-Cat or Hot-Cat. His patent issued by the Italian ...
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How to tell if the 6,754,400 patent has been deemed invalid?

I am curious if the US Patent Office has ruled on whether or not this patent is even valid. There was a patent dispute supposedly filed by the International Virtual Tour Photography Association (http:...
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Establishing Base and Rate for Infringement Royalties

I have a question about different scenarios while claiming royalties. Hypothetical situation: US Patent #1 was filed in 2002 and granted in 2007. Its priority dates back to 2000 from a US patent ...
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Would any 3rd party accessory makers for the new xbox and ps4 be infringing this patent (US20090205878)?

If I were to make a product for the xbox 720 or ps4 (a controller), would I be infringing on this patent (US20090205878) since both new consoles contain touchpads on the controller? Is this patent ...
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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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I have prior art for a pending patent. What should I do?

I invented something a couple of years ago, and made a working prototype and posted it on my blog. I also spoke about it publicly and brought it to an exposition. Lately, I've been thinking of selling ...
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Can one file a patent application amicus brief to protest granting of the patent?

If one were to have information concerning a patent application that would refute the claim of no prior art (goes to originality), is there a process and/or obligation to submit this information to ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: Applying Cold Analgesic “Method and Composition for Treating Pain” (13/235947)

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. Thanks to the YOU, the Ask Patents ...
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Does patent us7514593 apply in the UK?

I can't think of a way of making it clearer than above. Would this patent for cystic fibrosis susceptible transgenic mice apply in th UK i.e. prevent a similar patent from being granted in the UK?
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patent continuation

I filed a patent application a month ago. Now I found a simpler way of doing very similar thing to what I had described, basically eliminating one of the main 3 blocks of the invention. So I'm going ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: (Nintendo) Object transparency based on distance in virtual environment

TITLE: Computer-Readable Storage Medium, Information Processing System, And Information Processing Method App Number: 13/028,329 Publication Number: US 2012/0146993 A1 Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd. ...
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Scaling based on pixel density (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

In 2013, this Patent Application has received a final rejection by the US Patent Office. The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! The main reference cited by ...
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How could something that would have to defy laws of physics in order to do what it claims be patentable?

How can this be patentable (Publication number: US 2009/0188322 A1)? Based on its design it would have to defy laws of physics in order for it to accurately do what it says it will do.
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Does the US Only patent on the four bar linkage (Horst link) suspension affect popular mountain bikes in the US?

The patent for the four bar linkage (perhaps better known as the Horst Link) as a bicycle suspension platform is only applicable in the US and not Canada, Europe, or other countries. How does this ...
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Inequitable Conduct? Theranos U.S. Patent No. 8,283,155

I would ask for prior art, but I'm more curious how close you think this and what the consensus on inequitable conduct is? U.S. Patent No. 8,282,155 filed in 2009 and claiming priority to 2006. http:...
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Bottle Cap Necklace Patent

Even though Bottle Cap Necklaces have a patent, can individuals still make the item and sell it for profit legally? I have a friend who has started her own jewelry business and I would like to buy ...
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Which Claims Are Alledged To Be Infringed By Facebook Causing Rembrandt Social Media To Sue For Infringement?

Quite confused as to which claims might be violated by Facebook and AddThis.com, causing them to get sued last month. Reference: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fish--richardson-files-patent-...
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Are there existing patents on electronic (web) Q&A forums?

We want to add Q&A to our product pages, but don't want to get hit with an infringment. Are their any patents that claim to have invented the electronic Q&A forum for posting questions and ...
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Can web pages found with the Wayback Machine qualify as prior art?

I'm trying to claim prior art on the "Twitter" patent. But if that prior art only ever existed as a web page, and only now exists as a Wayback Machine snapshot, does it qualify as legitimate prior art?...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: (Twitter) “Device independent message distribution platform” (8401009)

This is a recently issued patent from Twitter "Device independent message distribution platform" This recently issued patent describes the basic mechanics and functionality of Twitter. BASIC ...
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US patent 6153034

I am the inventor of a unique method for rapid prototyping I got an US Patent in 2000 number 6153034 Scott Crump from Stratasys examined it in Chicago at Rosemont CC back in 1999. Terry Wohlers ...
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Is US Patent 6163785 prior art for US Patent Application 20110097693

US Patent 6163785 controls text/translations in separate documents within a CSL Constrained Source Language model, applied to generate translations that require no post-editing. US Patent Application ...
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If I file a patent in America, will forign companies be completely invulnerable to my patent?

The title pretty much says it all. If I file a patent in the US, will forign companies be able to use it without fear?
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How to prevent the usage of my idea if the patent is rejected?

How do I protect my idea if my patent is rejected? The patent clerk has my idea now, and he can probably write one up... how do I deal with that?
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Is my patent still valid if someone appends minute changes to it?

If I invent some earth-shaking (not literally) device, and someone issues a competing patent that adds something that doesn't really change the function of the device all that much, is my original ...
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Wallet Patent - Public Domain

Are wallets patent-able? How would I know if a patent is in the public domain? I am wondering if this design or similar designs have a patent? http://www.etsy.com/listing/125697284/retromodern-...

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