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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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Will my patent application still be considered if my company goes bankrupt?

My company is bankrupt and we have an outstanding patent application. Will it still be considered and possibly approved?
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Prior Art on Multi-User Social Networks. Patent asserted against Yammer, Salesforce, Facebook and others by Real Time Social Inventions LLC

Background: US Patent 7,853,881 Multi-user on-line real-time virtual social networks based upon communities of interest for entertainment, information or e-commerce purposes Earlier this year a ...
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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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Will be software implementation of international standard, published under GPL, a patent infringement?

There are a lot of different standards in Telecommunication area, which based on patents created, by telecom corporations. For example, there is a technology LTE - standard for high-speed wireless ...
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Is U.S. Patent 6578010 in the public domain?

Is this patent under the public domain? Does a patent being on "public domain" mean it can be used by anyone without a license from the patent holder? Or that it has been published by the patent ...
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What happens if I refuse to hand over full patent ownership rights to my former company?

I wrote many patent applications while at my former company. After I left the company, I refused to sign any more documents handing over full patent rights because the company owed me money. They ...
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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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Prior Art on targeted advertising patent asserted against Facebook and Google by B.E. Technologies LLC

Background: Last month a company called "BE Technologies LLC" filed suit in Tennessee against Facebook and Google on US Patent 6,628,314 - Computer interface method and apparatus with targeted ...
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Exploiting a patent after changing organization

Three years ago I was working in a public research organisation, and we obtained a patent, I am one of the authors, the research institution payed everything. Later I moved to a different country and ...
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What is a look back period

For a patent I am looking at, I see it expired on May 2, 2012, but that the owner can continue to "assert the patent after it expires with a look back period of six years" What does this mean?
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How are continuations assessed?

TQP are currently suing more large companies for using RC4 and SSL/TLS, but the way the patent was awarded confuses me. From the Cipherlawgroup article linked to: The application for the ’730 ...
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What is a request for continued examination?

I have received a final office action with a rejection. My patent attorney advised going for an RCE (request for continued examination). How does it work? and how many RCE can one request?
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Would it be infringement if I re-use a PART of a patented product in my own design?

If I purchase an existent patented commercial product, extract one specific part out of it, and re-use that one part in my own design (as part of a device that I manufacture and then sell), is this ...
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Confidentiality of revised diagrams in a provisional application

If I file a revision to a provisional patent (some diagrams are not detailed enough), would the original diagrams be automatically destroyed / kept secret, or will they still show?
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Must one issue a warning before suing for patent infringment?

If I make some software and start selling it, and then someone who has a patent on a central idea in my software discovers this, would they have to provide me a warning to remove my product from the ...
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Patent: 13/082,294 : “Rest detection using accelerometer” - too obvious to be patented?

This question is about the patent Rest detection using accelerometer (application 20120259578 filing date: April 7, 2011). As per my understanding the patent talks about using the Accelerometer ...
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How can you reveal your product to the masses while still protecting your idea?

There are sites like kickstarter which allow you to demo/display/show off your product with hopes that these viewers will help you and invest/donate capital. How can I raise capital on an idea without ...
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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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Do patents offer protection from private use?

Say I patent an innovative method or device for creating ice-cream. I am in the ice-cream business itself, not device manufacturing. Suddenly, some competitor appears claiming to use a trade secret ...
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Game with Achievement system

I saw this patent own by microsoft. http://www.google.com/patents/US20060122716 I want to make a game that give a small reward for player who complete some task in game something like kill 50 ...
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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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