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Email Notification - Dynamic Control of Email (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DYNAMIC EMAIL NOTIFICATION - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of... email which changes appearance dynamically based on an external event! 10 minutes of ...
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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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Prior art for Graphical Instance Instantiation

Microsoft filed US20120227028 Graphical programming object population user interface autogeneration, which describes the automatic generation of GUIs to instantiate objects. I vaguely recall seeing a ...
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Prior art for Vehicle Air Conditioner

Patent application #20120222429 claims: A vehicle air conditioner for a passenger compartment of a vehicle, comprising: a power source for driving the vehicle; a radiator provided ...
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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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Repatenting someone else's dropped provisionals

My question is, can anybody provide any part of the US patent law proving or disproving the statement that: Dropped and unpublished provisionals do not impede novelty of other inventions? And how ...
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CALL FOR PRIOR ART: 3D Printing application “Ribbon Filament and Assembly for Use in Extrusion-based Digital Manufacturing Systems” (13/530191)

This call for prior art is part of the EFF's effort to keep 3D printing open. Read about the initiative here, and check out Google Patents or the USPTO for full details about this particular ...
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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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PRIOR ART REQUEST: Issued patent US 8255828 B2 (Microsoft): Ribbon UI

Patent US 8255828 B2 (publication US 10/955,967, assigned to Microsoft), Command user interface for displaying selectable software functionality controls, is the main patent protecting the Ribbon UI. ...
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Webpage Extraction - Using Visual Structure and Text Analysis to Label Blocks (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application was given a "final rejection" by the US Patent Office. An applicant has several ways to keep an application in this state alive. They include a request for continuing ...
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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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Would software written in a country without software patents constitute prior art in the USA?

If I write an application here in Europe, where we don't have software patents, would an American company be able to apply for a US patent on a technique or algorithm used in the application? What ...
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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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What is the role of dependent claims?

I am very new to filing patents, What is the role of dependent claims? Couldn't I just have one claim with any details required? What is the difference in haveing one, two, or ten claims? When I ...
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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 is the layman's definition of 'prior art' in the US and other countries?

Every now and then I hear and read about 'prior art'. Is that a US specific thing or is a global thing regardless of where you are based in, if and when wanting to apply a patent. Any answers would ...
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Prior art request: US7263687 (Object-oriented enumerated type facility)

This is a post-grant prior art request for US7263687, which has a filing date of Sep. 9, 2002. This patent is a generalization of what most developers know as an enum in the Java programming language....
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Apple patent page turning animation - any prior art to invalidate this?

Apple have just been granted patent D670,713 "Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface" A New York Times blog post discusses possible prior art references. How ...
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Prior art for athletic gear with padded seat area

Patent application #20120222191 titled "Sports garment with a seat pad, in particular for cycling" claims to have a unique method for attaching a padded section to a spandex cycling short. Here's ...
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Unified Software Build System (SAP) - Patent Application - Prior Art Request

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON SOFTWARE BUILD SYSTEMS SAP is trying to patent... Makefiles and other build systems that combine a platform-independent configuration file with platform-specific templates to ...
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To what extent is a Java Off-Heap management patent applicable?

I am looking for some details about a Patent Application #20120222005 submitted by Terracotta Inc. around Off-Heap (Direct Memory) data stores. Here are some of its claims: 7. A method of managing ...
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Enhancing Wireless Mesh Networking (GE) - Patent Application – PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MESH NETWORKING —This application from General Electric seeks to patent a system for extending the range of communication for low rate wireless mesh networks. Help narrow US patent ...
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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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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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Is Software Patentable?

I know there are many debates about it. Even in USA, a country very well known to be patent friendly, I'm still not sure if software is patentable. But how is the interpretation to allow software ...
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General knowledge on how software patent-infringement lawsuits are evaluated

Technically someone has to check the suspected software code, to see if it infringes a specific patent. But What if the suspect claims, that it is his companys own trade secret? are trade secrets in ...
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Any Prior Art on Mobile App Code Generators?

A company named Appsbar has obtained a US utility patent on code generation as used for creating cross-platform apps for mobile devices: US8261231. This patent was filed for on Feb 14, 2012. Since I ...
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Why did my patent on game rules not prevent these subsequent design patents?

I invented a game whereby I took the game called 4-Square and raised it 7 feet in the air and so you play it like a 4-way volleyball game ... 4-Square in the air. I obtained Patent US 7,608,000, ...
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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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How would I file a Provisional Patent by myself?

I have a great idea that I would like to protect, but I don't have the budget for a patent attorney at the moment. I was thinking to do it by my own. I wanted to know if I try my best to define the ...
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What is a “Lapsed Patent” and which concepts (if any) may still be protected by this Patent?

US 6,148,942 "Infant stroller safely propelled by DC electronic motor" According to Google Patents, US 6,148,942 is Lapsed and according to Public PAIR its status is Expired as of 2008. Google ...
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How to invalidate a patent with prior art?

I currently work for a company being sued by a patent troll. We have a lawyer and a bunch of middle-men. I don't really get to talk to the lawyer. After tons of digging, I found prior art that ...
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Is it possible to get around broad patents?

This is a concept question for my and hopefully others' benefit. I have recently developed a working prototype for a medical application. It is based on a principle that was developed in the 1960's ...
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What is Patent #100? Are all numbers used?

Google has a patent service (if you don't already know). Here are some example URLs: http://www.google.com/patents/US1 http://www.google.com/patents/US99 http://www.google.com/patents/US101 http://...
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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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Protecting a User Interface: Design Patent and/or Copyright

I have been reading that it is possible to file Design Patent(s) and Copyright applications on top of non-provisional utility filings. To my understanding (I am an engineer so please bear with me :) ...
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Why have dependent claims?

Sorry for such a newbe question. I understand the purpose of making independent claims as broad as possible, and I understand that if something infringes a dependent claim, it also infringes those ...
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(Former) Employer *Patenting* GNU-gpl-ed algorithm

my former employer uses a GNU GPL code-base in their products & ships them, thus blatantly violating GPL. To top it off, they have filed for 2 patents to "protect" this "invention". What can I do ...
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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 from 2002 for XML to XSD generation?

In reference to the patent: US20110320926 I worked on a project that became an Apache (open source) project. The functionality and methods described in this patent existed in the Apache XMLBeans ...
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Does a software implementation count as prior art?

Does a software implementation count as prior art and sufficient proof to invalidate a patent application? Does it matter whether the implementation was closed-source, open-source or public-domain?
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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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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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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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Possible patent considerations when posting Source-Code online?

I am currently a Master's student in Engineering. Recently I have begun working on a project that (I believe) to have tremendous value and applicability to industry. Being that I am a master's ...
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Prior art for e-ticketing with a barcode image via the web

In reference to the patent application: WO2002091307A9 This is an international patent application which claims a method for issuing over the internet a ticket, wherein the ticket contains a barcode ...
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What's the best approach to document a claim?

I'm wondering what the best way to match prior art to a claim you feel is invalid. I have found examples applicants use with the USPTO, so I would imagine using that same format to invalidate a claim ...
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SELF-CALIBRATING SPEAKER SYSTEMS Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE HOME AUDIO - This application from Creative Labs seeks to patent the general idea of a self-calibrating audio systems! Help narrow US patent applications before they become patents.... HERE! ...
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Online Dating - Identifying Nearby, Compatible Users (Zoosk) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT FOR ONLINE DATING - This application from Zoosk seeks to patent the idea of finding other people who are nearby and compatible with you online! 10 minutes of your time can help ...
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Audio Encoding - Audio Hyperlinks (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

A PATENT APPLICATION ON embedding hyperlinks into audio signals - This application from Apple seeks to patent the idea of...putting hypertextual information into sound streams. 10 minutes of your time ...

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