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The law requires that the application provide a complete "written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it, in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art to which it pertains" to make and use the invention. If you want the provisional application to be valuable then it ...


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It looks to me like the open-source xvkbd was performing precisely this function in 2000 - four years before the Microsoft #7,411,582 was submitted. However, it would only serve as prior art if it was usable on a touch surface? Does a touch-screen based X windows display running some UNIXy operating system count for this? I'm sure someone can show this ...


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It would appear that any virtual keyboard would qualify under #7,411,582: "Soft input panel system and method.", and as the wikipedia article shows, even the general idea of intelligent work surfaces has been around since at least 1993, although if Microsoft's version is an improvement on that, it will not be relevant.


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The standard approach is to execute a non-disclosure agreement with the potential consultant(s). I have many times requested quotations from consultants on projects containing proprietary technology and have never had an issue with the ideas being stolen. Assuming the non-disclosure agreement was executed (perhaps as part of the request for quotation) the ...


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If the term "selection handles" covers what is sometimes called a "bounding box", then there is a lot of prior art for #6,891,551. Software has had resizable selection mechanisms for ages. Image and audio editors frequently have resizable selection boxes. I specifically remember an audio player for BeOS (this was back in the mid/late 90's) that used ...


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It sounds like all these ideas are very related and it would be normal to cover them in a single application. However, in theory, you could put a door stop and a database and a rocket in one provisional application. It would be odd but would save you a little bit of money. There is no requirement for a 1:1 correspondence between provisional and regular non-...


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An application is not a patent, so until granted there's nothing stopping you going to market, but there obviously could be issues down the line. As to the WIPO patent APPLICATION in question, the reason you can't find a USPTO reference is they haven't included the US in the list of: Designated States they are considering seeking protection in. As to the EU,...


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Yes. I like to include as much as possible. You can take matter out when filing an original, but not add or claim matter which was not disclosed and described consistent with sec 112 in the original application claiming priority to the provisional.


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Most importantly, DO NOT file a patent application with LegalZoom or any other cut-rate self-directed services, especially when it comes to this type of technology. The problem with these LegalZoom patent services, and the like is, that they lure inventors into believing that they can get solid patent protection for cheap. In fact, the sad reality is that ...


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It seems to me that US5778372 could be simply described as a web browser loading a web page with a background element on the body tag. The background tag was introduced in the HTML3.0 spec. The following is a quote from a draft dated 28th March 1995 BACKGROUND This can be used to specify a URI for an image tile to cover the document ...


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