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How to protect an app whose functionality is not novel, but the GUI is

Although design patents might be a good way to go, you may be able to gain some measure of protection for your gui with copyright. The pdf found here provides more information than I can provide in ...
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How can I tell if my product would infringe on a previous design patent?

USD483982 is a design patent. Design patents cover the ornamental design of functional objects. Basically the shape of the object. For design patents granted before May 13, 2015, the term of the ...
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Everything I need to file my design patent - application examples?

There are special requirements for the design drawings. You should definitely discuss the drawings with some draftsman who has previous experiences regarding design drawings. It is not good idea to ...
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How to protect the intellectual property of a document layout?

Yes, a document layout can be protected by a design patent. Can refer these patents: USD57233 and USD42128 However, since you talk about variables (of information and of relative position of ...
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Utility vs Design Patent as fast mean to secure IP rights

A US design patent is less expensive and much quicker than a typical US utility patent. The European counterpart (Community Design Registration) is easier and faster and with no examination. However ...
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To determine the novelty of the idea

As some other answers have suggested, there are two major requirements that are relevant to your question. The two requiresments are: novelty and nonobviousness. (Nonobviousness is a U.S. term; in ...
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How to protect an app whose functionality is not novel, but the GUI is

Others have mentioned design patents and copyright. Those are worth considering. Remember that your published work is automatically protected by copyright, but registering the copyright simplifies any ...
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Is a galley / kitchen layout for a small space patentable

There is no way to tell you definitively if your specific design is patentable. That said, there is nothing about the field that precludes patentability. To get a utility patent, there are three main ...
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Should a 3D designer be on patent?

You can always try to negotiate the terms of your contract. However, I doubt anyone would hire you on the basis of a paying you for your time and also getting a fraction of the patent earnings. The ...
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How to Patent Artwork Plus Captioning

Patents cover inventions. Neither an artwork nor captioning are inventions, and so would not eligible for a patent. You may be thinking of copyright, which covers creative works. If so, that's off ...
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Design Patent - Having all 7 drawings / figures on 1 page

Yes, many figures can be on one sheet. There is no need to use multiple sheets but if you have more than one figure per sheet you need to be careful that everything is correctly drawn under the USPTO ...
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Why Cite a Patent when filing for a Design Patent? - Example

For the identical reason patents and other references are cited in utility applications. Design patents are searched and examined by patent examiners. What they turn up in the search ends up cited at ...
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Office Action response on Design patent application

The USPTO MPEP manual explains patent office procedure. This section is titled - 37 CFR 1.121 Manner of making amendments in application. You will need to study this and follow the required ...
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New data visualisation - Design or Utility patent

This is an answer assuming US patent law. A design patent is for the ornamental appearance of an item of manufacture. An example would be a vase with a specific color, shape, and artistic design. You ...
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Can anyone tell where it is possible to check status and validity of an official design patent?

The best site to check a US patent's status is the US Public Pair. Pair is extremely picky with respect to specifying the document to be searched. In this case, get past the CAPTCHA and then select "...
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Finding GB Designs

If the number starts with GB than can be found https://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-ipsum also. But can not be found anywhere if ending with D0 as clarified in this link https://wiki.piug.org/display/PIUG/GB+...
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How to search for examples of design patent applications?

Yes - Like all types of patents, all of the back-and-forth between the applicant and the USPTO are available to the public. They can be found in Public Pair. You will need to enter either the ...
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Can a specific idea for art be protected or patented?

Can a specific idea for art be protected or patented? Art cannot be patented it can only be protected by copyright Example: I draw a funny cartoon of an employee falling asleep at a staff meeting. ...
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Should I file a design patent on a different embodiment of a utility patent?

Design patents cover the ornamental aspects of an object. If a shape has functional properties it can't be covered by a design patent. This is a complex area where judges try to separate the ...
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Once I submit patent forms can I start selling my invention and it be protected?

The only "micro form" I know of with the USPTO is the form/checkbox to claim micro-entity status to get reduced fees. I assume you are talking about the filing of an application. Once you file an ...
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Minimum number of figures for design patent

The USPTO guidance on drawing views is very clear and copied below. If you were claiming an icon on a computer screen you would most likely have a single view since it is flat with no side, top, back ...
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Minimum number of figures for design patent

To complement George White's excellent answer, I'd like to focus on the following phrase in the USPTO guidance: The drawings or photographs should contain a sufficient number of views to completely ...
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How much information about my invention can I disclose to a large audience without compromising my ability to patent the invention in the future?

The normal way of handling this is the use of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) also called a confidentiality agreement (CDA). As long as the recipients of your presentation sign an NDA then your ...
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How much information about my invention can I disclose to a large audience without compromising my ability to patent the invention in the future?

The statement of the problem you are solving is usually not the confidential part, how you are solving it is. So there may not be an issue. Since we do not know anything about the invention or your ...
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Which tools works for patents analytics?

One resource I've found is the WIPO Manual on Open Source Patent Analytics. From its introduction: This book provides a practical guide to free and open source software tools for patent analytics. ...
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Does re-creating the scientific calculator casio fx-570MS as software application violate copyright law?

As an adjunct to George White's answer I did a patent search on The Lens for calculator design patents assigned to Casio. The results showed 53 hits, but none after September 27, 2006 so there should ...
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One design patent for multiple interchangeable parts on a product?

A design patent application can have more than one embodiment as long as they are visually related. One example I have seen is a soda bottle with a specific set of spiral lines. One embodiment had the ...
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Should a 3D designer be on patent?

Product design, mechanical engineering, and 3D modeling is work for hire and not part of the inventive process unfortunately. Does it add value? Yes. Does it add more value than you charge for your ...
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What if I do not know how to design the circuit board for my idea?

I've contracted engineers and product development firms several times. The standard agreement is that any patentable content developed during the course of the agreement would be owned by you (or your ...
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