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Can one patent the combination of two existing technologies as a new invention?

The pencil and erase combination was ruled not patentable as neither function operated differently when combined. I always thought this overlooked the convenience of the operator and that their hand ...
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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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Can someone else claim to be the inventor after the original inventor's patent expires?

First step is to review their patent(s). If you had a patent, it is very unlikely they patented the same thing as your patent would be prior art. If they indeed have a patent, it is probably on a ...
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Could you patent an existing product if you've found a previously unknown usecase for it?

It is a fine point but you aren’t patenting a known substance. You are patenting a method or process where some step requires the substance. The statutory categories of patentable subject matter are —...
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Could you patent an existing product if you've found a previously unknown usecase for it?

I'm not a lawyer, but from what I know the answer is possibly yes. In fact this happens all the time in pharmaceuticals. A drug such as Humira, originally developed to address arthritis, is later ...
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Referencing existing consumer product in provisional patent application

Just describe it fully and accurately. If limited to iPhone, I might mention not only the device, but the iOS operating system. The main thing with the provisional is don't leave anything out. It'...
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