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Can I describe two different ideas inside a provisional patent application?

Can I describe two different ideas inside a provisional patent application? Yes. Indeed, you could do this in any application, whether provisional or non-provisional: there is no restriction on what ...
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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 a pharmaceutical firm patent a cure I disclosed to them publicly?

If they are ideas and not actual data, they are most likely not patentable. You cannot patent a theory, you can patent an actual method, a technical process, etc. Even if this fact is disregarded, if ...
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Can a pharmaceutical firm patent a cure I disclosed to them publicly?

There's two aspects here. For one, in many countries, especially the US, you're required to disclose the inventor truthfully. Not doing that could suffice to invalidate the patent or you could sue ...
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Software Patent or Copyright?

Without having specific details, my sense is you can't protect your idea. In the past, it was possible to patent purely abstract ideas such as "a computing device that is mobile" but this led to ...
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Software Patent or Copyright?

Patents and copyright in the context of software cover different aspects of your product. You would want to consider both. Since this very much turns precisely on your idea, you really ought to go see ...
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Protections for selling a business idea

"Business Ideas" cannot be patented, only novel processes that are not deemed wholly abstract. Thus, if you had a design for a new type of engine, you could seek a patent. But if you had an idea ...
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We didn't patent a possible innovation before the release. What are the risks?

A US patent is still possible until one year after the first publication. Not many other countries offer this though - and with different time frames. To the risk, well, if your product is easily ...
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Protecting easily replicatable idea

In addition to the fine answer from George White, make sure if you do file a patent you try to conceive of alternative implementations. It is easy to get fixated on the one "best" way of ...
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Protecting easily replicatable idea

Probably, if you have a fully thought out concept to put the idea into practice. It is often said that one can’t patent an idea but that depends on how fleshed out the “idea” is in your conception. ...
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Can my idea that was published in my own blog still be patentable by me?

No and No to the concept published two years ago. In most of the world no to anything already published yesterday. In the US there is a 1 year sort-of grace period so the concepts of others might or ...
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At what stage is your idea patentable?

In general, ideas are not patentable. Actual implementations may be. For instance you might have the idea that a flying car would be great, but you couldn't get a patent on that as it isn't "...
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At what stage is your idea patentable?

Although it would be highly recommended to have drawings in any application that gets filed, you do not need any model prototype etc. If you have a fully formed, workable design in your head it would ...
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We didn't patent a possible innovation before the release. What are the risks?

Your reasons for not filing are understandable but have no bearing on patentbility. You say that it has been exposed to many people. As another answer mentioned, for a U.S. patent there is a (...
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Can a company with a patent sue me for a product I didn't steal from them

If, in your example, Apple filed for the patent before you commercialized your idea then yes you can be sued for infringement. It doesn't matter if you thought of the idea independently or even before ...
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When to submit a patent idea?

Typically, one would file a Provisional patent before pursuing a Non-Provisional patent. The requirements for the successful submission of a Provisional Patent are listed on the USPTO.gov website ...
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Patenting same idea with different methodology

Can I patent the same idea with my own methodology? You can obtain a patent incorporating the same idea as long as your own methodology is a non-obvious improvement over the prior art (including but ...
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To determine the novelty of the idea

Determining whether or not an innovation is novel is usually based on a novelty search. This means performing a comprehensive search of the prior art, which includes not only existing products, but ...
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To determine the novelty of the idea

If the all the characteristics of your invention are not found in one prior art single document then your invention is considered new. However, it might not be considered inventive if the combination ...
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Is it possible to patent something that is purely an idea?

First - the word "idea" equals "not patentable" - stay away from the word idea. Concept is a much better word to use. Some concepts include a basic implementation and can be patented without you ...
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Is there a way to determine if hackathon ideas are ultimately patented?

I believe the answer to your question is no, there is no way to know if a patent application is related to a hackathon. I have helped file patents from hackathons and there is nothing different that ...
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