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Can I patent a minor improvement to YouTube?

There is no way to answer the question without you disclosing the "tweak". You can't disclose this invention publicly or else you would potentially lose the ability to gain a patent. So I'll ...
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Adding useful and unobvious functionality to existing patent

Would Bob need to obtain permission from Alice to use her patent? Yes, in the countries that Alice has a patent, Bob would need to obtain a licence before he could manufacture and sell his product. ...
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How to prevent colleagues infiltrating my patent?

There are several issues here. If your invention is part of your job or you are otherwise required to assign it to your employer then it will be owned by your employer and the listed inventors will ...
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How to prevent colleagues infiltrating my patent?

First, Congrats! Second, I suggest, you present the general concept and all the possible applications you can think of next time. If you share all what you have, it won't hurt you that others improve ...
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US20140312193A1 Is this an expired PPA or a non provisional patent?

Before we answer the question, you should be aware that the cited application US20140312193A1 is a full patent application and not a provisional application. Patent applications don't expire. Rather ...
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How to prevent colleagues infiltrating my patent?

First thing to remember is that if you work for a company they own the results of your labor and that usually includes IP. So, it is very likely the company will own any resulting patent. Thus, there ...
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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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How do companies like ARM handle improvements to their patent licenses?

I don't know the particulars of the licenses ARM provides. I do know there are different ones. ARM can indeed make a great deal of money off the licenses without the need to invest in manufacturing ...
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Does patent for an apparatus cover the individual sub-components as well?

It depends on your claims that end up being granted. You can file an application with both claims to the component and to claims to the modified whole system. It may be that your component is a ...
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Improvement or new invention

Provisional applications cannot claim priority to any earlier-filed applications of any type (provisional or non-provisional). But they are, as you mention, extremely useful in establishing an earlier ...
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Inventor improves own Patent issued 8 months ago

Since the first patent has issued it is too late to get priority from it, file a continuation or a CIP. You can file a new application and optionally mention the first application in a background ...
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