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Private interest in IP for college project

Let me preface this by saying I am not a lawyer. I do, however have quite a few patents. One very important thing to remember about obtaining patents is that public disclosure of your invention before ...
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What is the reason that the 20 year patent protection term starts from filing dates rather than issue dates?

History. From 1790–1835 the Patent Act of 1790 dictated 14 years from issuing and from 1836–1860 patents ran 21 years from issuance under the Patent Act of 1836. Before being swapped to 20 years from ...
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What are the consequences of demonstrating an invention in public before applying for a patent?

First, public demonstration that keeps the invention hidden - In most of the world the focus is on actual disclosure and a demonstration that didn’t expose the claimed invention would not break ...
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How long does it takes for a Japanese patent to get published?

By "patent to get published" do you mean how long it takes to get patent granted and the publication of granted patent? Or do you mean how long it takes to the publication of patent application? The ...
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Can a business idea be patented (in India)?

No, as per Indian patent act, 1970. section 3(k) a mathematical or business methods or a computer program per se or algorithms are not patentable.
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Is it possible to sell an intellectual property without having a patent on it?

Is it possible? Yes. But in general, it will be less lucrative for inventor--a patent or application will generally give the inventor a upper hand in negotiations. Is it likely to happen and/or ...
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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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Is it possible to get a local patent for an invention that is improved but matches some of the claims of a valid patent existing abroad?

You have actually asked about two different topics: patentability and patent infringement. The two have much less to do with each other than many laypeople believe. It is possible for something to ...
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What does it mean to "own IP"?

Hopefully the words of the agreement you have quoted are not the complete addressing of IP. If you and the company both own it equally that might mean that either party can file for a patent and, ...
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Private interest in IP for college project

Take this with a grain of salt (not formal legal advice), but I would be a bit skeptical of the outside company. Although getting an NDA would be requisite for interacting with them (as Eric mentions)...
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Prototype developed outside of work, employer wants me to finalize work in house. Do I automatically lose my IP?

Assuming your invention is completely unrelated to your work, I would first negotiate with your employer before allowing them any access. If fact I wouldn't have disclosed it to your boss without ...
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I'm looking to patent a new SaaS Education System. Processes and structure are very different from the traditional system

There are certainly many patents that cover educational systems. A few that came up in a quick search: Online educational system with multiple navigational modes US8727781B2 Vertically integrated ...
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How is a US patent linked to the non-us person's identity?

Regardless of location of the inventor the person’s name and city of residence are all that is listed in the form. Same form for everybody. By international treaty every patent office needs to treat ...
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How can I learn about the famous patent cases at USPTO?

See the two most popular sites that cover current affairs in patents - patentlyo and ipwatchdog. A law firm has a blog Federal Circuit IP Blog that covers the Federal Circuit, the court that handles ...
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Is value-at-risk methodology patented?

There are many many patents with the term "value-at-risk" in the tile or body. From google patents - The oldest one System and method for determination of incremental value at risk for ...
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Way to Claim a theoretical model of how a device works for under $200

Simply stated, there is no way to protect your idea other than keeping it a secret. Even then, if someone else discovers the invention independently, they can file for a patent and if they do so ...
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[In]Validity of Patents

Can parties invalidate patents of their competitors without showing concerns related to infringement or product development for the similar technologies? If you want to invalidate a patent, you ...
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[In]Validity of Patents

Does every patent invalidity search is conducted to overcome the threat of infringement suits imposed by their competitors? The purpose of the invalidity search is to evaluate the validity and ...
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Have read this patent a few times and just don't understand what the invention is?

Technology questions are off topic for this site so this question may get closed. However, what I will advise is to focus on the claims. Here is claim 1: A base station supporting a radio link ...
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How would I go about abandoning this patent application?

You need not do anything. It will become abandoned by your failure to reply in time (37 CFR 1.135(a)). Nevertheless, if you want, you can expressly abandon your application by filing a letter to this ...
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can this patent on smartphone app stop me?

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 ...
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How best to patent idea while working for company?

This is the Illinois Employee Patent Act: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2238 The relevant passage for you is here: (1) A provision in an employment agreement which provides ...
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Help in a task, do they have rights towards my patent?

You have to ask yourself "what is the actual invention?". If the help you received was helpful, but didn't actually contribute the inventive step, then you should be okay. If, however, the help ...
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A patent from a company and from private

In every company I've worked for, if I invent something as a part of my employment, the company owns the rights to the patent. I simply would not have the option of patenting it myself. If I were to ...
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I have an idea of a casino side bet, but i am being told i can not patent it

A new way of gambling is not really patentable subject matter, as it is almost certainly an abstract idea. Abstract ideas are excluded from patentability in the US. Although there is no single ...
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