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Patent searching is a time consuming art. To get started, a google patent search finds the top several results (by relevance) the search string was (user interface) assignee:apple country:US after:priority:20000101 status:GRANT is gets about 9,000 hits Graphical user interface and methods of use thereof in a multimedia player US US7166791B2 Jeffrey L. ...


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Most likely you signed an agreement when you joined your old company that assigns all relevant inventions you made while at the company to the company. That agreement also most likely included an agreement to cooperate with the filing of any applications. Now they are asking you to follow through on that agreement and sign a patent application and possibly ...


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I think there are two different issues relating to your question. Concerning the filing of the patent application and as pointed out by @DonQuiKong, this does not mean that they will get a patent granted. The patent application is subject to examination and the invention must be novel and non-obvious to be patented. Depending on both the state of the art ...


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