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Some international e-commerce platforms have an Intellectual property platform for registering complaints. For example, see Alibaba's Aliprotect (I think now called IPP). One can register infringement complaints (for any form of IP) against an allegedly infringing product being sold on their platform. However, I suspect that trademarks and copyright may be ...


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If you are overwhelmed by the vast number of patents, there is not much of a cure. On the other hand if you have a specific invention you have made and want to find out if it is patentable, you can do a patentablity search - another answer from Eric Shain outlines how you could go about it. I have experienced a phenomena of dead-on prior art existing but not ...


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The short answer is you perform a patent search. You are absolutely correct to suggest this is a substantial undertaking. I am not a professional patent searcher, but I've done my fair share. You can certainly start with Google Patents, but I've found The Lens to have some useful additional features. My process is generally to try different search terms to ...


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Read each claim. If you avoid even one step in a claim, then you don’t infringe on that claim. If this is true for all the claims then you don’t infringe on the patent. I’m sure there is no claim which is just “The top is made of plastic”. That must be just a part of a longer claim or a dependent claim. This said, it is a really good idea to get an actual ...


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Since the question is vague as to particulars (such as the application number), I'll try to answer generally. A patent application by itself provides no legal protection from someone implementing the invention. Only if the application gets granted as a patent do you gain protection. If you abandon the application and it publishes, it does provide some ...


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Can I use Bluetooth technology in my new device or is Bluetooth parent not public domain


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Your question seems to conflate utility patents with design patents. An issued design patent starts with a "D", as in D123,456. That covers only ornamental design. A utility patent covers function. Because you're asking about a utility patent, the ornamental design cannot be protected by that patent. Of course, there may be a design patent out there, or ...


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The Supreme Court just agreed to hear the Google v. Oracle case that examines copyright protection for APIs. It is likely that the case will impact UIKit Classes as well. Sorry to be the bearer of uncertain news, but you need to watch out for copyright issues in addition to patent issues, at least until the Supreme Court hands down its decision.


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