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Photography lighting (Amazon) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This patent utilizes the most common portrait lens, the 85mm, on a lighting setup that has been in common use for decades. This would only make sense to someone who knows nothing about commercial ...
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What is the difference between Application number, Publication number and Patent number?

I assume you are talking about the US for the formats. The application number is assigned when the application is filed at the USPTO. It is of the format "16/123456". The publication number is ...
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Photography lighting (Amazon) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This patent may be specific, but certainly not novel. See Avedon, or any product photo in recent years. This is a great example of the system off its rails restraining innovation, and this is from ...
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Photography lighting (Amazon) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

As far as prior art, here is a post from 2007 describing this as a "classic method". http://photo.net/photography-lighting-equipment-techniques-forum/00JWlT The specifics of the settings are built ...
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Photography lighting (Amazon) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Also, I don't think that specific prior art is the issue here. Given the problem this is solving, a person skilled in the art would have come to this solution. Therefore, it is not an invention. There ...
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JP Morgan patents "basic app communication"

On cursory review, I don't see anything in the claims that is non-abstract, except, potentially, the organization of the functions. The deeper issue relates to a quote from the article: "How was ...
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How do I know if a patent is pending or granted?

To search the current status of a PCT application, based on the publication number, start at http://patentscope.wipo.int/ Type in the publication number without the final A1. Click on the publication ...
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Photography lighting (Amazon) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

I'm no expert on patent law, but I don't think their claims are very specific at all. From the patent: "It is to be understood that the numerical data is presented herein and used for convenience and ...
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Prior art request: US7263687 (Object-oriented enumerated type facility)

Please take a look into US7263687 patent prosecution. Patent examiner already addressed this patent not being novel over "Effective Java Programming" which was mentioned in patent description (...
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Photography lighting (Amazon) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

"If you go to Amazon's own pages, go to books, then put in "studio photography" you will turn up dozens of books in which this very approach is detailed...it has been done this way as long as camera ...
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Photography lighting (Amazon) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Anyone shooting with Tri-X Pan Professional (roll or sheet film), would have used ISO 320 film. And maybe ISO 400 is "about" 320. 85mm is a good focal length for upper body portraits using 35mm film ...
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PRIOR ART REQUEST: Issued patent US 8255828 B2 (Microsoft): Ribbon UI

"Allaire's HomeSite software. This was for webdesigning, was later sold asMacromedia Homesite)" importantly, in the tabbed toolbar, see "Quick Tab","Fonts"."Tables" tabs. It is prior art of ribbon UI ...
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Compressed motion vector field utilizing predictive motion coding - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

I don't see how this is substantially different from: US3632865, "Predictive video encoding using measured subject velocity", a patent filed in 1969. This basically claims that the motion of subjects ...
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Why does Google Patents not display the primary inventor's name first?

Google has nothing to do with the order of inventor, they host just display and index tools. it displays the exact order as listed in USPTO granted patent. Most likely your attorney/agent has listed ...
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Use of HFC-134a as a propellant

This change in EPA rules covers production and use of products containing HFC-134a, but it does not affect the validity of the patent (a patent is not a product). Further, the independent claim in ...
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Can I order an Inventor plaque from USPTO?

I don't believe the USPTO issues plaques. At least they've never sent me one. However, there are several companies who do sell them. They are very efficient. Sometimes the way I've found out a patent ...
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Can someone steal the designs associated with a patent application that has not been granted? Are the designs afforded protection?

If the application is rejected, the claims are likely deemed not patent eligible which means others can use them, but not patent them. (Even if the rejection is based on some other factor, the ...
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What's the criteria for you to get a patent on an improvement?

Criteria for you to get a patent on an improvement Almost everything can be seen as an improvement on something from the past. The claims of previous work are not particularly relevant to a ...
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What's the criteria for you to get a patent on an improvement?

Although George White's answer is excellent, I wanted to explicitly answer your last question. Also, in order to not infringe the patent, should the new method not violate all claims, or is it an ...
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Mobile Media Server - PRIOR ART REQUEST

It sounds like Microsoft's NetShow meets all these requirements. Here is a link to a press release from 1997 that may describe all the elements.
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Is the balancing patent for wheelchairs from DEKA righteous?

If by righteous you mean valid, one answer is that EP1512055B1 is a granted patent and thus legally enforceable. I looked on Espacenet and the European Patent Register for cited documents and the ...
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Are patents required to be put online?

Patent authorities such as the USPTO publish applications 18 months after filing and patents upon grant. You can access patent documents directly from the various patent authorities. Websites such as ...
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Did they patent Auto-Correct?

It would seem that the patent is for a very specific implementation of automatic correction for XML documents. Here is the first claim. A method comprising: in a computing system having at ...
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JP Morgan patents "basic app communication"

On my iPhone, the Health app communicates with the Strava app to get exercise related data. The apps ask me to allow this communication. This seems pretty much what the first claim covers. Not sure if ...
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Can someone steal the designs associated with a patent application that has not been granted? Are the designs afforded protection?

While you may lose the right for patent protection of your designs if a patent is not granted, you may still have some protection under copyright law for the appearance of the designs. Copyright ...
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Can someone steal the designs associated with a patent application that has not been granted? Are the designs afforded protection?

By publishing them your designs lose novelty and cannot be protected anymore, unless you can claim priority to the pct application. I am not sure if that is possible, especially after so much time, ...
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Error in patent, involving confusion of bacterial names

There are several important considerations regarding the validity of this patent. First, the patent is already expired (it was granted from July 1, 1980 to July 1, 1997). However, I think this is an ...
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Prior art request for US20120179309 "Data Improvement System and Method"?

The patent application was initially rejected twice, and then on 10/1/2014, the attorneys added this language to claim 1: wherein the initial track centerline data defines a centerline of the track,...
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One Patent Design with Two different Numbers

Firstly one is design patent D623571 and one is Utility Patent US9002563. In design patent specific design is protected but in utility patent protection is defined by Claims and not by disclosure. ...
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Planet Labs Satellite Constellation Patent

This is a patent application, not an issued patent. It has already received a first office action, a non-final rejection. You can check on this app's status by looking on Public PAIR. It is ...
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