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It is prior art if the event that disclosed it (or the equivalent of disclosing it under the law) was the day before. Except in the U.S. if the inventors/applicants were the ones who made the disclosure; then there is a complicated 1 year grace period. To be prior art in establishing obviousness it also needs to be in an analogous art or otherwise pertinent ...


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I am not familiar with this technology, but in my opinion your summaries about the two US patents are not accurate, or are so simple that obviously one would conclude that the patents could not have been granted. Patents are granted when the claims are directed to a technical product or process (not a concept as you put it, concepts cannot be patented) that ...


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I have pondered this for years as a patent attorney and actually hold a patent for an embodiment using actual technology of a fantasy in a Star Trek episode. I hold the position that a fantasy is non-enabling and thus not patentable but bringing life to a fantasy is patentable subject matter. The ultimate example of this is an antigravity machine, ...


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