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This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community in this answer! "Writing DPI-Aware Win32 Applications", an article by Ryan Haveson and Ken Sykes, published by Microsoft and dated September 2008. Some of the terminology is different; Pixel Density is ...


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Google published this patent application on on September 30th, 2010. But YouTube (owned by Google) announced the ability to link to timestamps in videos in October, 2008 — Link To The Best Parts In Your Videos. Wouldn't that invalidate their patent on that basis? Reference: USPTO.GOV: 35 U.S.C. 102 Conditions for patentability … A person ...


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I'm no expert, and I'm not sure if this qualifies, but the following draft specification appears to define "temporal URI fragments" in a generic way that covers the above clauses. It was published in 2005, there are probably older variants. Extract from the abstract: Temporal addressing enables, e.g., direct access to a clip inside a video stored on a ...


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Not an answer, but an attempt to save the time of people looking for answers. The following have already been presented to the USPTO by the applicant so "finding" them will not add anything. Issued Patents 1 7689908 2010-03-30 Yan,et al. 2 7689583 2010-03-30 Bozich, et al. 3 7180531 2007-02-20 Gery, et al. 4 6549214 2003-04-15 Patel, et al. 5 6213653 2001-...


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I thought that the html spec dealt with these as 'fragments' and has been in there for a while: Fragment Identifiers -- Axioms of Web Architecture Date: April, 1997. although it deals with music and video is not mentioned. Introduction to HTML 4 HTML 4.01 Specification, W3C Recommendation 24 December 1999. From the 1st link: For a music object, the ...


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The VMS operating system - first released in 1977 - tagged each file with a version number. Here is a script written in 1992 called COPY_IF_NEWER which does what the patent claims, using the creation date of the file as the "version tag". The COPY command of VMS did this automatically and by default.


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This Patent Application received a Final Rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community in this answer! I cover all the pieces of Claim 1, as well as some of the other claims. You might want to make sure to refer to the amended version, which I just linked to, and you can also find on "Public ...


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I think I've found an interesting related patent in Methods and systems for displaying media in a scaled manner and/or orientation issued in 2007. There's a number of references to layout related to scale factors laying out said images and text at a virtual pixel resolution using layout pixel sizes for said images and text, so as to assign a horizontal ...


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Well, Google's SearchWiki from November 2008 absolutely accepts user edits to search results. Here's the GoogleBlog write-up: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/searchwiki-make-search-your-own.html There's also a really close match in the article "Reranking and Classifying Search Results Exhaustively Based on Edit-and-Propagate Operations" by T. ...


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A quick google search found the website www.whatsyourprice.com that offers at least a very similar service (and seems more dignified about it than the inventor's site). Whois says the web site was registered in 1999. This site is by the inventor also. The first wayback machine capture with the current type of comtent is April 2. 2011. So it was before ...


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Points nails it on all three claims. 1) Digital domain: The points only have value within the scope of Microsoft's online apps. 2) Security feature: The cards have a scratch-off area containing a PIN code you need to enter to redeem them. 3) Double-Spend mechanism: Points are tracked at a central server, which ...


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My 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe had a navigation system that provided both of the features shown in the claims. It showed a map with different colored lines for the fastest and shortest routes along with another for a route with no freeways. Edit I found this in page 5-3 of 2008 C35 Nav user manual.


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Not sure if this is exactly relevant: The BBC Micro had a graphics scaling system way back in 1982. Page 137 of this user guide states that: The ‘origin’ is point 0,0 and is at the bottom left of the screen. Top right is 1279,1023 implying a resolution of 1280x1024, but that was way beyond what was practical at the time - the real resolutions were ...


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http://www.fitfaq.com/muscle-building-guide.html Seems to be close, it doesn't have the correct percentages for carbs and fat though. Eat 5-6 healthy, balanced meals per day. Each meal should be approximately 30% protein, 30% fats, 40% carbs. Consume 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight every single day. Good protein sources include: eggs, ...


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This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community in this answer! Indeed, a very quick search reveals the following prior art: US 8,099,406 Lee (filed 03.01.2011) All elements of Claim 1 are predated by Lee, which teaches a method for editorial ...


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For reference, excellent prior art was mentioned during examination so far including scientific papers by the same authors. This was probably eased by the fact that this patent application is based on a scientific paper published by the same authors in October 2009, and closest prior art used by examiner was actually provided by applicant as part of the IDS. ...


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From way back in 1996, European patent EP1049320: "Initiating a link between computers based on the decoding of an address steganographically embedded in an audio object", appears a complete match for the claims in the current application: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/EP1049320.html Claims 1, 2, 11 and 14 of EP1049320 are particularly relevant: *1. A ...


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This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community in this answer! This functionality was part of the Java ME specification (http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=37). When an application was updated or replaced, the data associated could be manipulated or ...


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Microsoft Word for example, will notice that you have loaded a document using and old data format and will update that to a newer data format for you. That data format is presumably described by a format template. The following description from the patent just isn't a true description of what numerous other applications do: However, these applications ...


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Google published this patent application on on September 30th, 2010. But YouTube (owned by Google) announced the ability to link to timestamps in videos in October, 2008 — Link To The Best Parts In Your Videos. Wouldn't that invalidate their patent on that basis? No - the application was filed on March 26, 2009. So a "public use" in October, ...


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Take a look at Livestrong, which has the five-meals-a-day limitation and percentages of protein/carbohydrates/fats (although not the same). There are also some references listed in that article that may be of use. While not asked, the main issue with this claim (and patent) will be 101 eligibility. It's almost certainly not patentable under this ground.


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How about this patent aplication? It specifies a video signal (but suggests embedding the watermark on the audio track), so I don't know if this would qualify as prior art. The patent was filed on Apr 19, 2011. Another aspect of the invention is a method for using a watermark that has been encoded into a video signal or in an audio track accompanying ...


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According to a round-up published by Forbes in September 2000, Disappearing Inc, Zixmail, and Ziplip.com all offered self-destructing email services from well before the prior art cutoff for the present filing. http://www.forbes.com/2000/09/12/feat.html Disappearing Inc: In our tests, Disappearing E-mail was easy to use and worked well as long as we were ...


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Um, isn't click+drag to zoom a ubiquitous example of these claims? All three of those claims are trivial, and combining them doesn't create something non-trivial. Every element in a GUI is already "encompassed by a frame"...the enclosing window. The click+drag is the user request for the other requirement of (1). Data structures containing the objects (...


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This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community in this answer! Method for weather-based advertising US 7080018 B1 priority date is May 10, 1999 ABSTRACT A system and method that allows for weather-based planning of future activities and/or ...


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Here's a reference to a paper published in 1975 studying the effects of ice massage on localized skin, specifically titled "The cooling, analgesic, and rewarming effects of ice massage on localized skin":


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Scale drawing is a mathematical algorithm. People have been drawing things to scale based on the physical size of the display medium since ancient times. The diagrams above mention "PIXELS/INCH." This quantity is more commonly denoted DPI or "Dots Per Inch." The "Dots" refer to dots of ink on a piece of paper, and it is still called DPI on computer screens ...


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Possibly useful: BRUSH as a Walkthrough System for Architectural Models International Business Machines Corporation. Research Division, Bengt-Olaf Schneider, Paul Borrel, Jai Menon, Josh Mittleman, Jarek Rossignac 1994 http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/978-3-642-87825-1_29 http://books.google.com/books/about/...


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First there is Optical Character Recognition http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_character_recognition, which analyses printed text and looks for visual structures (columns, tables) to produce a digital version of the book or translate a pdf to plain text. To label parts of a text as a business, person or city you can refer to techniques suchs as ...


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Pointed out by some folks on Reddit, Bitaddress.org had already in November 6th 2011, a bitcoin-address-to-paper conversion mechanism as illustrated by the source code on GitHub. We have an explicit Bitcoin paper wallet. In particular, QR codes were already provided, aka providing a direct support for transmission from the physical (aka paper) medium to a ...


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