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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 "...


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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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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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http://kittysplit.com does exactly what the patent describes and has been online as a webapp since January 2012.


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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! Patent WO 1998058321 A1 filed in 1998 describes a "Self-destructing document and e-mail messaging system" which "automatically destroys documents or e-mail messages at a predetermined ...


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Stop and Shop "Scan It" scanners provide ads for nearby products as a shopper walks through the store. Described in an article here: http://phys.org/news139225121.html


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Besides a subject matter problem for trying to patent "prostitution via the web," there are other examples. Some cited here: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21611074-how-new-technology-shaking-up-oldest-business-more-bang-your-buck Adultnet.com, mentioned in the article, appears to have been around since 1995. Can't say I'm familiar with the ...


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Short Reckonings. www.shortreckonings.com. I've been using them since at least summer 2010. Google has basically described exactly the function that SR performs. You go somewhere with a group of friends. You pay for bills as they come up, and later you punch the bills into SR, and it figures out who owes what to who. Even for uneven splits. Google's ...


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WO2012113874A1 Seems to covers storing the method of forming the transform specifically in the case of a touch screen. I general I feel most of the methods of this patent are covered for this specific case


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WO2009014735 System, method and apparatus for secure multiparty located based services Publication date: Jan 29, 2009 Filing date: Jul 23, 2008 Priority date: Jul 23, 2007 This is a good example, it discusses "distributing shares" and such, which could be considered a prize? Abstract A computer system implements a method to provide ...


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It is rare. I practiced as a patent agent for about ten years and never had a NOA withdrawn. Finding other cases where this happened might not be of much help. Until you see the office action you and your lawyer can't do anything but - from the MPEP the Notice should have indicated which of the four reasons caused this withdrawal. Any notice withdrawing an ...


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Update #2: Under the scenario described above, when Company B filed post-AIA, "first inventor to file" a prior, published patent application from Company A is not prior art under 102(B)(2)(b) from what I gather: "(2) DISCLOSURES APPEARING IN APPLICATIONS AND PATENTS.—A disclosure shall not be prior art to a claimed invention under subsection (a)(2) if— (B) ...


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This application is deemed abandoned as the applicant has not responded to a communication from the patent office. (Abandonment on 1.6.2016)


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The term "user" in the description of the patent makes it unclear what user role the configuring of search results applies to i.e. the administrator of the application (for example of a website who would configure a search task for use by end users) or the end user of the application (who would submit and get the results of a search). This posting addresses ...


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I'd look into Tableau Desktop and it's ability to run extracts (execute query/receive results) and then in the desktop client you can do operations, create cross tabs and re-render the results received (apply user configured ranking rules/display results).


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I wrote a Palm app for this, "DinnerDebt," in 2005. Its web page and executable are still online at http://www.midwinter.com/palm and its age can be verified on archive.org. Then I wrote a version for webOS, also called "DinnerDebt," in 2009; source code at https://github.com/koreth/DinnerDebt .


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I have been writing my own code to do this for several years. I think the first version that covered "includes a plurality of payment transactions." was built in 45 minutes on 3 June 2010 (according to google's version history) Here is a screenshot about what it looked like on that day: The first line is the information header, the second line is the ...


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For use in the Netherlands, this is the normal way to go out with friends and split the bill. And yes, we do it also on a date ;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_Dutch


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Back around 2006-2007 I worked for Green Packet Inc. (www.greenpacket.com). We developed routers and mobile IP software. One fo the features of our carrier grade routers was location based services. It used routing information (which port/subnet is the device connected to) to figure out the user's location. From the routing information we can associate the ...


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Got a few here: List of three dated January 1, 2012. One dated October 3, 2011. A list of several dated August 29, 2008. I also found this patent for point-of-sale software (as I read it) to split a bill, filed December 22, 2010.


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Please take a look at How can an individual participate in the examination process for US Patent Applications? Also you can search this site for "third party submission". That process involves submission of published documents. Just stating "we did it years ago" isn't good enough. The documents you send need to be published before the date of the filing. ...


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A small search on Google Prior Art finder led me to this: ftp://db.stanford.edu/public_html/cstr/reports/csl/tr/88/369/CSL-TR-88-369.pdf It talks about Inter-Views, (multiple views) and switching between them.


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The application also contains a claim for using RFID to get the location of a device: "2. The method of claim 1, wherein the computer receives the data via a radio frequency identification tag of the device." In an article titled "How RFID Tags Could Be Used to Track Unsuspecting People", published 18 Aug 2008, Scientific American documents drivers ...


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Like most modern smartphones and tablets, Apple iOS devices have used many of the methods in this patent application for years. For the location aspect, Apple filed US Patent #8,396,485 on 9 Nov 2010. Their system works by using cell towers to track the coarse location of a user, which uses less power. When the user enters a coarse location that contains ...


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I realise the application has already been finally rejected, but I want to add another important piece of prior art anyway: JPEG2000, from… 2000. Any compliant decoder must be able to scale and composite an image stored at multiple resolutions.


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Foodler's Group Order system allows many users to share an order, adding their own selections to the create a final single order. A user can participate in several concurrent group orders http://www.foodler.com/order/startGroup.do?restId=6219


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Creative Labs had this in 2003 by storing the data in the database and you could use the same account to modify the same cart on different systems. Not documented because it is such a simple thought when using database storage.


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The proposed Memex system does most if not all of this, it was defined back in 1945 !!! Experimental implementations of the concept -- such as NLS -- were created in the 1950's and 60's. Extensive implementations of various kinds where created starting in the 80's. Oxford University: The Computer Journal Article: HYPERTEXT - Moving Towards Large Volumes ...


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Weihua Zhu discusses intelligent re-routing of navigation systems for environmental concerns in his dissertation "Design and Development of Novel Routing Methodologies for Dynamic Roadway Navigation Systems" published in March 2009.


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The FLAC audio format, specified publicly between 2001 and 2003, explicitly supports URL linking of picture data within the stream. https://xiph.org/flac/format.html#metadata_block_vorbis_comment Additionally, the Ogg Vorbis format, which dates to 1993, explicitly supports specifying hyperlinks into its comment fields, i.e. its License and Contact fields. ...


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