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Looking for prior art for patent application US20140196015 "Declaration of Lifetime resource reference"

The D programming language has scope classes, shown here in the "Scope Classes" section. (quoted for convenience) Scope Classes A scope class is a class with the scope attribute, as in: ...
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Looking for prior art for patent application US20140196015 "Declaration of Lifetime resource reference"

Prior art: GNU's GCC cleanup extension for C, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_Acquisition_Is_Initialization#GCC_.22cleanup.22_extension_for_C Google's Go language, defer statement. Any C++ ...
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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

Mobile application or software or the computer program can be protected by copyright law and patent law. Under copyright law, software or the computer program is usually regarded as a "literary work"....
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Is Software Patentable?

Software can be protected by copyright law and patent law. Under copyright law, software or the computer program is usually regarded as a "literary work". The unique characteristic of computer ...
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How to build software if you're unaware of which parts can contain potential patent infringements

What you are looking for is Freedom-to-Operate. There are quite a few articles written on this subject, and most of them deal with the inherent difficulty you describe. I've stitched together some ...
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How to protect an app whose functionality is not novel, but the GUI is

Although design patents might be a good way to go, you may be able to gain some measure of protection for your gui with copyright. The pdf found here provides more information than I can provide in ...
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Can the developer of a free software be sued for damages because of an accidental patent infringement?

Yes. The patent holder may sue for lost profits and/or reasonable royalties. Wikipedia sums it up well: Under 35 U.S.C. § 284, a patent owner is entitled to "damages adequate to compensate for ...
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Can I patent a mobile application or protect the idea

You have provided very little information about what you your app is doing. But based on what you have provided, I believe it is unlikely that you could receive patent protection. Generally speaking,...
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How to build software if you're unaware of which parts can contain potential patent infringements

I concur with vallismortis's answer, but here are my views since I am a software / firmware developer too. What I have learnt over the years is not to go out looking for in your words "possible patent ...
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This Patent is for a process that that was invented by someone else

This involves two separate questions. Of course, the short answer to both is to discuss this with a patent attorney. But in any case… How can I protest this patent? This is still a patent application. ...
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How are algorithm patents enforced?

I think you've hit on a good point for those considering pursuing patents. Before investing large sums of money on patenting, it is important to figure out how you will identify infringement. Often, ...
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Looking for prior art for patent application US20140196015 "Declaration of Lifetime resource reference"

Prior art: Microsoft's Stack Semantics for Reference types, first reference in VS2005 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms177191(v=vs.80).aspx When you create an instance of a reference type ...
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How can Microsoft get away with this?

The figures have nothing to do with the claimed scope of the invention. Moreover, the figure with the gnome logo is explicitly labelled prior art (Fig. 1C). If you would like to address novelty, ...
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Will the GPLv3 prevent me to get a new patent?

If the software you license under the GPLv3 (or any artistic/creative commons license) can be discovered as prior art for an undisclosed invention, then it will absolutely prevent you from obtaining a ...
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Prior Art from 2002 for XML to XSD generation?

Note that this is only a patent application, not a patent grant. Looking into the Image File Wrapper (USPTO Public Pair database), you will find that this application was Abandoned on March 19, 2013 ...
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Write a patent without giving too much away

If you are afraid "anyone could look it up" - IMO you are better off treating it as a trade secret - please check this link for details http://www.wipo.int/sme/en/ip_business/trade_secrets/...
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Coverage and risk of ImageWare patents

There is no definitive answer to your question. The simple suggestion is that you might want to consider consulting with your attorney. But, unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that even attorney ...
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Scientifically invalid patents

For your second question: No. Now to the first one, as this is harder. If the claims state something similar to after adding two to two we get 4 but 4 is sufficiently close to 77 so whatever or we ...
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What concrete lessons should software patent applicants learn from Alice vs CLS Bank?

First I should note that the ratio in Alice, while easy to state, is rather hard to apply. Many words have been shed trying to characterise precisely what Alice-style abstractness really is. But the ...
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How should I patent my behavioral bio-metric identification idea in the US or Europe?

We are confused where to register the patent? US or Europe? Patents are territorial. If you want to prevent competitors from using your invention in the US, then you'll need a US patent. If you want ...
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Can a data-fomat be patented and saved with a common storage format?

This kind of thing was previously considered patent eligible (and some examples were found to be novel and non-obvious and granted patents) but they aren't considered patent eligible any longer. A ...
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Is it possible to patent a new general method of optimizing some industrial processes?

A U.S. answer. Some things in the field you describe are patentable in the U.S. and some are not. Unfortunately, above novelty and non-obviousness, the current huge hurdle is abstractness. The law on ...
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How does a patent owner establsh that a patent that includes an algorithm is infringed?

In civil lawsuits, including patent infringement,there is something called discovery where a judge requires the defendant to expose information relevant to the case to the plaintive. Also, patent ...
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what should be the major sections of a software patent application?

A patent specification is a techno-legal document based on which patent rights are decided. The patent document includes several section, which includes, title, abstract,specification, drawings and ...
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US8214361 B1 How can it be considered not obvious?

When reading a patent for innovation and non-obvious, you will need to read it with bias of the date it was filed -- that is you need to put your self in 2008 and look at whether the subject matter ...
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Patent During Software Development - When is the best time?

The patent system is essentially designed to encourage advancement in science and technology. The patent office expects the applicant of a patent to disclose information about the invention for which ...
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Is Software Patentable?

It's a complicated answer, but what's important to understand is that software-related inventions ARE indeed patentable in the U.S. The "how" of patenting software-related inventions has changed ...
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Is Software Patentable?

As an update, you may want to consider the decisions in the following three recent (late 2014) court cases on the eligibility of "software" patents: Alice v. CLS Bank (Supreme Court) DDR Holdings v. ...
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Is Software Patentable?

Generally a software is protected under the copyright law. And a copyright protection is much simple rather than filing a patent. A copyright is automatically granted to creator of the software. But a ...
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Looking for prior art for patent application US20140196015 "Declaration of Lifetime resource reference"

Rust uses a lifetime system based on region typing to statically verify the lifetimes of references. It prevents reference / iterator invalidation at compile-time without any overhead - no reference ...
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