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Is it possible to design an apparatus that implements a software invention without infringing on the method or system claims?

The four statutory classes are: Process, Machine, Manufacture, Composition of Matter The last of these is not relevant to software inventions. Software inventions can be seen as being processes that ...
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if the specifications of a utility patent describe a software method and system, is it possible to still have an apparatus claim?

Calling something an apparatus vs a machine or a system doesn’t change the scope of a claim. We usually use system when a machine is defined by the actions it takes when engaged. If a physical thing ...
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Can I include multiple specific software functionalities of my broad idea in a single provisional patent application?

As pointed out in this answer a provisional application becomes part of the file wrapper of any later-filed application which relies on it. When the later-filed application is published, the contents ...
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Is Bumble's "Woman makes the first move" feature patentable?

MPEP 2106 sheds some light on the types of ideas that are considered abstract by the USPTO. This includes: C. Managing Personal Behavior or Relationships or Interactions Between People The sub-...
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how is this patent for matching "intentions" or "commitment disposition" for dating apps novel or non-obvious?

Without studying the record of the prosecution and examination it’s hard to say definitively but I share your impression that this doesn’t seem like it is as new in 2022. I gave a quick look at the ...
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Is Bumble's "Woman makes the first move" feature patentable?

Under the US laws it would not be patentable as it is not eligible. Eligibility is called 101 which requires claims to be technical in nature. What you describe here is not technical despite being ...
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drafting your own provisional patent, then hire attorney to review and submit

I actually have some software patents and I wouldn’t dream of trying to draft the specification myself. The specification enables the claims. Good attorneys often draft the claims first. In any case I ...
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drafting your own provisional patent, then hire attorney to review and submit

Unlikely. Protecting software innovations is getting harder and harder and has become a somewhat specialized art. Getting someone to review and file something written by a person without extensive ...
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