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MP3 codec restrictions

The compression and decompression algorythms of MP3 are patented by the owner, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and thus are not freely available for commercial products or commercial use of the technology. ...
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To determine the novelty of the idea

As some other answers have suggested, there are two major requirements that are relevant to your question. The two requiresments are: novelty and nonobviousness. (Nonobviousness is a U.S. term; in ...
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Using a design with pending patent (application) then patent is approved

What you are asking about is called provisional rights. Not be confused with the completely unrelated "provisional patent application". If a person infringes the invention claimed in a published ...
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Patent of prototype

If it distinguishes in a non obvious manner over the known prior art (C3PO and other known robots) - yes. (You can file the patent no matter what, but that's the requirement for having the patent ...
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Changing aspect/step of system/method of patent claim to avoid infringing upon patent

Similar questions abound on this site. For the first question: For a random example, imagine that a technology/device patent claim for generating some image provides a method consisting of 5 ...
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Ambiguously worded patent claim

"About" is found in many claims, including range claims like the one you point out. There is a very rich case law and commentary about "about". The first issue would be the meaning ...
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Changing aspect/step of system/method of patent claim to avoid infringing upon patent

Answering one aspect of the question - the step or element left out of a product to avoid infringe a claims does not need to be a novel step. Claims are novel and non-obvious as a whole and leaving ...
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Characterization and scope of claims in technology patents

This is very basic patent information that is duplicated in many previous answers. Each claim stands alone as something that defines a device, system or method that would constitute infringement. A ...
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Can one patent a technology applied to a very specific physical product?

My experience is that it's very unlikely It sounds like you're asking whether it's possible to win a patent when the invention takes existing technology and applies it to a new product. If I ...
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Can one patent a technology applied to a very specific physical product?

Like many things, the answer is maybe. To be patentable, an invention must be novel, non-obvious and useful. Novel means no one has already thought of it (and published the idea). Non-obvious means ...
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MP3 codec restrictions

The MPEG-LA group and Sisvel (Philips) prevent developers from adding MP3 support to their software packages without paying royalties. from http://en.swpat.org/wiki/Mp3 MP3 has at least three ...
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To determine the novelty of the idea

Determining whether or not an innovation is novel is usually based on a novelty search. This means performing a comprehensive search of the prior art, which includes not only existing products, but ...
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To determine the novelty of the idea

If the all the characteristics of your invention are not found in one prior art single document then your invention is considered new. However, it might not be considered inventive if the combination ...
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