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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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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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why couldn't twitter patent the hashtag?

According to this article, Twitter didn't invent the hashtag. Of course this doesn't mean the article is authoritative, but this article and this Wikipedia entry suggest that the hashtag was first ...
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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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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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