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Can my idea that was published in my own blog still be patentable by me?

No and No to the concept published two years ago. In most of the world no to anything already published yesterday. In the US there is a 1 year sort-of grace period so the concepts of others might or ...
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I wanted to create a free web application, but found a possible patent infringement

You are correct that you could potentially get sued. However, this is current only an application. It may or many not get granted as a patent. Claims in applications are frequently broader than what ...
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Can a backend algorithm be patented?

Yes - a process that is not externally visible can be patented. Most manufacturing process are not externally visible. While a patent must show how to use the invention, a later, optimized, ...
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requirements to patent an algorithm of app

Often wisdom is found in the converse of the question as posed: If a competitor simply randomly selects a match between pet-owners & pet-walkers, then that competitor likely has bypassed your ...
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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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Can a backend algorithm be patented?

You also embedded a second question: Is there any reason to patent this algorithm, since nobody will know hows its done anyways? If the code is truly not reverse engineerable, then there is not much ...
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requirements to patent an algorithm of app

Processes can be patented. The law is "any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof". A serious of steps is a process ...
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Do I have the right to take inspiration from other designs?

You may freely borrow ideas from prior art as long as you don't copy anything to such a degree that: you don't encroach on any independent claim in a utility patent that covers that prior art; (...
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Do I have the right to take inspiration from other designs?

Icons on a screen can be the subject of design patents but overall “Look and feel” can’t be patented. An Apple patented icon design. Other than that it is a copyright or possibly trademark question ...
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Why didn't Uber's patents prevent Lyft from existing?

This answer is my own speculation and interpretation, not based on any inside knowledge at Lyft nor from any litigation. Patents are only as good as their claims, especially their independent claims. ...
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Understanding US9521164

There are two aspects to patentability: novelty and non-obviousness. Novelty relates to whether anyone else has applied the same solution previously. I can't answer that question in this case, but the ...
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Patents regarding to web applications

Please look at USPTO website to see a list of examples of eligible software patents. The first example is a web app. So the answer to your first questions is serious. The answer to your second ...
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