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What constitutes an original patentable idea in software?
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I can only speak to the United States and actually that is somewhat all that matters as it is very difficult to get software patents in other countries. In the US, 35 U.S.C. 101 states that "Whoever ...

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What should I do if my name is missing from a patent?
Accepted answer
16 votes

If it is a United States patent see if your company's patent attorney(s) will file a "Correction of Inventorship" pursuant to CFR 37 Section 1.48 which reads in relevant part to your ...

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How can I contact the owner of a patent?
15 votes

I'm answering this question as a general guide on how to access contact information for patents that have issued, and applications that have published. Following these steps you can find the contact ...

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Does looking at prior art searches pose a risk for engineers?
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Treble damages are awarded on a discretionary basis by the judge in the case, however, enhanced damages are only applicable in cases of willful infringement. The judge determines as a matter of law ...

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Is there a way to achieve protections similar to "Copyleft" under the patent system?
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There is not a direct analog to "copyleft" (informal but widely recognized term) in the world of patents. As mentioned by the two previous answers, if your sole concern is ensuring that no one else ...

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How can I perform a global patent search for free?
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There is no free global patent search system. There has been tremendous amounts of normalization of intellectual property law around the world through the World Intellectual Property Organization, but ...

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Need more clarity about definition of Patents, Copyright, and Trademark
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Your question is extremely broad, and you should really consult an attorney, because this answer is the absolute top level of what you need to know. There are tons of exceptions and clarifications for ...

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Prior Art for Apple Heuristic Search Algorithm (Pub No. 2012-0166477)
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There seem to be a ton of patents that are relevant, and could be combined to predict Apple's patent following at least one of the factors laid out in MPEP 2143. This patent: "Information ...

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General primer on what's patentable in the United States?
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Since you are in the US, I would suggest you start by reading the United States Code, specifically 35 U.S.C. 100-103. You can find the law and some explanations, as well as the upcoming changes, on ...

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Are "Patent application" valid patents?
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Patent applications are pending and not the same as issued patents. Applications can be rejected and are still considered pending until various deadlines for response to rejections have passed at ...

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Do I need to apply for a design patent if I am applying for a utility patent?
1 votes

Short Answer: Not necessarily. Long Answer: These conversations are best had with an attorney, but the answer provided gives you a little bit of background. As always there is a ton more ...

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Has Facebook patented location checkins, and how could I get around it?
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It seems that if your users selected the profile of the bar from your app and your system indicated that they were present at said bar then you wouldn't be communicating location information which "...

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Patent length and breadth
1 votes

Generally, 20 years from filing date for a utility patent or plant patents, and 14 years from date of grant for design patents. A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the ...

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