Questions tagged [patents]

A patent is a right granted by a government entity for [intellectual-property] (IP), which excludes others from using that IP. Use this tag when asking specifically about patentability or patented matters.

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Does a patent application search on USPTO.gov cover granted patents as well? [migrated]

I'm trying to do my own patentable idea search but noticed that an idea might appear in the USPTO granted/assigned patent database as well as their patent application database. How can I perform a ...
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Can you patent product based on another companies IP

If I had a prototype for a product that was heavily based on another company's IP is there any way I can get legal protection for the product's design? I don't want to go and sell the prototype to the ...
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Is it reasonable for me to ask for the removal of a contract clause that says all the patents I produce go to the company? [migrated]

I was recently offered a funded masters program in the field of mathematical modelling and computer coding. I was given a contract to sign which I subsequently declined because I was unhappy with a ...
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Is it illegal to implement a patented algorithm or method and take advantage from it?

I have been working on an SW project that combines image processing and IMU data since 2019. (Mobile platform) Unfortunately, a company got a patent on the same method that I have been working on and ...
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Could signing an intellectual property agreement for an algorithm coding job prevent me from working in a similar industry later?

I am a computer coder / algorithm developer and am just getting started in industry where I know I'll have to deal with IP agreements. In particular, the question I'm asking here came about because I ...
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CC Non commercial software licensing and selling exceptions [closed]

(Originally posted to Open Source. I am programmer, not very good with legal stuff) I have created an app that I feel has potential and want to license it appropriately. It produces visual output ...
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What is “sufficient cause” for USPTO regarding filing extension?

I read on the USPTO website the following: a first request for an extension of time will generally be granted if a sufficient cause is shown. [...] The requests will be favorably considered where ...
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Is it illegal to claim a patent when you don't have one in the EU?

This company is claiming they are using "patented technology" https://marx-shoes.com/pages/technologie sourced from a company call "powerinsole". The only patent associated with ...
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Are there any major changes in patent law, besides AIA, in the past two decades?

I'm referring to important rulings or legislation changes that impact how firms apply for patents or how they approach patent strategies.
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Is it legal to sell a 3d scan of a car in the USA?

Suppose someone were to provide high quality 3D scans of vehicles for the off-road industry. Would it be legal to sell these scans via an online marketplace? They would be either component, chassis, ...
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Developing similar apps, games, etc. on Google Play Store or App Store

I am planning to develop similar apps, games, etc., which may free or non-free, on Google Play Store or App Store and to earn money with methods such as ads, sale on same stores, etc. To be clearer I'...
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Is it legal to use ingredients found in an existing product?

Is it legal to use ingredients from an existing product? For example, imagine I love Bio-Oil and I decide I want to make something similar, would it be legal or illegal if I used every ingredient in ...
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What happens if I used an invention for some commercial use after its public disclosure and before it got patented?

In the US, inventors have up to 1 year to file for a patent to the USPTO after an invention has been publicly disclosed, and by default the USPTO takes 1.5 years to publish the patent application ...
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Applying for a patent in one country using a patented invention beloning to some else from another country

Let's assume certain invention is patented in country A, but not in B (in the latter it should be considered novel and non-obvious). Can a random person (not the original inventor) apply for and be ...
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Why are claims not mandatory in provisional application?

Well, a claim refers to the extent of the protection conferred by a patent. If claims are so important so why they are not mandatory for the provisional application? There has to be a reason for such ...
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Can we add some extra features to the patent of the system which were missed in the provisional patent?

I filed a provisional patent for a machine about 6 months ago. But as of now the outcome of the machine is same but the method to achieve that outcome has been changed a bit(i.e some of the features ...
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Can I “de-commodify” ideas by means of the Creative Commons?

I often have ideas for a product or a company. Instead of resorting to intellectual property law and patents to protect my ideas, I'd like to encourage as many people and organizations as possible to ...
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Is there a way to check for patent infringment for free, when selling on Amazon? [closed]

I have a listing of a chinese wireless charger, compatible with the new iPhones. How can i know, whether the product infringes Apple's patents without hiring a lawyer (which would be more expensive ...
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Why can multiple companies make wind turbines? Why don't they run into patent violations?

I am curious to know that how it can be that so many companies can build wind turbines. Did these companies buy the patent from the inventor of wind turbine? Or is this technology not patentable? Or ...
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Patent ownership for inventions by employees on unpaid COVID leave

According to the employment contract, anything an employee comes up with, at any time (e.g. during weekends and completely unrelated to work) is the property of the company. It seems harsh but as ...
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Patents in video game

Following my previous post about copyrights, I now seek information about patents in video game. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization : A patent is an exclusive right granted for ...
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Is publication sufficient to prevent patenting an idea?

Background As an experienced guitarist, I have a very simple idea that I believe is worth pursuing - at least as an experiment. In case it is a successful idea, I don't want anyone (including myself) ...
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How to patent a technology as public domain? [duplicate]

If an inventor comes up with a technology that could benefit humankind and instead of keeping it for themselves they decide they want to make it freely available to all, what would the legal process ...
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Does the vimium Chrome extension infringe on this patent?

So I saw this really cool google plugin called vimium, it allows users to press a mod key ("f") and then easily access any hyperlinks that are present on the current page by providing ...
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What laws cover patented DNA in humans in relation to the patent owner?

Some conspiracy theorists make the absurd claim that if patented DNA ends up in your genome, then you become a patented GMO, and thus the patent owner has some degree of legal control over you and/or ...
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Do patent royalties date from the date of filing?

Alice invents a widget, files patent; it gets granted after a couple of years. Meanwhile, Bob has copied the widget and been selling many units of his copy. Alice and Bob reach a license agreement ...
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Can you start a product line with ingredients used in a different product [duplicate]

Is it legal to literally purchase all of the ingredients in a product and make your own product with minor changes? Ie; I’m making a hair growing serum but I want to put a small % of Selsun blue (...
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How can I find glass cutting patents?

How can I find glass cutting patents? Apparently they use a different numbering system than ordinary patents. For example, according to glass collectors, the following patent was registered: 63,795 / “...
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Has the patent process been patented?

After reading What topics can I ask about here? in Patents SE I've decided this question is off-topic there, so I'll ask here. Has there been an application for a process patent for the patenting ...
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Can i apply for patent for my game?

I am an Individual developer.I am making a game.I like to know can i apply for patent or is there any way to protect that game concept/idea,So that if any other developer or company wants to use that ...
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Is possible to patent a trading algorithm (indicator)

I know some algorithms are patentable, but not sure what are the resctrictions and limitation for this. My question is specific for a trading indicator, something like MACD, or RSI etc, is possible to ...
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On what basis do patented lock manufacturers claim that it is illegal to clone their keys without authorization?

Locks are often sold with the claimed advantage of their keys being impossible to legally copy without manufacturer authorization: The key is two-sided, with US patent no. 8,336,350. Benefits of the ...
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Can I display my photo of a subject protected by intellectual property laws?

EDIT: the suggested duplicate: a) Refers to the UK. b) Only addresses one issue I mentioned. c) Perhaps wrong/misleading (at least in the US) - From the USPTO site: "To support a trademark ...
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What does the patent litigation piece of the Apache License mean?

I am looking at this from Wikipedia: The Apache License 2.0 makes sure that the user does not have to worry about infringing any patents by using the software. The user is granted a license to any ...
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Regarding German Patent attorney candidates

I'm thinking about becoming a German and European patent attorney. I'm fluent in German (my mother language), English and French, (and Romanian, my other mother language). The issue is that I have a ...
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I'm an engineer. Can I build something that is patented asuming I don't share, sell or profit off the item?

I found a few posts but they were a bit ambigous a a lot was left to the uneducated imagination of mine. Title says it all really. Say I wanted to build a special type of laser, I do NOT want to sell ...
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Is it true that there's no advantage in filing patents to each major patent office rather than filing it through the PCT system?

Is it true that there's no advantage in filing patents to each major patent office rather than filing it through the PCT system? PCT applications is used as a figure for innovation, but it seems that ...
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Can a patent attorney steal your invention in initial consultation?

I disclosed my invention with a patent attorney on my first free consultation to understand if it is patentable and get advice. The patent attorney told me that I can disclose it because they are ...
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Can a game publisher restrict distributing homebrew cards?

Looney Labs' website contains the following (excerpted here; much longer there): Q: Can I make copies of my home-brewed Fluxx (or Chrono, or Nano, etc.) deck to give free to my friends? A: ...
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What does it mean to “retain title” (or not) of a patent?

I've already asked a question here about the Public Law 95-517 (The "Bayh-Dole Act"), so thanks to the response there I now have some understanding about this act. But what does it mean if a ...
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What does it mean for a patent to be subject to the provisions of Public Law 96-517?

Some NASA patents make reference to Public Law 96-517, using wording like this: The invention described herein was made in the performance of work under a NASA contract, and is subject to the ...
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“Flash of Genius” - Intermittent Windshield Wipers

In the movie "Flash of Genius," which covered the law suit involving intermittent automobile windshield wipers, it seemed that the individual parts (wipers, control box, electrical components) were ...
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Can Someone Else's Patent Affect My Copyright?

In Canada, if I hold copyright on a program's code but not a patent on what it does, and someone else patents "what it does", how would this affect my copyright? Lets assume this person did not learn "...
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Job interview presentation about patented work by previous employer

In the interview process of some tech companies there is a time slot allocated for a presentation to the members of the team, which is expected to be about a topic you have directly worked on. Some ...
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Help with understanding copyright vs patent

I am stump on why the answer is Copyright because of the code. Matthew authored an innovative algorithm for solving a mathematical problem, ...... he wants to obtain some sort of intellectual ...
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Can an organization build something for its own exclusive use, that is patented by someone else?

Based on these two questions: Could a charity manufacture patented medications for free? Can I build something for personal use if it is patented? I suspect that the answer will be no, but I want to ...
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Could a charity manufacture patented medications for free?

Let's say there is a patented medication that is very effective and very expensive at the pharmacy, say $1,000/dose. But also assume that the medicine only costs $1 to formulate - most of the "cost" ...
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Intellectual property in the Age of Industry 4.0

I am looking for specific references describing guidance principles around the interplay between IP (intellectual property) and Artificial Intelligence algorithms. For example, Company A has a large ...
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Inventorship of a utility patent application that incorporates a provisional application

I am listed as a co-inventor in provisional patent application AA/AAA,AAA. The other co-inventors are PersonA, PersonB and PersonC. One year later my employer company filed a non-provisional utility ...
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Why would a company choose to make a “Pledge” or “Covenant not to Sue” instead of simply licensing a patent?

In 2006 Microsoft published their Commitment not to Sue which applied to many patented specifications. In 2014 Tesla made their Patent Pledge, which applies to every patent that Tesla has now or in ...

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