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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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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question about patents

I'm looking to make a product that utilizes the products of other people. For example, if I was to build a car (to sell as a business), would I legally be able to buy and use a patented motor in the ...
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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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How can I get a patent/Copyright for the puzzle game I invented?

I have invented a new puzzle game which I have able to play on paper. However, I want to create a mobile app/web app to let other users play like other below games. Example: Threes, 2048 But being ...
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Can patent applications be written in plain English?

While doing a patent search I've come across a lot of legalese. Is there any benefit to transforming the plain English that I would use to describe my invention into the type of legalese that is found ...
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What is a technical standard from a Copyright law standpoint?

Take for example a technical standard, that covers some communication protocol or any arbitrary mathematical algorithm. It is an idea of some kind. Could this technical standard be patented? Licensed? ...
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Laws that Protect Inventions

I would like to patent something. What laws are on the books that would protect invention from being stolen by patent attorney by someone at the US patent office Please share references
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How broad can a patent be?

I have trouble understanding how patents work. I understand that they apply to the idea of how something is used. How broad can they be? For example why didn't one person (or company) patent cars in ...
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questions about the Rubik's cube trademark/copyright/patent

i checked Rubik's cube image rights and i'm still confused about the legal protection of Rubik's cube. I know the patent expired and their 3d trademark lost a case in EU. Does this imply they ...
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Claiming Stolen Information in an NDA

Set Up: A unilateral NDA is created in the state of Rhode Island between a Receiving Party and a Disclosing Party. This is a basic patent NDA that grants the Receiving Party the ability to see the un-...
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Contract for Securing Intellectual Property

Is there any sort of legal contract in the United States (Rhode Island) one could make without a lawyer that would state that a disclosing party owns a certain idea and that the receiving party may ...
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Advice if concept is too general for NDA [closed]

I am currently low on money and have no way of paying for a patent on a new device I have designed. However, I wish to spread my idea to a few others who may be willing to help me grow the concept and ...
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Way to Claim an Idea for under $200 [closed]

I have recently come up with a very interesting concept in engineering that I would also like to share with peers. However, I am relatively fearful that someone may hear the idea and make it or patent ...
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What is the status of this patent?

Recently I received a warning from someone who seller that says I am infringing on their utility patent. While looking up their patent, I am seeing different information about the status. 1) Source ...
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Do I have the right to sell something that has a patent if I started selling before the patent was active?

I currently sell bed bug traps on Amazon. I've been selling them since March 2017. Recently I received a complaint from the rights owner of this patent: https://patents.google.com/patent/...
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US Patent Law: Can a consumer of patented technology be held liable?

Under US patent law, if a company releases a product or technology based on a patent which they do not have the rights to, can the end-user / consumer of this product or technology be held liable by ...
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Most economic approach at getting something protected under US patent and european patent

Before asking the question, I’d like to state some intentions to avoid answers going in the wrong direction. This question is asking for advice on cost reduction/optimization The purpose of the ...
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How to legally use patented designs for new CAD invention

I would like to create a mechanical piece of hardware using commercially purchased goods, for instance, drivetrain components like constant-velocity joints and driveshafts which can be purchased. I ...
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Repatenting a medicine

What does it mean that a drug was "repatented"? From the New York Times: Albuterol, one of the oldest asthma medicines, typically costs $50 to $100 per inhaler in the United States, but it was ...
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Patent application: can the citation of a figure from another author be considered fair use?

I would like to include a figure from a scientific paper which illustrates some background for my invention. I can cite the source and I can make it clear that I'm using it for illustration and ...
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Does a trademark application for technology like semiconductors or voting machines require an invention or embodiment?

New York Times' China Grants Ivanka Trump Initial Approval for New Trademarks: HONG KONG — China granted initial approval for 16 new trademarks to Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter and ...
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What protections does Europe provide for US patents (that China doesn't)?

According to a NYtimes article yesterday Xi Jinping had promised that China would protect intellectual property, then he reneged before the trade talks faltered. I am trying to understand the context ...
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Open Source Contributor License Agreements / Apache2 and patents

Many CLAs contain the below clause that is more or less taken from the Apache2 license: Grant of Patent License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, You hereby grant to ACME ...
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Is a book formatting subject to copyright laws?

I'm an IT professional who happens to be interested in EU law. Currently and for the next about 2 years I am tasked with writing a rather lengthy document (estimations are about 1000 to 1,200 A4 ...
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What effect does the EU Biopatent Directive have if there is the independent European Patent Office with its own law and court?

The EU Commission and the European Patent Office (EPO) are currently fighting over whether plants that are not registered varieties are patentable. The EPO exists independently from the EU as an ...
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Can a country ban oversea biotechnology research out of an endemic plant that is only found in its territory?

This question was closed on biology.se and I was advised to ask it here. For illustration, say there is a plant that is only found in the Amazon rainforest. New drugs can be potentially invented ...
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Is this an infringement of their patent?

This company has a patent for a bath flower. However, on Amazon I noticed that there are other sellers selling something similar, but with 5 or 7 petals, not 4 petals. Are they infringing on the ...
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Inventorship 101

Let's say that Peter asked Alice to run a process (X) with the objective of achieving (A). Peter gave Alice part of the execution plan to achieve (A). I other words, the idea of doing (X) to achieve (...
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Can trademark attorneys advertise in UK?

In some countries, it's illegal for trademark and patent attorneys to advertise. Is it also the case in the UK?
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Can I privately sell a patented plant?

We have around 15 plants on our balcony which are patented but planning to move overseas. So I was thinking to sell them on gum tree or eBay. Is that allowed? I did not breed them, just had the ...

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