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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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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React - its license with a company that has patents

For various reasons I'm looking at developing some web frontends for some of our software and after spending a while looking at the available libraries out there I settled on React. Then I read the ...
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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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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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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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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 is a Formal Patent Search of Classification in Canadian patent law?

I am seeking to start patenting something, and have reached out to an organization that claims to be able to help with the patenting process. They want to do something they call a Formal Patent ...
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Using rules and text from a book in a game

I'm creating a piece of Software that is designed to assist dungeon masters when playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition. I've been trying to determine who much information/text from the main rule ...
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Use MIDI sys ex format from competing product

Suppose that Albert is developing a new music application that produces MIDI output for some hardware modules (LCD displays etc.) in system exclusive format. There is a competing music application ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does the "Expired - Lifetime" status of US patents allow all types of future use of the IP?

I recently found a patent that has expired this month after almost 20 years. The original inventor still has not done anything substantial with his idea, and frankly, it is a really cool and doable ...
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Oracle Java Patents Expiration

Is there a date where the Google v. Oracle situation will never occur again with Java? It is rather disappointing to me that there is no official date for their patents to expire; see Java and patents....
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Is the measurement for system characterization an "abstract idea"?

Patent #6,128,415 claims were reversed based on 'the claim is directed to an abstract idea' Example 5. Digital Image Processing (pp 13) provides a ineligible patent claim: A method of generating ...
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What happens if an EU software company violates an EU software patent?

What happens if an EU company develops an Android App and that App and a US company claims that the App violates a patent that the company filled in the US? Is the EU company in the clear as long as ...
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What "meritless patent litigation" has Facebook been victim too that the BSD + Patents license would prevent?

Facebook claims here, The patent grant says that if you're going to use the software we've released under it, you lose the patent license from us if you sue us for patent infringement. We believe ...
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What parts of an app can be patented?

My friend has an idea for a way musicians could exchange music they write in a more collaborative way. He's envisioning designing an app that would permit greater musical creativity between musicians. ...
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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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Using OFL SIL font to logo

I have a question. I download FontAwesome (SIL OFL licence 1.1). I took icon- bulb and expand it to curves in vector software. I edit that icon that the icon never look like original anymore. And I ...