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 is the legality of copying a game?

What is the legality of making a new game that is essentially the same as another, without using trademark names? For example if I make an obviously knockoff iOS game that is essentially something ...
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Is a invention idea patentable..?

I have an invention idea for stopping drunk driving but not sure if an 'idea' is a patentable thing.
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Can company sue me if I release a similar product outside their operated countries?

Allow me to directly go to the scenario and take real case as an example: In the field of music-simulation game, there were many cases of patent conflicts. To name the few, Konami v Rock Band game, ...
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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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Is a reference made using the word "the" different from a reference made using the word "said"?

In the following sentence: A building with a wall for painting text and drawings, in which said wall is painted with a layer of opaque ink, and in which said wall is painted with a message. the wall ...
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Can you patent a math formula?

Today I saw this video about this video game called No Man's Sky. They say Hello Games - the creater of No Man's Sky - is possibly using a math formula patented by another compony. This really ...
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Am I forbidden from implementing a settings search?

There is a patent for settings search. I wonder if there is any way I could be allowed to implement that legally. I've heard that abstract ideas cannot be patented, but I'm still not sure if I could ...
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Would I have an IP case against Google and Nintendo (hypothetically)

Back in early college I wanted to toy with my location based app development skills. I created a Windows Phone game where Pokemon were scattered across a real world map in your area and you could walk/...
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This piece of computer science was patented - I thought you can't patent software?

See this document This document described storing a tree data structure as xml for querying and processing. This is trivial computer science. How did this patent get approved?
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Can I build a social media client

If I wanted to build a Facebook app for my desktop and post it in the app store to show my potential employers, would I need any special permission? I've seem other Facebook client apps in the app ...
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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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MIT License for patented software

Let's say I have patented an algorithm, but want to make the source of an implementation of the invention freely available and allow non-commercial use. The most common opensource licenses do not have ...
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Like in contract law, does patent law have to be specific enough to avoid ambiguity?

If you're writing a patent application does the patent need to be specific enough to avoid ambiguity, but not so specific that it locks you into a pinhole sized area (example: define a type of device, ...
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The limit of copyright for "generics"

If something is "generic" then there can be a copyright question. Is it easy to know what is "generic" and what is copyright, for example an innovation can't be "generic" and have a copyright iiuc. ...
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Intellectual Property - Philosophy

Can I patent a philosophy? I'm very new to IP law and was disappointed to find out that the US now uses a first to file system like everyone else. Before spending money on legal services, I want to ...
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Is MagSafe patented such that no one else can make magnetic power supplies?

I'm talking about MagSafe, the connector used on some Apple power adapters that pops out of the socket easily, and snaps into place using a magnet, so that both the cable and the socket are unlikely ...
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Can charities be granted patents on medicine?

Can a charity patent a medicine that it invents?
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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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Does publication remove patent protection?

I found the following publication: Fast Multiplication on Elliptic Curves over GF(2^m) without Precomputation which describes an algorithm for computing elliptic scalar multiplications on non-...
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Is it legal to use MP3 encoding on my website?

I'm currently developing a website that allows users to record voice notes and upload audio files and then share them to Twitter. I'm currently using the MP3 format, but it is patented. I wanted to ...
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I'm in USA, seeking to license to German manufacturer. Should I worry about using a German NDA?

I am working to license a technology for which I have US patent pending (I am in USA). I have a potential licensee in Germany. I would like to work with an NDA, not least to protect the option of ...
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Ideas discussed are general, do they still fall under a signed NDA/NC?

A lets B sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement/Non-Compete ("NDA/NC") and then shares its ideas. How "broad"/"general" can these ideas be to not be considered confidential? E.g. the idea that A tells B is ...
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Copying Another Computer Program's Design

I'm coming over from Stack Overflow because I cannot find any answers to my questions there, so I'm asking here. I've created a computer program that looks similar to Steam's (www.store.steampowered....
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If one invents a real life portal gun, can Valve sue them for copyright infringement?

I am just curious, whether an owner of an artistic depiction of non-yet-existent device has any rights on that device in case it's actually invented later? Can owner use their rights, if any, to issue ...
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Software patents implications and ramifications to the end user

Software patents affect a small part of the world. As a citizen of a state, where software patents are not a thing, I am personally not concerned with that. However, as a developer I am concerned with ...
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Author rights and math exercises found on books

I'm building an education related product with some friends and we're planning on using exercises we find on various books for the guides. Our question is if the math exercises belong to them and ...
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Is there an international patent?

If a person has invented something and wants to patent it internationally, should he file a patent in each country or to an international patent organization (if any)?
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Is it possible for one's own invention to be patented by others?

If a person invented something new but didn't file a patent: Is it legal for other people to file a patent for it? Is it possible for other people to be granted a patent for it if they are not the ...
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How to protect my idea in another country?

I have an idea about possible creation of a product that in my opinion would be on demand among smartphone users. I have found a potential company In Switzerland and I think about offering them my ...
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How can I sell my business idea in exchange for a job at the company that might be interested in it?

We have an idea of the brand new product that would solve one widespread problem among the smartphone users. But due to the fact that we don’t have required resources and opportunities to make that ...
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Are patent figures protected by copyright?

Are figures in filed patents protected by copyright? If so, who owns the copyright?
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What happens if open source software infringes existing patent?

What happens if an open source software is released globally and it violates a patent? I found an interesting answer on MetaFilter and would like to know if it is considered to be correct by local ...
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Would creating software that functions in a similar way to existing software be illegal?

If I create software that is similar to other software, would I break the law? I mean not exactly the same, there would be many differences; let's say I'm going to create a blog platform, and there ...
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What does this mean for these things to be patented by Amazon if other companies use same technology?

Looking at these US Patents filed by Amazon.com: [6,853,982 - Content personalization based on actions performed during a current browsing session| Internet-based customer referral system, U.S. Patent ...
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Does copyrighted code protect intellectual property rights on novel algorithms it implements?

Imagine you have come up with a novel algorithm to solve a problem, and have implemented it in, e.g., javascript, and have put its src, along with an appropriate copyright, on a publicly available ...
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Chances of theft of new invention during the screening process to get a patent

Suppose I invented something and need to patent it. So, I submit all the documents to the patent office. So, the officers who examine my documents containing new invention at the patent office, could ...
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What if I don't patent my invention?

Say I invent something and choose not to patent it but start producing and selling it, then if somebody else goes and patents my exact design what happens to my rights to sell/produce that product?
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Can I patent my invention which is just an enhancement to an already patented device?

Can I claim patent for my invention which is a little upgraded version of already patented devices. Moreover, I use same patented devices in my invention and add new functionalities to it. Is it worth ...
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Is a license necessary to produce patented inventions?

Say I am a malicious CEO of Company A which has patented one of our products. At a later point in time, I then publicly give verbal permission to Company B to produce this product. (Permission is ...
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Contract generation via templates

I just found out about a patent application filed in 2004 covering creating legal contracts using templates. It's being pushed again: http://www.google.com/patents/US20060287966 Surely legal firms ...
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GMO Patents: Organism specifc or generic

If a patentee actually expresses recombinant gene-X in organism-A does that give him the right to also claim this gene-X in other organisms? All other organisms? If not how broadly? Too broad sounds ...
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Are technology patents useful?

A friend tells me it's not worth it to get a patent on a web application because they are not useful. Either: the USPTO has stopped granting patents on "process" improvements (i.e. web apps) or ...
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Can embedded software be patented in the EU?

I know that no software can be patented in Europe. But what if I use software in an electronic board, and introduce that hardware? Can that be patented?
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Provisional patent vs complete patent?

I am quite confused as to the protection that a provisional patent offers in Australia. Does a provisional patent offer the same protection as a complete patent? Is it necessary to have a patent ...
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Can you patent a card game?

I have created a card game, the idea is somewhere between poker and slots. I hope to create a website to monetise the game but do not know whether I am able to patent the game in order to stop big ...
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Graduation Project Patent Protection

I am currently doing my graduation project. I am an undergraduate student in a UK university, and invented a new diagnostic device for clinical use. I finished my prototype and it's nearly the end of ...
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How much "more" needs to be added to an abstract idea in order to pass the subject matter eligibility test for a patent?

In Mayo v. Prometheous 566 U. S. ____ (2012), the Supreme Court said (regarding 35 U.S.C. §101 subject matter eligibility): a process that focuses upon the use of a natural law [must] also ...
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Advantage in being first to copyleft a new algorithm?

Say I have created a new (DSP) algorithm. Will I have some advantage if I open source the algorithm under copyleft licence (GPL etc.)? From what I know about licensing this should lock people out from ...
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What patents do I need to buy or lease to make and sell an electric guitar to the public? [closed]

I want to make and sell my own electric guitars. However, I have not invented the instrument, nor was I the inventor of any of the major advances in the field. However, I have some changes (mostly ...

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