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Q&A for people interested in improving the patent system

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84 How to torpedo a bad patent my former large employer is filing? 2012-09-21T15:04:54.080

62 Scaling based on pixel density (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST 2013-03-26T15:59:30.380

51 Can a YouTube video be submitted as prior art? 2012-09-05T14:23:09.340

47 Is it practical for a novice to successfully file a patent without hiring a patent lawyer? 2012-09-08T06:53:11.493

47 Microsoft have submitted a patent for a whack to silence a phone ringer. How similar does prior art have to be? 2012-09-18T10:00:47.377

39 Prior art for linked list (secondary and tertiary traversal)? 2012-10-17T13:50:27.423


35 Are text and images in the patent copyrighted? 2012-09-06T04:36:29.843

35 Can a sci-fi technology be submitted as prior art? 2012-09-23T19:53:13.860

34 What is the window for finding prior art on a patent application? 2012-09-18T16:14:19.520

33 Prior art for video games played according to a selected value system such as the claimed "codes of honor" 2012-09-07T12:53:00.397

33 How long are patents valid? 2012-09-21T07:40:08.213

33 URL pointing to time of video (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST 2012-10-03T12:39:50.827

32 What constitutes an original patentable idea in software? 2012-09-05T20:11:43.503

30 Prior art for US patent application 20140196008 'IMMUTABLE OBJECT TYPES' 2014-08-27T12:43:10.807

29 Should I patent my idea before posting it on the internet? 2012-09-21T00:03:21.863

29 Is it worth patenting an algorithm if I don't have the money to defend against infringements? 2017-05-24T08:15:56.290

28 What can I do about an infringer if I'm a small independent inventor? 2012-09-05T20:49:49.327

26 Prior art request for WO2014027990 "Performance tests in a continuous deployment pipeline" 2015-03-02T09:21:56.323

25 How can I perform a global patent search for free? 2012-09-05T20:26:10.257

25 Can software or a block of code under the GPL or a similar license be patented? 2012-09-08T05:19:52.610

25 Photography lighting (Amazon) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST 2014-05-05T21:37:49.383

23 What does "patent pending" mean? 2012-09-21T00:22:17.567

23 Which patents were involved in Apple v. Samsung? 2012-09-21T06:16:25.107

22 Can we not invalidate older patents? - i.e. World Inc vs Blizzard Entertainment 2012-09-20T15:24:25.113

20 Can a granted patent be deeded to the public? 2012-09-06T03:57:29.130

19 Is there a way to achieve protections similar to "Copyleft" under the patent system? 2012-09-05T20:35:11.630

19 Are US software patents enforceable in the UK? 2012-09-21T08:21:04.297

18 What should I do if my name is missing from a patent? 2012-09-05T21:48:00.403

18 Is use in foreign countries a bar to patentability? 2012-09-06T20:58:51.000

18 How to make an invention un-patentable easily? 2012-09-07T15:24:34.510

17 What does the term 'commodity' mean in patent 7,222,078? 2012-09-05T22:33:41.490

17 Prior art for a simple versioning system on a document database 2012-09-18T15:28:39.393

17 Prior art for ice cream maker insulated with inflatable cushion 2012-09-20T00:16:02.517

17 Relational Database - Using Objects to Access A Relational Database (DataTern) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST 2012-09-24T16:46:09.177

17 CALL FOR PRIOR ART: (Nintendo) Object transparency based on distance in virtual environment 2013-03-27T19:16:26.660

17 I had invented and published before this patent application - How do I get it invalidated? 2015-09-20T11:27:47.053

16 Prior art for using a camera in self-driving cars 2012-09-18T20:46:57.083

16 Can the non-obviousness of an invention be challenged if the difference to prior art is only the mathematical-statistical approach? 2012-09-19T09:25:21.967

16 Prior art for "Style and layout caching of web content" 2012-09-20T16:05:17.783

16 Prior art for Apple's Magsafe 2012-09-20T16:17:39.953

16 Can game mechanics be patented? 2012-09-20T16:58:08.740

16 Does looking at prior art searches pose a risk for engineers? 2012-09-21T12:29:45.413

16 Prior art for a web-based system for commissioning software development 2012-09-25T16:01:38.537

16 How do you determine a patent expiration date? 2013-05-13T20:04:33.933

15 What are the possible consequences of using software developed outside of the US that infringes a software patent? 2012-09-11T08:01:51.333

15 Prior Art for GoDaddy Patent Announcing a Domain Name Registration on a Social Website 2012-09-27T13:24:42.610

15 How to get a patent or patent application permalink at the USPTO website? 2013-02-08T18:39:17.973

15 ONLINE ESCORT SERVICE Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST 2013-05-21T20:31:14.683

15 User Interface - Changing icon appearance based on frequency of use (Samsung) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST 2013-07-19T11:27:46.330


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