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Top new questions this week:

if the virus was not created by the Us government what right do they have to a patent of the virus

As the title says, how can various American scientists be named as the inventors on this patent if the United States government is adamant they never created the virus? If the virus is naturally ...

asked by Michael 1 vote

Resuming interrupted file transfers (2011 patent troll / libcurl)

I'm posting this here in order to draw this incident to the attention of the AP community. Daniel Stenberg, the author of curl, a popular ...

[prior-art-request] [patent-infringement] [internet] [us6098180]  
asked by tripleee 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Prior art for linked list (secondary and tertiary traversal)?

This is the first I've heard of this patent for linked lists and traversals filed in 2002. Note that the claim is not a patent on a linked list itself (discussion on Hacker News), but apparently on a ...

[prior-art-request] [software] [data-processing-database] [us7028023]  
asked by Michael Pryor 36 votes
answered by Gilles 35 votes

Protecting a User Interface: Design Patent and/or Copyright

I have been reading that it is possible to file Design Patent(s) and Copyright applications on top of non-provisional utility filings. To my understanding (I am an engineer so please bear with me :) ...

[patentability] [design-patent] [copyright]  
asked by Chris 3 votes
answered by Mark Nowotarski 2 votes

How do I know if a patent is pending or granted?

How do I get the current status of this patent: Publication number WO2006064303 A1 Publication type Application Application number PCT/IB2004/004129 Publication date Jun 22, 2006 Filing date ...

asked by gpuguy 1 vote
answered by George White 3 votes

Updating apps on mobile phone to destroy sensitive data (Good Technologies) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a "final rejection" by the US Patent Office. An applicant has several ways to keep an application in this state alive. They include a request for continuing ...

[prior-art-request] [pre-grant] [rejected] [us20110145932] [goodtechnologies]  
asked by user4545 4 votes
answered by abickerton 5 votes

What is the purpose of this ebola-related patent of the US government?

One of my conspiracy theory-loving friends posted about this patent, thinking the government created ebola for the purposes of population control. This is obviously hogwash, but I don't quite get the ...

asked by John Straka 3 votes
answered by Soren 5 votes
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