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Online Shopping - Network Sales System - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON NETWORK SALES SYSTEMS - This issued patent seeks to patent the idea of... using a computer to add items to a shopping cart! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent ...

[prior-art-request] [data-processing-financial] [post-grant] [computers-support] [us5715314]  
asked by Stephanie 8 votes
answered by Miles 4 votes

Looking for prior art for patent application US20140196015 "Declaration of Lifetime resource reference"

I'm looking for prior art related to following patent: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2014/0196015.html DECLARATION OF LIFETIME OF RESOURCE REFERENCE A language extension that advances ...

[prior-art-request] [software] [us20140196015]  
asked by Daniel Fath 10 votes
answered by Hugo Dubé 11 votes

Is an expired patent in the public domain?

From what I've been reading about US patents, once a patent has expired, it enters the public domain and can be freely used. The patent I was looking at was filed on 1/1999 and published in 10/2000. ...

[patent-lifetime] [maintenance] [expired-patent]  
asked by Force Flow 2 votes
answered by George White 3 votes

What SLS (selective laser sintering) 3D printing patents are expiring in 2014?

In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3D printing ...

[3d-printing]  
asked by solipse 1 vote
answered by Richard D. Breen 1 vote

Scaling based on pixel density (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a final rejection by the US Patent Office. The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! The main reference cited by the ...

[prior-art-request] [pre-grant] [microsoft] [rejected] [us20130063492]  
asked by PHOSITA 49 votes
answered by Joel Spolsky 69 votes

Should I patent my idea before posting it on the internet?

Should I patent my idea before posting it on public internet forums? Could someone who sees my post beat me to it?

[patentability]  
asked by Just Curious 20 votes
answered by bta 16 votes

Prior Art Request for US 20140038722 A1 "Universal virtual entity transformation"

https://www.google.com/patents/US20140038722 A method of transforming a virtual entity from a first game to be useable in a second game comprising the steps of: a. Obtaining a set of ...

[prior-art-request] [pre-grant] [us20140038722]  
asked by selene 1 vote
answered by Lakstoties 2 votes
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