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Is it fair to patent workarounds? [closed]

While developing a FAT32 driver for my bootloader, I thought to make it complete by adding the long file name support. While watching around for some specification, and I also found articles about ...
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Patent a program: possible or not? [duplicate]

Suppose I have devised a new algorithm that solves a particular problem faster/better than the currently available fastest algorithm for that particular problem. By faster and better I mean, ...
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Should I get a patent before asking for help in development [closed]

Should I get a patent before asking for help in development? I think I have a great idea but don't have the technical know-how to proceed. Simply don't wish to give away my idea
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Copyright registration against future patents [closed]

Short question: Could registering a work containing probable patentable ideas at one or more copyright registraion services (such as CRS) be used to effectively prove prior art in case someone tries ...
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How do I know I'm not violating a software patent? [closed]

I'm using a android like lock screen (The one with the nine dots that you have to connect to log in) in my application currently. I'm afraid of getting a mail from google because of some patents that ...
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How much attention should be paid to patents when developing software?

Let's say I want to develop an image editing program similar to Photoshop. Is it likely that certain interface patterns and approaches are patented and I can get sued if I use them in my program as ...
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The Apache License, v2.0: Copyright License vs Patent License

The Apache License, v2.0 [..] 2. Grant of Copyright License Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, each Contributor hereby grants to You a perpetual, worldwide, ...
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Making money from a custom built interpreter? [closed]

I have been making considerable progress lately on building an interpreter. I am building it from NASM assembly code (for the core engine) and C (cl.exe the Microsoft compiler for the parser). I ...
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License on papers published at universities?

I've done some searching around on how to interpret morse code inputted by a human. I haven't found any existing libraries or applications that do this, but I found some academic papers on how it can ...
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US Software Patents [closed]

Hypothetical: I’m based in the UK. I’ve developed an application only to discover after it has gone live, that someone else has filed a US Patent application for similar software. I don’t know if ...
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Software Patents: can I license the use of an existing patent?

I know the software patent is a hot topic and is very frustrating. But as I live in the US I don't think I have any choice but to deal with it. What I'm wondering is if there are actually companies ...
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Who is responsible for doing a patent search?

If a client requests that a particular feature is added into their website software, who is responsible for searching and recognising that a patent royalty has to paid? client web developer This ...
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Are Datasets Patentable

I'm working on a project that uses a dataset produced from software informally licensed as "non-commercial use only". I'm developing an application that uses that dataset as an input to another ...
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How to protect yourself from being sued by patents?

I've had a few software ideas before that could probably be patented.(decided not to pursue any of them, however). Basically, I don't want these ideas patented though. I don't care if someone else ...
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Got an idea for an application, but part of it is patented, any suggestions?

so I've been working on developing an idea for an application that I think has the potential to be successful, however after some initial research I've discovered that at least part of my ideas are ...
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Patent in Europe

I'd like to build and sell/or free a software based on ffmpeg and some other mp3 library lgpl, So I know in U.s.a. there's a patent and royalty problem, But if I live in Europe I'd like to know if I ...
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Why is (Ogg) Vorbis not automatically supported by Windows?

Vorbis was never threatened by MPEG LA, so it is undoubtedly completely patent free. (MPEG LA never misses a chance to spread patent FUD) Windows supports mp3, so it isn’t because they want to push ...