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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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Any patent issue if I want to call my classes “signal/slot” as in Qt?

I need to code a signal-like mechanism and I was thinking of using the same "slot" and "signal" terms to indicate the signal and the function that needs to be called. Since this is a commercial ...
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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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Mono patent safety [duplicate]

Could you please share you thoughts about Mono patent safety? Is it risky to use Mono in production for commercial projects? In case of WEB application, for example the following technology stack: ...
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I want to publish an android app, but I'm afraid of software patents [closed]

I wrote an application that helps you to save energy. Actually it is very simple. I check the current location of the phone and I make some changes to the configuration like "sound off, dark display, ...
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Apache License and patents

I am trying to understand how Apache License affects patents. In regards to the Apache website http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 section 3, am I right to say for the first part that it is ...
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Can I use the patented Octree algorithm in a public programming challenge? [closed]

Similar to this question, but for a very different situation. I've been working-up some example code to accompany a proposed programming challenge and asking questions about the difficult bits. In my ...
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Can someone else patent my open-sourced algorithm?

I've written a recursive search algorithm to find the boundaries of a voxel data structure in order to render it more efficiently. I've looked around, and either it's such a simple and obvious ...
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Can I use aac in an commercial app for free?

I was wondering if I can use the aac codec in my commercial app for free (through lgpl ffmpeg). It says on the wiki: No licenses or payments are required to be able to stream or distribute content ...
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is it allowed to create a app with overscroll feature?

As Apple won lawsuits against Motorola and Samsung with the so called overscroll patent, I am asking myself what the legal consequences of releasing an application with such a feature are? I think if ...
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What sorts of software patent issues should one be aware of when writing software?

The scope of this question is intended to be global in nature: techniques (approaches to solving a problem, such as the use of a layer palette), operations (actions that the software or its user can ...
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Is there a way to publish software architectural design for open use and prevent patenting?

I'm not sure I have the correct verbage in my question, so let me explain: What I mean by "software architectural design": I have (what I believe) is a unique and useful design concept for an ...
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What does facebook's new photo tagging patent mean for developers?

This is a re-post of Blueplastic's question from SO, which was closed. I think this is a excellent question and I would like to hear what people thinks. To expand this further, look at the patent ...
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Best way to bring an idea to a corporation [closed]

I have this idea that will change education and hopefully generate a lot of money, but there is absolutely no way I can develop it without the help of a certain company. Is there a way to bring it to ...
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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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What level of threat does selling an app on an app store present to a non-US company?

Can anyone point me to an article or an informed discussion about US software patents affecting a non-US company who is selling their products on an American app store/marketplace? My company has ...
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I don't want to patent my business software, but I don't want to get ripped off later

I feel patents are innovation killers, but I don't want something I've written and put a private licence on end up being patented 3 years later by some troll. What's a good compromise here? Or, am I ...
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Should I patent my software?

I go to a university where students are allowed to make their semester schedule based on the information about the subjects they are going to take, that is, the hours that the courses are available, ...
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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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Licensing issue for RSA and Rijndael algorithms

I'm using .Net to build a commercial application, i.e. a secure chat application. This application is using RSA and Rijndael algorithms. Do we need licenses for using RSA and Rijndael algorithms for ...
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Giving employer power of attorney to obtain your inventions

Is it normal/just for a software company to ask for power of attorney to ensure they obtain patents on anything you invent while you are employed as a programmer? Update: In my case, I went back ...
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how to patent software

I am interested in patenting a piece of software that I have created with a group of people. I live in europe. I have no idea how to go about it, but I have multiple users tell me that I should have ...
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Didn't anyone implement formatting codes separate from the text before 1998?

I heard about the Supreme Court's decision today in the Microsoft vs. i4i case, so I read the relevant patent and was surprised it appears to just keep formatting codes in a separate table with ...
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algorithm from scientific paper

In my application I want to use a mixture of several algorithms described in some recently published scientific papers. But I have some legal questions. Q1 If an algorithm was published in a ...
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FreeType font patent issue and Apple platform

As I know, FreeType restrict some features by patented font technology from Apple. So, if I develop a program for Apple platform only, can I enable and use the features?
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Is Morton Code algorithm patented?

Synonyms: Morton Code, Morton Curve, Z-Order Curve, invented 1966 by G. M. Morton according to wiki. Not to be confused with Hilbert Curves which is closely related and have similar name. I was ...
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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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Software license options

Is there a software license that allows free access to source code, but does not allow redistributing any binaries, either direct from the source code or modified source code for a limited time? The ...
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What's the best license for my website?

I have developed a unique website but do not have a lot of fund to protect it with trademark or patents. I'm looking for suggestions so that when my supervisor gets my codes, some laws restrict anyone ...
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How would you decline to have your name put on a software patent? [closed]

Your company wants to patent something you implemented. You do not agree with the concept of patenting software. How do you proceed? Would it be acceptable to file the patent, but keep your name off ...
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Do you keep your ideas secret? and why? [closed]

I believe any programmer has several ideas that she/he considers as innovative or at least valuable. It may be an idea of a new product which will make this world better or a new development approach, ...
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How would you want to see software intellectual property protected? [on hold]

Reading answers to this question - and many other discussions of software patents - it seems that most of us as programmers feel that software patents are a bad idea. At the same time we are in the ...
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Can an algorithm be patented?

So can an algorithm be patented? I saw this statement which made me think: Everybody would abstain from patenting the improvements of contour dot algorithm for at least several years, say ...
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How does a one-person ISV handle software patent research? What due-dilligence is required?

I'd like to sell software, but I'm worried about infringing on software patents. What should I do/research prior to writing code?
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Should software patents be legal? [closed]

A really big issue that a lot of people have problems with is software patents. According to Wikipedia, some of the big issues with software patents include: Where the boundary between patentable ...