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

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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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 someone else patent my open-sourced algorithm? [closed]

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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Is there a way to publish software architectural design for open use and prevent patenting? [closed]

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 level of threat does selling an app on an app store present to a non-US company? [closed]

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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Should I patent my software? [closed]

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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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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algorithm from scientific paper [closed]

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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3answers
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Got an idea for an application, but part of it is patented, any suggestions? [closed]

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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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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Can an algorithm be patented? [closed]

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 ...