Questions tagged [patents]

Questions about patents. Patents are government licenses conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention without compensation.

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Another company patented my research project during my master studies, what should I do?

I started working as a part time researcher in a company during my master degree as part of my graduate studies. I published a paper 2.5-3 years ago based on the data and my work at school. Last month,...
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How to safeguard marketable ideas from being stolen?

Say I plan to share an idea with a professor that has the potential to inspire a biotech startup. What forward-looking steps can I, as an undergraduate, take beforehand to ensure the professor won't ...
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Can I submit the next paper before a previous base paper gets published?

I wanted to publish an algorithm in a journal and submitted the paper to be published within the next 6-months. Meanwhile, before the publication of the submitted paper, I optimized the algorithm. Can ...
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Do I retain patent rights after transferring copyrights? [closed]

I have two questions: I recently published a paper on IEEE and transferred copyrights. Can I apply for a patent after transferring copyright? If I publish an article on alreadly Patented work and ...
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How can I tell that I have done enough literature research? Is there a specific amount of time one should devote to it? [closed]

Finding and gathering references can be a quite time-consuming task as it demands one to get accustomed with the terminology and concepts of the related topic / area. How much time should one devote ...
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Search techniques for finding references at the start of reviewing the literature for your research?

Whenever we start new research, we need to do a literature review first in order to both get acquainted with the context and the concepts related to our research as well as to situate our research ...
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Patent vs Research paper for a top university admission?

I am working as software developer in a company. I had filed one patent and published one research paper. I want to apply for Master's in a top university (like NUS at Singapore or German universities)...
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Filing a patent which my research advisor will found a company on it [duplicate]

I'd appreciate your advice on my current situation a lot! So I'm an international phD student getting close to graduate. My research advisor got so interested in my recent project and he's working on ...
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Are patents included in literature reviews?

I'm writing a literature review on synthesis and biological activity of some organic compounds, and half the references I found on SciFinder are patents. Are patents typically included in literature ...
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How to show patents in my google scholar profile?

I have a Google Scholar profile where my conference papers are located. Google automatically added one, while I had to manually add another. See https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ZveOfZYAAAAJ&...
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If a research project leads to potential financial benefits, who owns such benefits?

I am deciding if I should follow the academic path or work in industry. One of the perceived benefits of academia is the ownership of your own work, be it papers or patents. I want to know how much ...
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Are there universities with policies that default intellectual property decisions to faculty?

For context, at a US-based institute there is a typical business-like policy stating intellectual property developed by faculty is owned by the institute. Likewise, faculty are required to submit ...
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Publishing Unpublished undergraduate research after a decade

I want to see whether I can publish my undergraduate work after a decade. Context: This is to support my academic career as I am planning to apply for a PhD program (Biophysics/Chemistry/Structural ...
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Can a company use a method published in an academic paper to make money?

Academics do not usually apply for patents for the methods published in academic conferences/journals. Can a company use the ideas/code/results in these publications in a product they make money from? ...
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How to equitably divide the economic benefits of a licensed patent among academic inventors?

I am PI of a research group and in different projects regarding sample analyses, it looks like we will be able to license 4 patents to 4 different companies. I can tell you this success was not ...
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What can a scientist learn (only) from patent literature/database rather than from research literature?

I'm currently diving in a field I'm no expert in, mainly I have methodological expertise and a theoretical background, but not in the research object itself. Now I'm seeing this is a field of applied ...
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Patent Agreement in Order to Graduate

I am about to finish my masters in stats and in order to graduate I was told that I need to sign a document stating that any patents that I filed while enrolled at the university, belonged to the ...
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PhD advisor making start up company based on my thesis work. How do I prevent this from delaying my graduation?

I am a fifth year PhD student who has independently developed a project for my thesis. Recently, I have presented some promising preliminary results. My professor called it a 'gold mine', and wants to ...
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Can I patent part of my work presented that in my own research paper?

I recently published a paper in which I proposed a new transmission design relevant to wireless communication (skipping the details here). Now I am thinking to file a patent but I am not sure if the ...
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How should I avoid someone patenting technology in my paper/poster?

I am working on a paper in the field of AI. I've developed a new technology that allows many state of the art benchmarks to be improved on. I want to make sure that when I publish the paper, anyone/...
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Ethics of patents for research work funded by tax money

My academic research supervisor is asking me to write a patent that he is self-funding, with potential private commercial interests and benefits. I am also directly involved in the work that is ...
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Can I include Abandoned Patent in CV?

I recently came to know that one of the patent we filed in my previous organization has been abandoned. I am currently preparing my resume for PhD applications. I am confused whether to specify the ...
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My research paper filed as a patent in China by my Chinese supervisor without me as inventor

I completed my PhD 3 years ago from a university in the UK. Today I was looking for some papers in google scholar. I found a patent in China. The patent was written in Chinese however, all diagrams/...
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How do you decide how to categorize a new idea? Patent? Present at a Conference? or Publish in a Journal? [closed]

I came across a patent that proposes an idea for a device, and in the background section of the patent, other similar devices that were published in conferences (not even journals) were cited. ...
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How to avoid theft of potentially patentable IP when trying to obtain a Ph.D?

When I was fresh out of college, I worked with someone who had their Ph.D who I'll call X. They told me that they had lunch with a person from Facebook who had told them about a Novel Algorithm ...
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Can I publish photos or reconstructed drawing of the internal part of a patented instrument?

I am doing a publication using a specific optical instrument protected by different patents. To see how it works I opened it and I have redrawn the arrangement of the optical components. Am I allow to ...
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When an academic researcher decides to file for a patent, where does the budget to pay for the patent-related costs typically come from?

When an academic researcher decides to file for a patent, where does the budget to pay for the patent-related costs typically come from? From the academic researcher's budget? From the University's ...
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How do I protect my research algorithm and findings from being infringed or stolen by anyone, including a professor of mine?

I have been working on an NLP project (Natural Language Processing) regarding a variety of Arabic. I had to observe and look for patterns and rules in this variety as the resources are almost absent ...
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Is it possible for me as a graduate student in the US to a sign a contract with an US company to create a US patent from my PhD research? [closed]

I'm a third year graduate student in the US and a company in the US is interested in a special part of my PhD research, which was about developing an algorithm and create a software based on that ...
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Conflict of interest statement for Elsevier

I want to submit a research paper to an Elsevier Journal. There is also an invention disclosure associated with this work. I have got the approval of the Technology Transfer Office to submit the paper....
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Issues with a patent overlapping my work [closed]

I am a PhD student and recently found that a patent exists with significant overlap to my work. I.e. my situation is roughly similar to that described in Proving that the PhD work was done prior to ...
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Redrawing a schematic diagram/image/schematic circuits to avoid Copyright infringement in publication

From other discussion in Academia SE and other source, I got an impression that redrawing is to avoid Copyright infringement. link1 link2 link3 not from SE link4 link5 I cannot comment there to ask ...
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Does it makes sense to publish new math whose primary significance is its applicability to another field?

I have come up with a new mathematical method that has applications in a field outside mathematics. I have described the mathematics of it, and proved relevant theorems to show how it works. The sole ...
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"Undeserved" patent attribution

I work with professor from my college and it seems like we are close to invention, so he said me to collaborate with his old friend and patent it. All amount of work was divided between us unequally. ...
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Can I perform and publish studies on patented chemical compounds?

If a set of chemical compounds is patented by somebody else, am I allowed to perform studies (e.g. Pharmacophore, structure-activity relationship or QSAR analysis) on these patented compounds and ...
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How to handle conflicts with inventorship on a patent with my supervisors from the university and the company?

I am working on a research project funded by a company. So, I have two supervisors - one at the university and the other at the company. The company likes the work I did and is encouraging me to ...
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Advisor trying to patent an idea for himself even though we wrote the paper together!

My advisor is trying to patent an idea without me. I got to know that he is registering the patent through the IP officer at our University. When I asked him about it, he did not give me a straight ...
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Patented algorithm: what authors are allowed to do?

I work for an industrial research lab, which requires everybody to file 2 patents a year to achieve 100% in annual performance evaluation. Once the patent is filed, the algorithm in the patent is ...
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Experimental research work on a similar experimental setup patented by someone else

For my PhD thesis, I have conceptualised an experimental setup which is similar to an already existing patented design. Can I do research work on that setup (conceptualised by me) by simply citing ...
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How can one know if some of the content presented by a paper is protected by a patent?

How can one know if some of the content (e.g., an algorithm) presented by a paper is protected by a patent? Papers rarely mentioned that a patent has been filed for it.
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Balancing an internet startup and a tenure track professorship

What should do or consider to simultaneously succeed at my new professorship and my internet startup? I am starting a tenure track professorship in the fall. I am also on the team of an internet ...
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Is it acceptable to transform an accepted paper (tier-1 conf.) as a patent? [duplicate]

Recently I have a paper acceptance from a tier-1 conference in our field of telecommunication. I have also submitted the extended version in IEEE Transactions as well. Is it ok (and acceptable) for ...
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Listing patent applications on graduate/postbacc application CVs

I'm an undergraduate applying to graduate school and post-bacc programs, so posts like this one have been very helpful for me. I haven't yet seen a post about patent applications, though. So I ...
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Is it legal/possible to apply for a patent based on an already published/submitted journal article?

I want to apply for two patents. The first one is based on a journal article (obviously written by me) which is published a few months before. My first question is: Is it legal/possible to apply for ...
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Submit an academic paper to arXiv built over a patented idea

We have our idea patented with the company we are working currently for. But, we have also been writing a paper draft on the theory and the mathematics behind the idea with practical results, plots, ...
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Filed for a patent, then wrote a research paper about it: should the paper cite the patent?

I filed for a patent, then wrote a research paper about the same idea. Should the paper cite the patent?
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Proving that the PhD work was done prior to someone else's patent

I'm in a peculiar situation, which I'll try to describe as concisely as possible. Around three years ago I worked on something and I published a preliminary conference paper, which described the ...
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Should patents be included in review articles?

If so, then how should one reproduce the patented drawings in the review articles without any copyright (IPR) violation ??
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What is the right way to patent an idea under PhD studies?

Let us assume that a phd student has discovered a brilliant idea during his/her phd studies and that the idea has not been published or presented yet. How can that student protect the idea under a ...
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Should I publish a journal article on a new device instead of waiting to patent it?

I have developed a device that would be patentable, however I have no funds to get an international patent. I suspect that it might be better to write a research paper on the device so that people ...
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