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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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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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How to deal with involvement of a business idea documents in academic research?

Full disclosure (at the beginning in order to increase my credibility): I'm searching for a professor supervising my Bachelor thesis, i.e. under-graduate, however the question can apply to academics ...
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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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What is the difference between patents and research articles?

Both patents and research papers are the original works of the author which are never attempted by any other person in academic domain. So what distinguishes a patent from a research article ?
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How can I claim ownership of my idea without securing a patent?

I created a model for the pathogenesis of a neurodegenerative disorders that reveals a novel target for neurorestoration/neuroprotection. Can I patent the use of an existing compound for another ...
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How much of a share should I have in a startup based on my PhD research? [closed]

I am about to conclude my Ph.D. work. The research has led to a possible commercial product which I always pushed. So now, after four years of work, we've filed four patents with three already granted....
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Patent application file on arxiv

Is it wise to upload the published patent application file on arxiv? what will be the consequences of copy right?
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How do I find research topics that yield profitable patents?

How can I find (and execute) profitable, patent-producing research? Specifically, I want to produce financially rewarding patents. Are there any steps to success? There always seems to be an element ...
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How to run a fiscally independent research department? [closed]

I spoke with a professor and learned that The University of Tennessee chemistry department turns a net profit. It receives zero tuition money. It has patents and research grants. How does it achieve ...
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Patents associated with research papers

Is there a way to know if the authors of a paper filed a patent related to their content? Is this usually documented in the paper, or is it not notated for some reason (i.e. information asymmetry)? ...
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Royalty distribution negotiable?

It seems many US academic institutes co-own patents filed by their employees, and have policies for redistributing the royalty (minus costs) back to the inventor. For example, Stanford: 1/3 MIT: 1/3 ...
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License of content in patent

What's the license of content in a patent? I'd like to refer to existing techniques and show obtained results by including a figure which is obtained from a patent. Am I allowed to do that? For ...
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Can PhD students patent their work

I'm not aware of any PhD candidates patenting their novel work/product. Is it not ok to patent something you worked on?
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If a professor analyzed my work, does the university own my idea?

If I had completed work on a certain idea, and would like to have it analyzed from an expert in the field. And shared it with a few professors, to get their opinions on my work... would that mean the ...
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Changing Citation after acceptance of an article

We submitted an article to a SCI journal 5 months ago. In the article there is a section which is based on a patent which we had submitted to our institute's internal patent system. We cited the ...
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Why patents are not cited in papers as that of journal papers?

I couldn't find papers that cite patents. Is it OK to cite patents? If yes, what are the reasons for scarce patent citations?
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File a patent disclosure after paper acceptance [closed]

We were trying to file a patent, but unfortunately delayed the submission of the disclosure. Now the paper is accepted by the conference, not yet published. However, we uploaded the paper in advanced ...
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How do I protect my idea before presenting to a large company? [closed]

First of all some background info: I did a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Basically during my PhD I developed a concept that is now being trialled by two companies. One is very small, but one is a ...
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What is the difference between Elsevier's 'waterfall system' and 'cascading peer review'?

A lot of people are grumbling about USPTO 9,430,468, "Online peer review system and method", which describes (if I'm reading it right) Elsevier's system of reallocating papers rejected from Journal A ...
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Should I use the filing, publication, or grant date when citing a patent?

What is the standard for citing granted patents and patent applications in a paper? For granted patents, three dates are available: filing, publication, and grant dates (see for example this patent). ...
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My research supervisors want to patent an idea I made and I get a minority part of the invention

I entirely came up with a novel idea. I did all of the research indepently. Both my supervisors want to patent the idea now. It seems that I'm getting a smaller stake in the patent according to the ...
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Academic value of patents versus published papers

What is the general viewpoint held in academia regarding patents, as opposed to published papers? Are patents regarded as similar in credibility to papers? As a software engineer returning to ...
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Getting a patent after a poster abstract got accepted

I have submitted a poster abstract with my supervisors. The poster abstract got accepted, but we have not presented the poster yet. The poster describes a method we have invented and now we consider ...
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How to decide contribution percentages for authors of a paper which is based on a patent?

Suppose four authors namely, A, B, C and D (in decreasing order of contribution) are inventors of a patent. The inventors agree to write and publish a research paper, however, authors B and C do most ...
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What are the differences between a research paper and a patent?

I would like to know particularly how is regarded in a scientific community since it is not peer reviewed. It should be noted patents do not go through similar peer review as journal publications. ...
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Should I include a patent in my cumulative PhD thesis?

I am writing my thesis as a cumulative PhD, meaning that instead of describing the outcome of my project in a standard book format I write a short introduction to the compilation of publications. My ...
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Steps to take from a paper to a patent?

My question relates to the following thread I posted some weeks ago: How to publish a paper that does not seem to be within the scope of any journal? I have written the paper mentioned in that ...
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Double publication & parallel submitting a same study as a Paper and Patent

I have seen some discussions in this community about Academia vs. Market world. However, they couldn't satisfy my this question: Assuming what is written in answer of Why is Paper Publishing and ...
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Will having a patent ensure admission to a top Master's program in the US? [closed]

Will having a patent get me admitted to a top Master's program in the US? I am Computer Science background student.
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How to protect scientific open research from being patented?

For instance, say a published paper demonstrated new possible invention or technology by analysing the data and publishing it publicly. Is there any way to protect such research or its data which can ...
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Can I patent work after I have published a paper about it? [duplicate]

I've published my scientific results one year ago, but I didn't apply for patent at that time. Can I still patent it?
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Can I patent a model that I described in a paper or that I adapted from a model proposed by someone else? Is a patent more prestigious than a paper?

Academic papers in engineering sometimes propose a new model to tackle prior difficulties. These proposed models are not usually patented. For example in experimental papers and many power electronic ...
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Can I get inspired from Patented Algorithm?

I read an algorithm that is patented, I was inspired in one part of it and applied something similar (not exact) to my algorithm (e.g one step they applied out of their 10 steps algorithm I used in my ...
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Filing a patent before collaborating with industries?

During my recent research, I produced a little prototype which seems interesting enough for commercialization. I don't have the necessary resources to do it, so I naturally think about collaborating ...