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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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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What is the difference between patents and research articles? [closed]

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 ...