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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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 ...
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How to search web for patents only?

How can a search be made at google-scholars, Scopus etc for only patents? I want to search patents on a given topic or a set of keywords, but the results mostly include papers. Where I have to scan ...
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How to represent and cite a patent using BibTeX?

I need to cite some patents for a paper in BibTeX format. Google Patents provide me a BibTeX like this one: @misc{spangler1988method, title={Method and system for measurement of road profile}, ...
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Patents and papers out of my field of research

I am a Ph.D. candidate and my field of research is digital signal processing. But, from a lot of years I have two ideas: A new technique useful in the biomedical field. A paper or, better, an ...
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Inventors on patent regarding research results

In our research institute, advisors give phd students a lot of freedom and sometimes are not so much involved in the research. This was also the case for my latest research project. I gave him some ...
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Does living in university housing mean that they will own intellectual property you create there?

So I was wondering. Most IP policies at Universities state that you must work on inventions, software, etc. on your own time in order to keep your rights to it. Most also say that you can't use ...
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Is patenting based on theoretical findings possible?

Imagine one, as part of their academic research, makes a theoretical finding of a new material with interesting properties based on a computer simulation. The method used in the simulation is sound ...
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Can participation in online academic competitions destroy patent rights?

I have developed an algorithm/software that does a specific task. I want to let the algorithm compete in an academic competition, where the code is run on a password protected server on a secret test ...
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Does filing a patent application require disclosure in the paper publication process?

Suppose a patent has been filed (or is in process of being filed) over the same research that is described in a paper. Does filing a patent application require disclosure in the paper publication ...
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Does applying for a patent first make it more difficult to publish (or vice versa)?

After working on a project some times, some results are obtained and we decide to publish it. I know publishing a paper and applying a patent can actually happen in the same time, but is there any ...
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Are patents appropriate in taxpayer funded academic settings?

I am asking because I work for a non-for-profit academic hospital where the vast majority of the funding comes, one way or another, from the taxpayer. It is certainly possible, actually encouraged, ...
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How to reuse a figure from a patent? Is it free to reuse?

I recently came across a journal article that included and referenced a figure (photograph) from a US patent. I found the patent, and I would like to use the same figure, and I'm wondering who the ...
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what steps to take when research result is patentable

I'm working on a nearly completed paper in CS. It deals with a memory module design, which, apart from being a novel idea, turned out to be of potentially commercial value. Now I was thinking of ...
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Working further on idea from patent for student project and publishing

I have simulated and aerodynamic concept from a patent based on aerodynamics for reducing Drag. Can I publish my paper ? What is general trend ? Most patents on Aerodynamics concepts are just ideas ...
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How much do patents impact an academic career?

Patents are not normally considered as publications in scholarly journals, as they are not subject to peer-review. They are actually new ideas, but patenting does not guarantee the impact and ...
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If a paper or software is released to the public, can the university still file a patent?

It is my understanding that patents can be invalidated if there is prior art to the technique at hand; DJB has a piece that would suggest that this way authors can inadvertently invalidate their own ...
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Can a university claim patent rights for inventions performed on my own time?

I'm working for a university as a research programmer (prof staff, exempt) on an external grant ("soft money"), and there is a clear understanding between me and my immediate supervisor/PI, and at ...
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Why is Paper Publishing and getting a patent completely unrelated?

I know that not all, but many papers (that are accepted and published) are based on ideas that can be patented as well. So, why is that there is no system in which a person can apply for a Publishing ...
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Why don't professors start companies?

Why don't more professors attempt to use the knowledge gained during the course of their research work by starting a company and commercializing their findings? I'm asking this question per this ...
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How do academics make money from applying their research?

There are a lot of very smart people in academia. They are at the front of human knowledge and push it further. Obviously, the research that comes out of academia is very new. My question is who ...

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