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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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 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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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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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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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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