Linked by jrincayc on Fri 15th Jul 2011 17:14 UTC
Legal Patent term calculation is complicated in the US because there are essentially two different systems and quite a few corner cases. Even with a list of patents, it can be tricky to determine when the patents are all expired. Since I am a computer programmer (and not a lawyer), I created a program to try and automate this. This paper discusses how patent term calculation works, and some results from a combination of hand and automatic term calculation for MP3, MPEG-2 and H.264.
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Patent Utilities
by Woolwit on Sun 17th Jul 2011 04:14 UTC
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Based on the work you did to build your Patent Utilities, can you comment on how difficult it would be to build a service that could automatically report which patents were about to expire?

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