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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RE[2]: Patent Utilities
by Woolwit on Mon 18th Jul 2011 09:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Patent Utilities"
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I would think that that could be valuable information - to traders, biotech, etc. I wasn't able to find anyone offering that info as a service. If you could build it in a week I think you might have an interesting startup! Not sure what the business model would be exactly but something along the lines of: Paid to get info early; Free to see what expired after the fact.

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