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    Default What to Do if Existing Tech Patent Has My Idea

    I've been developing a concept for service companies but a patent from 2008 owned by a large corporation has my idea. I cannot fully understand the process they describe so I'm hoping I could possibly go about the concept differently with newer technology or a slightly different process. I'm unsure if I'm hitting a dead end or if these things are common and if there are ways around it even though my concept and end goal is identical. Thank you for any help!

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    Default Re: What to Do if Existing Tech Patent Has My Idea

    Well, I know that soon Jan 1,2012? that the patent law changes to first filed wins the patent (today its first to invent retains some IP rights).. You do not define what "has my idea" actually means.

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    Default Re: What to Do if Existing Tech Patent Has My Idea

    Quote Quoting davidmcbeth3
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    Well, I know that soon Jan 1,2012? that the patent law changes to first filed wins the patent (today its first to invent retains some IP rights)..
    No, not Jan. 1, 2012.

    http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementat...cellaneous.jsp

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