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Business method vs utility method patent

Danny Halprin

Business method vs utility method patent
« on: July 17, 2017, 01:57:28 PM »
Is there any distinction between a business method patent application and a more standard utility method patent? I understand that the general language of a business method patent application would include more business lingo and a more business approach, like "how does this system provide value" but is it the same application?

Does a business method provisional patent prevent companies from pursuing product that utilize your business method entirely?

Thanks so much!

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Re: Business method vs utility method patent
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 02:44:00 PM »
Hi,

1) A "business method" patent would fall under the umbrella of a "utility" type patent.   The claims you would write for this would be either (or both) method or system claims so I guess you could call it a "utility method" patent but thats not a term I hear often.   See this video for types of patents:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_QuIaM4Yo8
then read this:  http://patentfile.org/software/

2)  No patent application will "prevent" a company from doing something.  Only a valid and issued patent can be used to stop someone from copying you.   So if you wanted to stop someone you would have to file a full non-provisional, see it through to issuance (which can take years and several thousand dollars), then sue someone which could cost 100k or more.  See this post:
http://patentfile.org/you-have-a-patent-so-what/



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