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English Dictionary Patentability
« on: 03-08-18 at 02:36 am »

Is a new English dictionary patentable?  If so, can it be patented as an article of manufacture?  What category would it fall into?


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Re: English Dictionary Patentability
« Reply #1 on: 03-09-18 at 03:48 am »

If you've come up with some novel and nonobvious way to make a book, or to make a website, or to make a DVD with a dictionary on it, then sure;  see for example the "Visual Thesaurus" as an example of somebodyorother's "Thinkmap" user interface and software design.  The words aren't patentable in and of themselves and don't add to patentability unless they have a "functional relationship";  see the "Printed Matter" doctrine.  Overview:

If you're talking about patenting the substance of the dictionary, that falls more under copyright.

The Visual Thesaurus was fantastic back in the day.  I wish the original version were still available;  last time I tried it they'd made it unusable with all the tinkering they'd done.
"The life of a patent solicitor has always been a hard one."  Judge Giles Rich, Application of Ruschig, 379 F.2d 990.

Disclaimer: not only am I not a lawyer, I'm not your lawyer.  Therefore, this does not constitute legal advice.


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