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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Louisiana on
Q: I have a patent for which I have just received a notice of allowance. Can I add an inventor?

The application has been assigned to my company. I want to add one more inventor before it is issued. Can I add one more inventor before the patent is issued? I have not paid the issue fee yet.

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Jan 18, 2022

Yes, you can. Just let your patent counsel know the details and they should be able to take care of it for you.

3 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Products Liability for Minnesota on
Q: Patent 7803360 protects a product that is degradable underwater.

Does this mean that no one is never allowed to make a bio degradeble lure other than this company? If one would be able to create something, they wouldn't be able to sell it? Not quite sure I understand how this patent works. Or is the patent designed to protect their formula, meaning if one... Read more »

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Dec 8, 2021

To understand what exclusive right is possessed by the patent owner, it is necessary to read the claims of the patent. The patent only provides the exclusive right to practice what is specified in the claims. Claims 1, 21, and 22 in this patent are independent claims. Unless a possible infringer... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: I wanna make a patent. How do u do it
Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Dec 7, 2021

First, make an invention. One that is novel and nonobvious. Then write some words and draw some pictures providing adequate written description and enablement. Then file at the USPTO office and wait until they send you something back. Then argue with them that the claims really are novel and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Virginia on
Q: I am the primary on 19 patents at my company. what are the ramifications for me?

company employment states whatever is developed while employed belongs to the company. if they are going to sin off these patents/ideas or sell them as equity when selling the company, can there be anything in it for me?

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Dec 1, 2021

Based on what you have stated, it isn't likely that you have a legal right to any compensation. You begin your question by noting that "company employment states whatever is developed while employed belongs to the company...." This aspect of an employment agreement, coupled with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: is my patent # 7261346 still in tact

it is a truck protection device

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Nov 22, 2021

According to the USPTO Public PAIR site, this patent expired in 2011 for failure to pay the first maintenance fee. So, no, the patent is expired.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Is there an active patent on placing a cleaning cloth to the tip of the underside of a neck tie?

The square part of the underside of a necktie as a microfibre cloth for cleaning

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Nov 17, 2021

Check out US Pat No. 8,931,115 (plug in the number at https://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm). Seems relevant.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: May I have a list of relevant patents on WEEE ?

electric and electronic wastes management

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Nov 17, 2021

Certainly you may. Just find a searcher or a patent attorney and pay them to search and provide the list to you. For the same price, they'll probably provide you with copies of the documents also.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Missouri on
Q: How do I buy the patent for this abandoned patent ?
Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Nov 17, 2021

You probably should not want to buy an "abandoned" patent. They're not worth much.

2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: If I file a provisional patent myself but dont do a good job, can it be correct later on filing nonprovisional patent?

Hi:

I want to patent an idea. If I file a provisional patent on my own and hire a patent attorney later to file a nonprovisional patent on the same idea, can he/she modify the provisional patent and correct/modify any flaws that I possibly make in the provisional patent?

Thank you... Read more »

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Oct 26, 2021

The thing to keep in mind is that any application filing, provisional or otherwise, only holds a solid priority date for you if it provides adequate written description and enablement for your invention. So, while truly cosmetic things can be "corrected" without a problem, if new matter... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Washington on
Q: Patent: I want to patent a projectile based off the 9mm luger. Can I patent a projectile using the same dimensions?

The impact lead has on shooting ranges is devastating to the local environment. The goal would be to produce ammunition that could be used in common calibers. This ammunition would comprise of materials that could be broken down naturally and with low to no impact on the environment and ground... Read more »

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Aug 2, 2021

Sounds like the composition of your projectile is what will be relevant. Dimensions would not seem to be the issue. If you're projectile composition is novel and nonobvious, then you may be able to obtain a utility patent. I'd be happy to discuss.

4 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Good day! I would like to ask if my idea is something that needs to be patented. I have made a flashcard of the alphabet

Each letter in the alphabet corresponds to an animal and an emotion as well. The illustration on the flashcard shows the emotion on that animal. Example: A is for Ape. Then in the flashcard, it depicts of an ape what is Anxious. B for bear. Then the bear in the picture is brave. C for cat and the... Read more »

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Aug 2, 2021

I don't necessarily agree with the design patent route. If you can show, or better if you have research that shows, increased retention with the additional association of the emotion matching the letter of the animal name AND can show that this is novel, you could potentially pursue a utility... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Indiana on
Q: I want to make patented bee protecting mushroom extracts (patent of Paul Stamets). Are they still active? Can I use it?

Specific mushroom extracts: reishi, amadou, and chaga. I don't understand how someone can stop others from selling a natural product.

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on Feb 26, 2021

A number of U.S. patents relating to this subject matter appear under the name Paul Stamets. Several are relatively newly issued and will be active for some time. One thing to realize is that the patent only provides an exclusive right (right to sue for infringement) for what is within the scope... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Regarding patent 9369170: What exactly is there a patent for here?

Covering cameras using a slide mechanism is obviously nothing new. How specific or non-specific is this patent? Does the patent refer to covering both cameras in one single slide while simultaneously leaving space for the proximity sensors? Or is it just for this very specific mechanism for the... Read more »

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on May 20, 2020

This patent, like all patents, only provides exclusivity to the owner (or licensees) for what is recited in the "claims." Claims are the numbered sentences at the end of the PDF of the patent document, although they occur near the beginning of the html version of the patent on the USPTO... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: We had contacted a company in Boulder, Colorado to search potential patents as we have an invention idea (COVID-19).

They took two weeks and gave us the patent search results. They now want to give us some proposals for work with their company that they say includes possible design engineering, patent application, legal work with an attorney, marketing, etc.

We want to make sure this company and process... Read more »

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on May 15, 2020

The phrase in your question " they say includes possible design engineering, patent application, legal work with an attorney, marketing, etc" concerns me. It sounds like a "package" of services most often offered by "invention submission" companies. Some may be... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: can you patent an AR idea?
Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr answered on May 15, 2020

If you are referring to a modification to the AR-15 platform (AR is Armalite Rifle, for the original maker), I am a patent attorney and also a shooting enthusiast with years of experience building and modifying AR type rifles. I'd be happy to talk to you.

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