The process wants the names of the true inventors. Inventors are not always the owners or the people that worked the hardest on making the prototypes. Inventors are the people that impacted the direction of the project so that at least one significant piece of an issued claim would not be there...Read more »
We have found a US utility patent that should be invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 102 (b), because the exact product on there was being publicly sold and marketed online for more than one year before the patent filing date. We have collected extensive evidence and are looking for a IP lawyer to writeup... Read more »
Some challenges post-grant have limits on the type of challenge. An ex parte reexamination under 35 USC 302 is limited to challenges based on prior patents and printed publications. Other forms of challenge address an on-sale bar. Often if a product is on sale, there are user manuals, white...Read more »
You can start by doing a Google Search. Here is the search for looking for patents that I invented. Note that if you do not include the middle name that you will get extra patents that other people invented but you can go through that short list....Read more »
It is near impossible to "know" that something is patentable as the world is a big place and any reasonable prior art search is not going to check every obscure article in every language. (Prior art includes anything written since the beginning of recorded history in all languages that...Read more »
Choosing the right patent attorney is an important decision. There are a few things to consider. First, the patent attorney needs to have the right sort of technical background to be able to learn and communicate your idea. For example, I stay clear of pharmaceutical patents or block chain...Read more »
The product should be relatively easy & inexpensive to manufacture. I’ve done as much in-depth research as possible online - and nothing like this exists as far as I can tell. I’ve spoken with friends, relatives, neighbors about a need for such an item and I’ve received 100% positive... Read more »
Kudos to you for doing some prep work before your first meeting with a patent attorney. I love clients like that. I teach entrepreneurs about the patent process. I think it would be worth your time to review my intro slide set just so that you have some vocabulary and basic concepts...Read more »
I discovered and invented the method for the preparation of a nanocomposite when working as a postdoc at that institution, I have written a manuscript about the method when working there but I left the job, and I have the photocopy of all my experiment records about the method. I just noticed that... Read more »
This is not a DIY thing. You will need to contact a patent attorney who will compare your manuscript with the issued patent. It is likely that the university had agreements in place where you would have had to assign your rights over to the university. They may or may not give you a cut of any...Read more »
I do not see a patent issue here. Your list of legal topics did not include trademarks which is most likely the form of intellectual property that you should consider. For purposes of providing an introduction to vocabulary and not as a source of legal advice -- you could start with...Read more »
If one of the inventors passed away before the patent was complete would his/her spouse get the benifits for the patent. Also how could I find out if an agreement was signed between the inventors and the company?
If the inventor/employee assigned rights (or was under an obligation to do so), then the rights will be in the employer/company. This is the normal way of the world. I paid a builder to build my house. The builder built the house but as I paid him to do so, I own the house even though I did not...Read more »
If you have a patent application that was filed in Tunisia within the last 12 months, then you need to talk to the patent attorney that filed that application about filing a Patent Cooperation Treat application (normally called PCT application).
A PCT application is the front end of more...Read more »
The way to expand your rights beyond the original country of filing is to file a US application within 12 months of filing of the first application. Under the Paris Convention, you can file in the US and the priority date of the later filed US application will be the same as the earlier filed...Read more »
I'm developing a game and it's purpose is to simulate the real life in all of it's aspects, from driving a car to lead a billion-dollar company. I need to use a lot of vehicles (cars, trucks, trains, planes, ships...) and they are based on real life ones. For example, I have a Dodge... Read more »
I doubt that this is a patent question. I would be shocked if Dodge had a design patent on a virtual image of any of its automobiles. Their patents for things in the real world don't apply to images rather than actual automobiles.
Note that phone manufacturers can and do get design...Read more »
A large company is using my patent in their highly successful product without any request for my approval or agreement to compensate myself or the other inventors. Would it be possible to ask for retro active payments for the previous life of said product, or sue them for patent infringement?
Were you employed by this large company when you made the invention? Did you sign paperwork to assign the rights to the invention over to the large company or to some other company which may have passed rights or licensed the large company?
Inventorship and ownership are different things....Read more »
The publication of a patent application and the examination process are not tied. An application is usually published in the US at 18 months after the earliest priority document (this would include an earlier provisional application) but it could be as early as a few months after filing the...Read more »
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