answered on Sep 14, 2022
The question of inventorship is actually a legal question, so ultimately anyone who should legally be listed as an inventor *must* be listed as an inventor. If inventorship is found to be incorrect, the patent itself could be in jeopardy. There are procedures available for making these corrections.... Read more »
how to find out if a patent is expired and if I can put a patent pending on something similar?
answered on May 15, 2022
One easy way is to look up the patent at https://patents.google.com/ . Then, for a US patent, put a US in front of the number such as US5857273. Google will fetch the patent and also let you know if it is expired or not (it is).
To get your own patent in the same topic, you will have to... Read more »
answered on Mar 29, 2022
The idea behind a patent is that the inventor discloses the invention, and in turn, the government gives the inventor something of value: the ability to keep others from using the patenting invention for a limited time. After the time runs out, anyone can use that invention.
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 »
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.
I am wanting to sell a glow in the dark dog leash but there is a patent, however I have found various ones on Amazon infringing on the patent because they are not the same product just extremely similar so can I sale the leash myself?
answered on Dec 21, 2020
You should not sell any products that infringe on valid US patents. Figuring out whether or not the product you want to sell infringes on a given patent is sometimes a tricky thing to figure out.
Though I haven't read the patent you're referring to, I think it unlikely that it... Read more »
answered on Sep 28, 2020
Without knowing what patent you're referring to, I can't answer this question fully. However, you can create various search terms around these elements if you utilize Google Patent Search, the USPTO database (PatFT), and the WIPO patent search database (patentscope) to get you in the... Read more »
I know thats what patents are for but I dont even have the funds for that.
answered on Apr 22, 2020
This is a very common question. Unfortunately, there is no good answer to it.
You really need to come up with the money to have a patent attorney prepare and file a patent application.
In 2016, I hired a patent attorney in 2016 to file, prosecure my invention. It was a tedious process; after repeated meetings, he prepared the first draft of the application. Thru a back-and-forth process, I revised his first application draft more than half a dozen time. Now, it turns out that... Read more »
answered on Dec 20, 2019
Wow, what a nightmare. I am so sorry that this type of thing happened to you.
Your first patent attorney sounds like he did not know what he was doing. Typically, one or two meetings are more than sufficient; generally, there is little reason for an in-person meeting anyway. Although... Read more »
My employer had filed a patent in 2017, where I was one of the two inventors. I understand the ownership of IP is with company, but I want to find out how do i even track the patent application status. The application was filed in 2017 and I believe it would have been through private... Read more »
answered on May 31, 2019
It should have been published by now. Patent applications are generally published 18 months after submission of the application, but in some cases, the applicant can ask that the application not be published.
Because sometimes Google patents and other services are months behind, you need... Read more »
The company original company was C.R.C. Air Cleaners, in Spokane Washington, where the first ones were produced for automobiles. There was another company that produced the first ones. Inventor was Roy Kendall Runyon, my father. First produced in Spokane Washington, 1930's. My father later... Read more »
answered on May 22, 2019
Take a look at https://patents.google.com/patent/US1788410A/en?oq=US1788410A
There may be other patents in this family but this should get you started. It is hard searching back that far as many of the tools focus on just the last few decades.
I hope this helps.
Kevin E Flynn
Im looking to start my own company in trip hazard removal but it seems they have pattebded alot of things on it what exactly are there pattends for and what do they mean in other words what do i follow so i dont use any of there pattends
answered on May 11, 2019
There are no easy answers to your question. You need to hire a patent attorney to guide you through this.
Competitor claims they have a provisional patent for all but color change of an (my) existing product. I thought provisional patents were for utility only. Could they be lying? How do I find out?
answered on Apr 26, 2018
A provisional patent application is for a utility patent but one can file a design patent application as a continuation of a utility patent application so there is some small chance that they could end up with a design patent from an initial provisional patent application.
Generally a... Read more »
I’m looking to create a mobile program that allows kids to create their own stories by supplying them with art assets and allowing them to write in text. If this patent is that exact thing, is there a way around creating that or am I completely blocked on making this program? When does the patent... Read more »
answered on Nov 7, 2017
Thanks for caring enough about doing the right thing to ask a question. The technical term for what you are asking is called freedom to operate (FTO) or sometimes "clearance". You are asking whether there are concrete legal rights that exist that would impinge on your freedom to operate... Read more »
I have 2.5 acre along the Lewis River, I have mineral rights and an updated Land Patent from the Oregon Land Grant act.
A structure was built in 1968, one year before Clark County WA code development existed. The structure was removed in October 1997, because of a flood caused by the 3 dams... Read more »
answered on Apr 25, 2017
A land patent is the highest proof of title over land. It is extremely authoritative. With that said, the laws of the jurisdiction will dictate your ability to use and develop the property. Ownership is only a piece of the puzzle. Your rights to improve the property are still subject to Oregon law.
I am looking to find if company "quikshow.com" Has a patent on the idea, and if so, what the patent entails so that I can maybe play around and see what possibilities I may have for this business.
answered on Mar 11, 2017
How do you tell? It is not easy to do so without hiring a professional to do it, but here are some steps that you can take yourself.
(1) Products need to have some sort of patent markings to give notice to potential infringers. With software, take a look at their website, at the shrink... Read more »
answered on Feb 8, 2017
If you're looking for general information about patents, the U.S. Patent Office has a good overview here: https://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/general-information-concerning-patents
answered on Feb 6, 2017
Patent forms can be found here: https://www.uspto.gov/patent/forms/forms-patent-applications-filed-or-after-september-16-2012
A patent application is a document that a patent attorney writes for an inventor, based on an interview with the inventor, or based on various documents that the... Read more »
For example, if a patent describes a luxury aircraft seat with a certain method of reclining and with a certain kind of tray table configuration, would the patent be violated if another manufacturer copies only the tray table configuration? Or, is the patent only violated if both the tray table... Read more »
answered on Nov 22, 2016
Good question. It does not matter what the patent describes. What matter is what the CLAIMS recite. If the claims recite both the table tray and the recline mechanism, then copying only the tray or the recline mechanism will not infringe the patent claims.
answered on Feb 26, 2014
You should contact a patent practitioner who can help you conduct a patentability search, and most importantly, interpret search results.
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