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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: How long does it typically take the patent office to review a patent?
David E Blau
David E Blau answered on Aug 4, 2017

The answer varies depending on the type of technology, but generally between 22 and 30 months. However, there is a great deal of variation, even within each area, based on whether there are enough knowledgeable examiners on staff and how "hot" the technology is, among many other... Read more »

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Q: Hi, I was wondering if you are able to file patents for video game ideas that are built on a 3rd party platforms.

In short, we run several large-scale game servers (such as Minecraft) which are run for profit. Due to the nature of Minecraft being a sandbox game, this allows content creators to have maximum flexibility over what they choose to provide to their audience. Minecraft "servers" (i.e.... Read more »

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David E Blau answered on Jul 10, 2017

The short answer is: yes, it's possible. Almost all patents are based on improving technology originally developed by someone else.

A patent can be filed on any new and useful process or improvement to a process. Playing Minecraft is a process (believe me, I know). You probably...
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Q: Is there a risk to submit my patent to P&G's Connect + DevelopSM Innovation Portal to realize my idea ?

Dispensing To Water In Flush Tank Patents

David E Blau
David E Blau answered on Jul 5, 2017

Generally, no patent may be obtained for an invention that is available to the public before an application is filed with the patent office. The US has some limited exceptions, including disclosures made by the inventor less than one year before the application is filed, but the patent office will... Read more »

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Q: Can you recommend an attorney who can manage the patent process and the marketing management of the patent to sell it?

We have an European patent and would like to sell it in the amercian market. We need a trusted lawyer to advise us on the steps to be taken and in legal proceedings in the USA. Thanks in advance.

David E Blau
David E Blau answered on Jun 13, 2017

Due to international law, a European patent provides no enforceable right in the United States. To obtain patent protection for a product sold in the United States requires a patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The best recommendations usually come from people...
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David E Blau
David E Blau answered on Jun 13, 2017

Abandonment means that an application has been filed with the Patent and Trademark Office, and the Office found some deficiency in the application that requires a response from the Applicant, but the Applicant failed to respond within a set time period so the application has been denied.

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