That depends on factors, including whether the programmer was an employee or a contractor, whether the programmer owned it prior to the installation onto the server or it was done specifically for the company, and whether the person was paid for the work of writing the program, etc.
Patent lawyers very deal with international patent law on a daily basis. The way it works is that we are hired by a client who tells us which countries patent protection is needed, and we then coordinate patent work for our clients in all of those countries via local associates...Read more »
These vehicles were provided to the US military from 1984 - 1987. I believe similar brush guards were an option on GM trucks as early as the 1960's. I would like to reproduce this brush guard for the same GM vehicles and other vehicles with slight modifications. Thanks for any help you can... Read more »
This is a common type of question, but unless the brush guard was ornamental, finding the patent is not going to be very helpful. The drawings that come with patents are there to help the reader understand the invention, and are not meant to be...Read more »
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.
It is typically much easier to fight a patent application before the patent issues than fight against a patent. And yes, after America Invents Act, it is now easier to fight patent applications and patents than before.
With regards to geography, patents are enforceable only in the...Read more »
I would like to sell helmets with lights on it. I saw that one company has the patent on helmets with lights and indicator on it. Does that mean i can't sell other helmets with the same functionality or just that i can't sell the exact same helmets as the patent holder. And if so, how... Read more »
That really depends on what the patent claims say. The claims may be very narrow and you could get away with making something similar, or they could be broad and you are going to have a hard time making a helmet that competes well with the patented one.
My question is whether this patent covers all heterodimeric immunoconjugates or immunocytokines as described in Claim 1. Specifically, cytokine could be any secreted growth factors that are not mentioned in the patent. Antigen binding moiety could mean any bivalent antibody although the patent... Read more »
It appears that way. Provided, of course, that all of the other claim limitations of Claim 1 are taken into account. The term "cytokine" is defined in col 13, lines 38 to 62, and Claim 1 does not narrow this definition. This is not surprising; applicants try to claim more than just what...Read more »
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 »
You certainly can make a biodegradable lure. People have been making biodegradable lures for decades. The lure that you want to make just cannot have the same composition as the one recited in the claims in the patent.
Claim 1 requires that the lure is comprised...Read more »
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?
The problem is that if you do a poor job in describing your invention in your provisional application, but is done appropriately in the nonprovisional application, then you will be able to claim the priority only to the non-provisional application. What...Read more »
A beer syringe named "Bierstick" was allegedly invented by Brandon Sirian, alongside his brothers, Justin and Ryan. A quick search for an inventor name Sirian does not turn up any US patents. Though you'd need to hire a patent attorney to give you a definite answer, it does not...Read more »
I am being accused of copyright infringement by a company because we make the same product but in different ways. We both make hock socks (protective socks for rabbit's feet) The other company makes them with 3 different fabrics a solid toe and velcro or button around the ankle. I make mine... Read more »
Patents cover the invention that is described in the claims of the patent. A patent may indeed cover all hock socks, or it may cover just a very specific type of hock socks. Without knowing more, we can't really tell you.
Given that you've been contacted by the patent...Read more »
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