A patent for a technology I am looking at expired in August after 20 years and it says it was assigned to Bank of America. Does this mean Bank of America now owns the intellectual property or is the IP now open to the public? Would a licensing agreement with Bank of America be required to use this... Read more »
After a patent is expired, anything that is claimed or even disclosed in the patent, passes onto the public. Anyone is able to use or make the invention without worrying about getting sued by the patent holder.
Unfortunately, some companies ask for a license payments beyond the expiration...Read more »
Congratulations on your new Calathea! I like those plants.
It may or may not be patentable (depending if you found it in nature or if you've bred it), but you have two options: hire a patent attorney, or do it yourself. If you've never done this before, then you really need to...Read more »
The technology with credit cards has evolved by using raised numbers, then magnetic strips, then chips, so if you come up with yet another advance in technology, you should be able to get a patent on that.
The approval date for a drug named BIKTARVY is 02/07/2018 and the date of the first-expiring patent is 11/04/2020. Meaning the amount of time between the approval date of the drug and the date of the first-expiring patent is 2 years, 8 months and 29 days. Why would it be too short and not a length... Read more »
I was a Ph.D. student working with my professor at University. We together applied for two patents, which were approved in the U.S. and Europe. My professor later started a company and licensed these patents from the University. Recently on the news, a large company sub-licensed these patents again... Read more »
Sorry, I wish I had better news, but you very likely are not entitled to any money from the patent.
Generally, when you are a Graduate Research Assistant, you are getting paid, either as a salary or in lieu of tuition, to do research. You were getting paid. As with any university in the...Read more »
This is a very common philosophical question or a public polity in patent law. Since patents are made to promote the progress of science by securing for limited time to inventors the exclusive right to the inventions, what happens when the inventor does not do anything with his invention?...Read more »
You filed a provisional patent application, but you did not file a regular utility application like you were supposed to in order to get patent protection. Your provisional patent application has thus lapsed.
Well, if you are working on a classified material, such as a mass driver, then you need to talk to your group leader, manager or director. They will be able to provide the proper channels to determine if it is in the best interest of your sponsor to apply for such a patent, and what you need to do...Read more »
It looks like the first maintenance fee has been paid by CPA (a company that specializes in paying maintenance fees) on 2 Mar 2017. So it looks like that the payment of fee is in order and the patent is likely enforceable.
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