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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Ohio on
Q: Can I obtain a title of a vehicle left on my property ? The vehicle has been at my house for over 10 years.

I had left my friend borrow 5,000 almost 15 years ago. To ensure they would pay me back he left me with his vehicle that was valued at almost 60,000 back in 2006. He never returned and I have not been able to get ahold of him by phone or by mail. Please advise I am in the state of Ohio. I know I... Read more »

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Oct 18, 2021

This forum is solely for intellectual property. You will need to contact an attorney who specializes in tangible property.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: hi i was inquiring about if a patent is already out about something that i made at home then saw something similar to it

ear straps for a binky for babys attached to the side wholes of the binky. i would like to actually create something like this and see its already out but wanted ,ore information on it. i saw clips that you clip onto the binky but i was to have mine built in and mass produce. can you help me please?

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Oct 13, 2021

You will need to contact a patent attorney to determine if your product would infringe on a patented product. Perhaps the patent you saw has already expired or no longer valid, but there may be other patented products that you may be at risk of infringing. It is important to determine the... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Hello, I am currently a housewife and I have an idea for a cleaning product. I would like to get the idea patented.

I just don't have any idea where to start? I need to get the idea made into something physical that can sell. I also don't want to lose the opportunity to make the idea mine so that someone else can't steal it from me. I have never heard of this kind of product before so I guess I... Read more »

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Oct 5, 2021

A good place where to start familiarizing yourself with the patent process and patentability issues is the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website. Once you are familiar with the process, you may want to contact a patent attorney. Some attorneys offer a first 30 minute free... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Iowa on
Q: I need to know if this is breaching a Patent.

For school, I am planning a a Solar Array for the roof a vehicle such as a Pickup Truck or Van. My idea is similar to an existing patent, Patent Publication Number 20180175785, however my idea is smaller in size, by more than half, and designed for a different purpose, renewable energy generation... Read more »

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Sep 2, 2021

The issue is how different is your invention from other products claimed in patents and patent applications, or disclosed in the literature. You should consult a patent attorney to assist you with a patentability evaluation of your product.

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4 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: I have a display patent from 1993 I'd like to know if there's some way I can update it ?
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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Aug 25, 2021

If your patent issued in 1993 it expired in 2010, unless its term was extended by the USPTO because of delays in prosecution or for other reasons.

If you want to update your invention, you will need to file a new patent application, but your changes will need to be novel and non-obvious...
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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Would it be possible to patent a refrigerated tear drop style camper?

I would like to attempt a new business idea that would involve a utilizing a refrigerated tear drop camper style trailer and would like to know if there is any proprietary rights to this.

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Aug 2, 2021

It would be best to hire a patent attorney to do a patentability search. But in the meantime you may want to check databases such as Google Patents and the USPTO web site by entering the terms that best describe your invention.

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Wisconsin on
Q: If I was to patent a swimsuit with built in spandex what legal barriers would I need to overcome?
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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Jul 22, 2021

You have to make sure that your product is novel and non-obvious over similar products and that you are not infringing other patented swimsuits. You should consult a patent attorney.

3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: How long is a "patent pending" status good for and what happens after this period ?
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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Jul 8, 2021

"Patent Pending " means that an application for a patent has been filed for the particular product, system or method with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The status "Patent Pending " ends with the final disposal of the application by the USPTO, which... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: USE OF CANNABINOIDS IN THE TREATMENT OF INFLAMMATORY SKIN DISEASES GW pharmaceuticals Can I apply for a patent

I’ve developed a few process to extract cannabinoids from the cannabis plant and after reviewing GW patents am I able to apply for any patent concerning cannabis?

Thank you

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Jul 1, 2021

In general, processes for extracting cannabinoids are patentable. Having said that, you should hire a patent atto

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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Is it an infringement on this patent to use ridges for a similar product?

We are designing a high heel that transforms into a flat and we use ridges in our design to help the flat shoe bend at two points to transform into a high heel. Though this is not the main design used to transform the high heel to a flat shoe in this patent, their shoe uses ridges as well to help... Read more »

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Jun 10, 2021

It is not clear from your question what patent you are referring to. It would be best to consult a patent attorney to analyze the claims of the patent in question and assess the risk of infringement and whether you should design around the patented product.

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4 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for New York on
Q: How does one get an ideas manufactured,,I have an idea but not sure where to go from here.
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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Jun 6, 2021

If you are interested in protecting your product before you start selling, you should contact a patent attorney to determine if your product is patentable and, if so, prepare and file a patent application.

Liliana Di Nola-Baron, J.D., Ph.D.

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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Trademark Infringements and I don't know what to do ... need to find a lawyer to hire?

above - my email is whimsymecandles@gmail.com and my telephone number is 845-797-1574. please leave a message and i will call you right back if i don't pick up. i believe i may need an attorney for this type of issue long-term. thank you!

I rec'd the following email re my... Read more »

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Jun 1, 2021

Correct me if I am wrong..

You have a registered trademark for Candle Therapy by Whimsyme. Someone else is trying to register a trademark for Candle Therapy, and the examiner rightly refuses registration because of likelihood of confusion. So they are threatening a fake lawsuit to push you...
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3 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: How can we sell a patented product? Should we ask the patent owner for their permission?
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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on May 26, 2021

Assuming the patent is still valid, you should contact the patent's owners or assignee to see if they are willing to license their patented product. You should seek the help of an attorney who specializes in licensing to negotiate the terms of the license.

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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: I am working on a thesis. I am interested in a patent. How much will it cost?

it's about Treatment of bisphenol-a residue streams

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on May 20, 2021

Assuming the patent is still valid, you will need to contact the patent's owner or assignee to see if you can license or buy the patent or certain rights. There is no fixed price. You should have an attorney who specializes in licensing work with you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: How can I regester new mathematical ideas or theories. Please help me to patent it.(these is about angles).
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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on May 9, 2021

You may not obtain a patent for mathematical ideas. However, you may be able to obtain a patent for the application of such ideas, if the application is novel and non-obvous. Please contact a patent attorney to learn more about the patenting process.

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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for New York on
Q: Loophole to extend US provisional patient by 18-month by filing PCT and preserve original US priority date

I have filed a provisional US patent 11+ months ago (I have about a week remaining to file full patent). I know in the US there is no way to extend this without loosing my priority date of May 2020. However, can I refile this as a PCT, claiming the May2020 priority date, and then file the full... Read more »

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on May 6, 2021

If the PCT is just a loophole and it has no value to you, a less expensive alternative would be to file a non-provisional application claiming priority to the provisional, optionally with a request for non-publication, and then abandon the non-provisional application at a later time in favor of a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas on
Q: can i sell my own smart mirror?
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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Mar 30, 2021

Is your smart mirror your invention or did you just make small modifications to an existing product? If you made some modifications to an existing product, is that product patented? If so, it is best to consult an attorney, who can review the patented product, and advise you on whether your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: how can i contact a patent owner to get his permission to sell his patent?

the patent is a carabiner and i'm looking to sell it as part of a kit

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Mar 15, 2021

If the patent is still valid, you will need to license it from the owner and/or the assignee. You should contact an intellectual property attorney, who can assist you in determining if the patent is valid and under any licensing agreement, and help you with the preparation and execution of a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Colorado on
Q: If there is a baby bottle design on the market, would I be infringing if I designed a water bottle similarly?

Obviously different use... but similar body shape.

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Feb 17, 2021

A patent attorney can help you determine if the product on the market is patented and, if so, if the patent is still valid or it has expired. Even if the patent is still valid, there may be some differences between your product and the product on the market, so that you would not be at risk of... Read more »

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Q: Can I patent a simple single wearable button that calls 911

I have conducted a detailed search and found out that my button do not infringes any existing design patents but the idea is already present with different designs. Almost all the patents currently present related to my Idea/product are of the same idea but the design is different for example there... Read more »

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Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Feb 10, 2021

You should have an attorney do a comprehensive patentability search. An expired patent disclosing a product very similar to yours can be used by an examiner as a basis for rejecting your invention as lacking novelty and/or being an obvious modification of the patented product.

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