There are all sorts of products that are similar or improve on an already existing idea. My idea is in that atmosphere, but the marketing concept for my would-be product is vastly different than the product that already exists. I've been brainstorming ways to create a different design that... View More
You should be working with a patent lawyer during the R&D process. In general, a patent lawyer can help you understand the scope of the patent, identify other patents in your technical area that might be of concern, and help you either design around any enforceable patents or seek a license...View More
Maybe. Patents are issued for inventions that are new, useful, and would not have been obvious. You may be able to secure a utility patent, a design patent, or both. A patent attorney can help you evaluate the likelihood of receiving meaningful patent protection during a private consultation. You...View More
I am a content creator on Instagram and recently, my own artwork was flagged as infringing the copyright of a third party. Instagram shared the details of the third party that flagged my own artwork for copyright; and it linked back to two domains. mailvat.com and mailvs.net. I did some research... View More
Instagram should have provided you with instructions for submitting a counter-notification. Instagram should restore your content if the third-party doesn't reply, which it sounds like they won't since they used disposable domains.
DISCLAIMER I'm not your attorney. This...View More
It depends on the agreement with the invention company and whether the inventor assigned his or her rights to the invention company. Inventions in the United States are patented under the name of the inventor. But inventorship and ownership are different questions. If the inventor transferred...View More
You should consult with an experienced patent lawyer. This is not something you should try on your own. Determining whether you infringe a patent is complicated and best left to professionals. A patent lawyer can help you find the relevant patents in your industry and advise you during product...View More
It's possible, but you should talk to a trademark lawyer to confirm. If the federal registration does not list your particular goods or services, the owner of the mark may have acquired state or common law rights with respect to the mark used with your intended goods or services. The federal...View More
Like all abstract ideas, mathematical formulas are not eligible for patenting in the United States. If you invented a product that uses the mathematical formula, it might be eligible for patenting so long as you can meet additional legal thresholds. My recommendation is to consult with a patent...View More
It depends on the agreement between the entities. Unfortunately, there's no way to know what each entity is permitted to do based on the text printed on the first page of the patent. For example, if the patent was sold, the Assignees listed on the front page would not be updated to reflect the...View More
Google Patents shows that the patent you indicated has not expired. The expiration date shown in Google Patents may or may not be accurate. Confirming the expiration date will require some investigation. You should consult with a patent lawyer to be sure.
How much should I plan on spending to learn if this idea is, in fact, unique? Whom should I contact? Patent attorneys? How much money should I anticipate spending to create a patent as to protect my idea before I present it to major manufacturers?
Here is an article about setting a patent budget: https://patentxp.com/patent-budget-2/
Most patent applicants will pay somewhere between $15k-$40k per utility patent application. That amount will be paid over the 2-4 years the application is pending with periodic government fees due after...View More
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