The USPTO registration only lists details regarding Trademarks which are registered within the United States. Often times businesses will pursue international trademark rights. Any potential international rights will not necessarily be reviewable via the USPTO registry. You need to check with the...Read more »
As part of the effort to promote entrepreneurial enterprises by the USPTO, trademark registrations and patent grants are subject to periodic renewal, maintenance fees, and confirmation of use. As such, after registration, a trademark remains valid for an initial term of ten years, subject to filing...Read more »
Like, specifically when multi-billion dollar companies do it. When they buy up patents and sue small companies for generally making something that looks like one of their thousands of patents, Isn't that kind of restrict the rights of the small businesses?
In addition to Kevin's comments, I would also state that a patent is also an equitable exchange between the government and the inventor. The inventor gets to have exclusive rights for a limited time--but in exchange, the inventor has to disclose the details for how the invention was made. The...Read more »
At the very least, before you go to a manufacturer, get an attorney to draft you a quick NDA (nondisclosure agreement) or if dealing with a Chinese manufacturer, make sure it's an NNN (non-use, non-circumvention, nondisclosure agreement). I would also highly recommend filing a provisional...Read more »
Despite the passing of the original inventor, it's possible that the patent was assigned to a corporation that would very much care. There are also often times improvement patents (continuation-in-part, divisional, or simply later filed applications) which build on an original parent patent....Read more »
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