I am looking to create a startup company, but there is a product that is patented and there seems to be no way around it. I am looking into ways to improve what is already out there or even use the product with my own twist in a legal fashion. The product patent is for dissolvable edible pods which... Read more »
It probably is a good idea to talk to a patent attorney. The claims may not be as comprehensive as you think. Alternatively, the patent prosecution history may show specific gaps in coverage. Other information, such as expiration dates, ownership, and the like, may also be helpful.
Sadly no. Patents typically have a maximum lifetime of about 20 years from the filing date. Although this can be adjusted a bit for delays at the USPTO, usually, the adjustments are only for a few months or years.
A 1993 patent era patent is likely long expired, is probably public...Read more »
Family patents include "Grass Cutter," (original lawnmower), Time-controlled release valve (for fire extinguishers and irrigation systems), and medical valve for oxygen tanks. It appears that our family has owned the patents for quite some time and a friend of ours mentioned that we may... Read more »
To start with, you could look these various patents up on Google patents and see which ones have expired, which are abandoned, and which may need maintenance fees. You can do this by looking at https://patents.google.com .
You can also get some idea of which patents have already been sold...Read more »
The answer is, "it depends." In some situations, such as refiling printer cartridges, the rule of "patent exhaustion" may apply. This rule is that a patent owner uses up their rights when they first sell a product.
However, the patent owner may also have engaged in...Read more »
Look up the patent status at the USPTO. One way is to use public PAIR. This is at: https://portal.uspto.gov/pair/PublicPair . Here you can enter the patent number and then look at the various records associated with the patent. These should show...Read more »
This may be patentable subject matter. But to pass the patent examination process, your ideas will have to be sufficiently novel and non-obvious. You will also need to provide enough supporting detail to show that you are in "possession of the invention."
Each letter in the alphabet corresponds to an animal and an emotion as well. The illustration on the flashcard shows the emotion on that animal. Example: A is for Ape. Then in the flashcard, it depicts of an ape what is Anxious. B for bear. Then the bear in the picture is brave. C for cat and the... Read more »
I suspect that this will probably not be patentable. There is a printed matter exception for patents. Unless the printed material improves the functionality of the thing it is printed on; then the printed material gets no patent "credit."
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