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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: What are the steps required to obtain a Freedom To Operate opinion on a patentable idea?

I'm interested in a US FTO opinion only.

Darrin A. Auito
Darrin A. Auito answered on Nov 7, 2018

Contact a U.S. patent attorney with relevant technical and legal experience.

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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Missouri on
Q: Am I infringing on a patent?

I sell puck holders and someone has alerted me they have a patent. Their design is different from the one I sell. Plus, I don't physically make the holders, I purchase them from a different company and add paint/glitter to it.

The patent holder sent a DMCA takedown notice to my web host,... Read more »

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Darrin A. Auito answered on Sep 19, 2018

I recommend contacting a patent attorney with litigation experience.

FYI - Sect. 271. Infringement of patent … "whoever without authority makes, uses OR SELLS any patented invention, within the United States during the term of the patent therefor, infringes the patent."

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Virginia on
Q: How do I file a patent for a potential consumer product and protect my intellectual property?
Darrin A. Auito
Darrin A. Auito answered on Sep 13, 2018

Contact an experienced patent attorney that is familiar with your technology.

2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Pennsylvania on
Q: Recourse for original inventor excluded from patent application. I contest right of ownership.

My colleague and I were responsible for 100% of the technical data and research for patent application and were inexplicably excluded by other colleague when he refiled secretly. We never assigned our rights and wish to contest right of ownership.

Can you advise me who we should contact at... Read more »

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Darrin A. Auito answered on Sep 8, 2018

I recommend contacting a patent attorney. Good luck!

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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: How long does it normally take for the patent office to review a patent?
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Darrin A. Auito answered on Aug 3, 2018

The USPTO publishes a lot of really great statistical data. Check out this site:

The answer to your question depends on the art unit of the application that awaits review.

Click on "Pendency Data," then "First Office Action...
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