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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Hi, Grant here. Thank you for your time. I am asking if Permethrin or N-MethylPyrrolidone are still under patent.
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Nov 22, 2019

I do not know. But I do know that entrepreneurs can do their own searching using Google Patents, and other tools hosted by patent systems. I teach entrepreneurs how to use these tools effectively using these slides http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching . I hope this helps.

Kevin E Flynn

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: We would like to identify how we can come in contact with the patent holder and whether we can license/purchase it
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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Nov 16, 2019

The United States Patent and Trademark Office maintains a database of who owns the patents. https://assignment.uspto.gov/patent/index.html#/patent/search You can look up who is listed as owning the patent of interest. The contact information may not have been updated since the ownership moved... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: does this patent apply globally? are there any exceptions?
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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Nov 13, 2019

Your question did not provide the specific patent number but I can answer anyways. There is not a global patent. Patents are issues by a country (or in rare instances a region) and only apply to actions in that location.

A United States Patent Applies to the United States.

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for New York on
Q: Hi, can I check who has purchased a patent from an inventor?

I am dealing with an unscrupulous inventor who tries to sell his software patent. He tries to sell it with development done by a 3rd party. That 3rd party has already confirmed to me they are not interested in working on it, because the inventor is ineligible. Also, I was hired by the inventor to... Read more »

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Nov 12, 2019

Once the patent issues or a patent application is published, then you should be able to see details in the assignment database at https://assignment.uspto.gov/patent/index.html#/patent/search . You will also be able to see the relevant information in Public PAIR once you know the application... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Kansas on
Q: Can i incorporate the use if one patent (ie toy ) as primary subject in another patent if outcome provides new service

Move object from point A to point B using a patented toy to made life easier

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 29, 2019

Many patented processes use patented components in the process. Sometimes the company seeking the patent on the process owns the patents on the tools or components used in the process, sometimes they do not. It does not matter.

That said, your own idea will need to meet the test of being...
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Tennessee on
Q: How do I obtain a patent for a tool I invented? Its a mechanics tools?

I have requested the services of a patent company, but was warned by an attorney to check into it myself.

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 21, 2019

It is at least possible that there is a patent services firm that is worth the money so I won't say that all are bad. However, that group of companies has a horrible reputation.

There are a number of invention promotion firms that take money from inventors and provide little or no value...
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: I have to assign a Patent to my old Enterprise. Do they have to pay for This to me?
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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 21, 2019

This is actually not a patent law question but rather one of contract and state law. It is not easily answered without knowing what agreements you had with your prior employer.

The answer may be different if you were a 1099 employee or a person not expected to invent things as part of...
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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: how long is a patent valid?

How long is a patent valid since the date of patent?

Is a patent in US valid world wide?

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 17, 2019

PATENT TERM

Patent term is more confusing than it should be. The one part that is simple, is that patent term is not a function of the technology. There is not a way for the applicant to apply to extend the patent term (unlike trademarks or copyrights). (but as noted below, there are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: What countries are the patents allowed in?
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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 16, 2019

Most countries have some sort of patent system. Some use a regional system so that several countries can share the cost of running a patent system.

There is a front end for 153 patent systems run by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) See the list of countries here...
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: How can I learn if a patent is earning royalties by the inventor?

Is this patent earning royalties? 20020198764

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 13, 2019

The number you cite is not a patent. It is a published version of an application. Not all patent applications become patents. According to Google Patents, this one did not.

https://patents.google.com/patent/US20020198764A1/en?oq=20020198764

Sometimes a license agreement will...
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Mississippi on
Q: LOOKING FOR A PATENT LAWYER IN THE GULFPORT, MS AREA
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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 6, 2019

As patent attorneys obtain their patent registration from the USPTO, they can help inventors from anywhere seek US patents. Many of my clients are from states beyond North Carolina.

In some situations, there is a need to visit a lab or factory to see prototypes or to interview a number...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: I would like to have a hard copy of a patent I originated. How much does that cost?

Worked for Lennox Industries for 19yrs; this was my final project. Even the events to my termination were questionable; at best, in my estimation.

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 28, 2019

Congratulations on being an inventor on a US patent. You can download a PDF of the patent at https://patents.google.com/patent/US10337727B2/en?oq=10337727 and then print the patent out.

If you want the patent on some thicker stock, you can buy one from the USPTO for $3. I have not done...
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Q: I live I north carolina my daughters boyfriend grandmother bout here a cell phone she will not give it to me what's my
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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 27, 2019

I am sorry, this is not a patent law question. Perhaps you thought the category was paRents instead of paTents.

Good luck in resolving your situation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: Renewal fees have been missed on a patent due to financial limitations of owner. How can the patent be reinstated?

Late period from renewal due date is less than six months.

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 19, 2019

I do not think that the lapsed patent can be reinstated in accordance with the rules as the failure to pay was not unintentional under USPTO guidelines.

Traditionally, not having the money to pay a fee was not considered a reason that something was unintentional. See

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Hi, I am based in South Africa and from what I have learnt, Software cannot be patented or is this only in South Africa

I'm working on creating a new digital file type that does some unique things but I would like to know if there is a chance for this file type to be patented? If so how do I go about it?

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 19, 2019

I do not know the rules in South Africa. Software can be patented in the United States but normally the patent is on how the software makes the computer or related equipment do their jobs better. A new digital file type may fall under this category.

It is much harder than it used to be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Hi I am looking for the patents which describe the steam activation carbon production methods?

Could you please let me know how can I access to the last patents in the above-mentioned area?

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 19, 2019

You can use Google Patents or the USPTO search tool. There are other tools and some that focus on patents or patent applications filed outside of the US but these two are where I would normally start.

Here is a link to some tips on using these tools. http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching...
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: There is significant public domain prior art pertaining to this patent application how should it be submitted?

US 2019/0260252 A1 - I cannot find an international application number to submit a third party observation through ePCT. Thank you.

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 16, 2019

I have not looked at the cited published application but here is information to get you started.

Monitoring recently issued patent applications is smart. It allows an opportunity to submit relevant prior art for consideration by the Patent Examiner see...
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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Business Formation and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: can you help me find the seed money to make my parent 7571681 presentable? I need a Angel investor? A Grant wrighter?

My only income is my SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CHECK I AM OPEN TO ALL POSSIBILITIES.

ERIC TRUMP EVEN ASKED ME TO SEND HIM A BUSINESS PLAN Based on my patent 7571681 four patent in one.

RR Tie replacement on the run

Recycling the old RR ties

Recycling the spikes... Read more »

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 10, 2019

Raising money is a skill. Most patent attorneys do not have that skill. You may want to get some free advice and some introduction from this state agency...http://floridasbdc.org

I hope this helps

Kevin E Flynn

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Are any of the Superfeet patents infringing on this patent 6594922 by Anthony Wyatt?
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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 3, 2019

Technically, a patent does not infringe on an earlier patent. You are free to file patents on improvements to an earlier issued patent.

You may not be able to make your improved product that is subject of the later patent until the earlier patent has expired or lapsed.

I have not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Georgia on
Q: Can new [patented] products limit their legal, public usage if intended for advertising?

Have a product idea, but wondering about some marketing kickbacks, so I'm going to use an example to explain what I mean...

Pretend I invented baseball caps and patent the product. Everyone decides they like them, so people buy and use them. Suddenly, a large corporation wants to put their... Read more »

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Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 2, 2019

If you have sufficient bargaining power, you can sell your product to individuals with a different deal to different groups.

So you can license one company to get the hats with a logo but you might control that you would be paid to apply to logo to the hat and build the profit margin in....
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