A United States Patent Applies to the United States.
A United States Patent applies to actions in the United States. So making a product in China and importing to the US would be covered. Also making a product in the US and exporting to Canada would be covered.
This is a public forum and not the place to share your innovative concepts. I encourage you to share the nuances of your idea only with a patent attorney that you are interviewing to hire. The attorney-client privilege attaches early so you can share confidential information to interview...Read more »
There is not a regional patent for North America. One can obtain a patent in the United States, and separate patents in Canada and Mexico. The patent examiners in the three states negotiate the terms of the patent claims independently with the invention owner and thus the final outcome may lead...Read more »
I am not aware of a rule that precludes having two patent applications with the same title. As a practical matter, I avoid doing so but I am not aware of a rule that will prevent it. If both applications issue as patents, they will be unique based on the patent number even if they have identical...Read more »
Google Patents notes that your patent expired in 2006 for failure to pay a maintenance fee. You may want to discuss this with your patent attorney. There are ways to pay for an unintentional failure to pay a maintenance fee to revive a patent that lapsed for failure to pay the...Read more »
The first stage of this problem is not a patent question. Seems that at the core, that you had a contract with someone to do something for you. You said that you paid and provided material for them to use on the project and they did not perform. You should start with contact with an attorney...Read more »
It would need to be something very unusual to get a patent on the specifics of the thread geometry. Virtually every possible combination of handedness, threadform, thread angle, lead, pitch, starts, has been done. There seems to be more appetite in the USPTO to grant patents for orthopedic bone...Read more »
My friend used my cell phone to take a picture of my sound bowl and it came out beautiful. She he says the picture is his intellectual property. Although the cellphone used to take the picture and the sound bowl is mine. Who owns the photo?
The scope of a patent is defined by the claims. Claim interpretation is hard as it is a mix of concrete details and some more abstract aspects. But each of their independent claims has some specific requirements. So in short, they do not have a patent on every possible way to sell pastels....Read more »
The acceptance of a provisional patent application is a clerical matter. They just make sure that you submitted something and paid the fee. It is hard to not get a filing receipt for a provisional patent application.
To get a non-provisional patent application granted takes...Read more »
Your question did not clearly state what man or what patents. But as a general matter, it is not unusual for leading scientists working for the United States to be named as inventors on patents. That is required under our Constitution. However, being named as an inventor is not the same as...Read more »
The process to discern patent term has a number of pieces to it. However, here it is easy as the PCT application was filed October 4, 1996 and the twenty year term ended October 4, 2016. There is no indication of Patent Term Adjustment to add days to the end of the patent.
I am in the process of establishing a partnership with another company. A new company was to be formed in which the two services (software) would be combined to create one company/service. The other party signed an NDA, I then sent a proposal suggesting the merger or creation of a new company. I... Read more »
If this project is so important to you that you consider it your life's work, then you should be working closely with a business attorney with the right skills to write non-disclosure/non-use agreements that are tailored to this situation and facilitate your ability to sue for significant...Read more »
I am glad that you are taking care with this choice. Picking a patent attorney is different than some other limited tasks like buying a house. You need someone with the right legal skills and the right technical knowledge. You also need someone that you can work with as an external team member...Read more »
The initials AR are used for many dozens of things from acid reflux to amateur radio. If you mean automated rifle- then yes you can seek patents on the workings of a weapon. You would need to have an idea that would not be obvious to one skilled in the art of designing automated rifles. You...Read more »
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