I used to work for a firm that defended the original Bell telephone patent court (long long before I was born). So I am well aware that improvements to a particular device such as a telephone may continue to come out for a hundred years or so. It is possible that your patent claims one set of...Read more »
It is possible to go partway through the process with your proprietary information as a secret. However, if you let the patent application publish or you pay an issue fee to get a granted patent then your information becomes public knowledge. You have patent rights to protect the unauthorized use...Read more »
Step one is you need to work with a patent attorney to dive deeply into the patent and make a detailed comparison of the independent claims to your product. This is often called a claim chart and this work is called clearance or freedom-to-operate analysis.
A company wants me to sign an NDA before I submit a product idea to them (I'm a Product Developer). I'm not clear on what this means and it concerns me a bit: "Each party hereby expressly acknowledges and agrees that any failure to comply with the provisions of this AGREEMENT will cause irreparable... Read more »
I agree that you need to have the entire agreement looked at by an attorney that is familiar with NDA agreements. Sometimes there can be interplays between a definition on one page and a section on another page so providing advice on a snippet of the agreement can lead to trouble.
US Patent No. 7631814 for Portable Sports Equipment Scent Dispersion Apparatus is listed in Google Patents as expired for failure to pay a maintenance fee. If you are the patent owner and the failure to pay the maintenance fee was unintentional, this can be fixed.
My father Ian Ripley was the inventor and the origin of the technology used in this patent. He died in 2015 yet he is listed as the inventor in this patent which was filed in 2018, how is this so given the fact my father was not alive at time of filing? We have had issues with other patents this... Read more »
I am sorry that your father is no longer with you.
With respect to filing a patent, if the rights to the invention were passed on to a third party, then those rights can be used to file a patent even after an inventor's death. There are processes for handling this.
There is a place to register patent assignments at the USPTO just like you register title to a piece of property. Not everyone does this but most people do and there are incentives to register assignments for certain types of patents. You can look for the the assignee names here --...Read more »
Now I was told christmas and my birthday the patent along with the buisness is mine I'm ne ceo.... now theres patents for humanity my land lords surely cant steal my riches and my buisness... there're non proffit.... for one thing. And for 2 none of this was or is possible with out me its caused me... Read more »
Your question is actually beyond the pure practice of acquiring patents. This is licensing (a form of contracts) and you should hire competent counsel that has negotiated a number of patent licenses. I would be leery of putting up money as you don't know if they will earn it. You may want to...Read more »
First step is for you to look at my web site www.FLYNNipLAW.com or my LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinflynnpatentattorney/ to get some more information about me. Picking a patent attorney is a big step and you should make sure that you are picking someone that seems like a match....Read more »
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