My ex husband designed a car motor while we were married. He passed away in February and he was in dealings with a car company to sell his design. When he passed his roommates didn’t allow me or his mom to get his things. So I don’t have anything to prove it was his design unless I can find the... Read more »
I am sorry that someone you once loved intensely has died.
One place to look for an indication that your ex-husband assigned rights in an invention over to another entity is the assignment database -- https://assignment.uspto.gov/patent/index.html#/patent/search
Patents by Inventor xx. xx has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
For school, I am planning a a Solar Array for the roof a vehicle such as a Pickup Truck or Van. My idea is similar to an existing patent, Patent Publication Number 20180175785, however my idea is smaller in size, by more than half, and designed for a different purpose, renewable energy generation... Read more »
I am not sure what you mean by update. If you mean "renew", then the answer is no. You can renew other types of intellectual property, but patents have a limited life. (they can end even earlier if you fail to pay a maintenance fee).
If by "names on the patent", you mean that there are two inventors -- then no.
The patent rights belong to the inventors unless the inventors assign their rights to someone else. Most patents have inventors that are employees that assign their rights to their employers. But...Read more »
My gmaw passed away an I was post to get one fifth of the inheritance. I was in prison. Now they say that it all got stolen an there is nothing I can do. I no my mom got my gmaw van n lost it n my sis got a few things I never received anything. They haven't ss# n all my info I think they might... Read more »
I am so sorry that this happened to you. Your question went out to attorneys that file patents for inventions. There is not a category for paRents which is what you may have been trying to hit. You may want to add Family Law to the category set.
First, I would not share any additional details in a public forum.
Second, you are going to want to chose a patent attorney with the relevant technical background. I am not sure whether that is physics or material sciences. There are many patent attorneys with Ph.D. level of education in...Read more »
To get a final answer, you will need to work with a patent attorney that will commission a search. But you can take some initial steps on your own. You can use the free search tools and some tips on DIY searches listed in my slide set https://bit.ly/Patent__Searching .
My business partner personally holds a patent for a safety product. We are forming an LLC to manufacture and sell the product. Is it necessary (or preferred) for him to assign ownership of the patent to the LLC? Can the LLC license the patent (to other manufacturers) without owning it? Is he... Read more »
I won't give you final answers as this question gets beyond my national patent registration and touches on items related to Texas law. I am licensed in North Carolina and do not hold a state license in Texas.
I will give you some things to discuss with your attorney.
Patent rights start with the inventors. The rights can be moved in their entirety through a type of contract known as an assignment. Many inventors are paid to invent by their employers and assign their inventions over to their employer. Rights can also be given to use the invention through a...Read more »
To augment the useful answer already provided by Ms. Di Nola-Baron, let me add that the period that an application is pending varies greatly. If you expedite the process, it is possible to get a patent granted and issued within a year. The US government thinks that if the process takes more than...Read more »
My mother sews and saw a product a few years back that was neat - She thought it would work better with a different design and material - however it serves the same purpose - the other company that has a patent-pending on it contacted us today and I was curious where we can find the exact info on... Read more »
The rights provided in an issued patent are very specific. The rights are to preclude others from doing what is in one of the claims. To infringe a claim, one needs to do everything in the claim (or a legal equivalent to what is in the claim).
I looked at the patent. I agree, there is very little that strikes my eye as novel. Keep in mind that this is a design patent not the much more powerful but hard to get utility patent. This design patent does not preclude people from having a threaded top with a place for...Read more »
Mr. Mlynek's answer was perfect. Let me drive home one point. A patent is a right to exclude within the country that issued the patent. So a US patent would cover things made, sold, or used in the US. That would include something made Albania and imported into the US or something made in...Read more »
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