Assuming all maintenance fees are paid and there is not a terminal disclaimer linking the end date to another patent, then the termination date is 20 years after the first non-provisional application in the family plus any bonus days extending the term through Patent Term Adjustment (PTA)....Read more »
Yes you can. However, depending on whether your improved product falls within the original patent you may need a license to the original patent to sell a product. If your improvement is a kit to upgrade the original product then you may be ok. Lots of details and nuances. Best bet is to talk...Read more »
Agree that there is not a legal mandate to patent any invention (putting aside the requirements of government grant recipients to timely report inventions so that the government can elect to patent the invention if the grantee does not).
A patent is like a fence around an orchard. It...Read more »
There are all sorts of products that are similar or improve on an already existing idea. My idea is in that atmosphere, but the marketing concept for my would-be product is vastly different than the product that already exists. I've been brainstorming ways to create a different design that... Read more »
"The pillow cushion has a first major surface, a second major surface, and deformable wall members extending between the first major surface and the second major surface. The deformable wall members are located and configured to define voids therebetween such that the deformable wall members... Read more »
I see that what you quoted has more than one period. It looks like you are quoting the abstract. That is not what you need to look at. You need to have a patent attorney review the issued claims and see what they require.
A claim may have 25 nouns and 25 verbs but by law has only one...Read more »
Only a subset of patent attorneys work with plant patents. My suggestion would be as a first step is to look at some plant patents so that you understand what sort of information goes into a plant patent.
Next you need to search specifically for someone that handles plant patents as they...Read more »
A method for interpreting user submitted coupon images is described. A coupon image is received over a network from a user. The coupon image is associated with a coupon. A server system processes the received coupon image to identify one or more coupon matching characteristics. The one or more... Read more »
The approval date for a drug named BIKTARVY is 02/07/2018 and the date of the first-expiring patent is 11/04/2020. Meaning the amount of time between the approval date of the drug and the date of the first-expiring patent is 2 years, 8 months and 29 days. Why would it be too short and not a length... Read more »
Old rules were that patents had a term of 17 years from when they issued. New rules are that apply to patent applications filed after June 8, 1995 are 20 years from the first non-provisional patent application....Read more »
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