It is not clear what you have already tried. Here are some tips that I provided in a seminar to entrepreneurs on patent searching. http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching Perhaps something here will help you get an initial set of relevant patents or published applications. Once you have a few, then you...Read more »
A patent is a fence around an orchard. The patent fence keeps others from stealing your apples from your tree. However, if your orchard is not well tended and is not generating any apples worth eating, then the fence is not very useful.
Further, if you chose to grow a bitter fruit that...Read more »
35 USC 101 Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title....Read more »
Some provisional patent applications are not likely to lead to an issued patent. Sometimes the provisional patent application does not have sufficient detail to support any useful claims. Sometimes the provisional patent application covers a new item but the differences between the new item and...Read more »
We are planning to start e commerce business and finalized a product after browsing lots is products on global sourcing. But when we searched same product on amazon it says a patent has been filed on the product - US Utility Patent No. US 9585455 B2. US Design Patent No. USD 821033. Can we... Read more »
Those are granted patent numbers. If you make, use, sell, or offer to sell a product in the United States that is covered by these patents, then you will be infringing. As you know of the patents, they may seek to enhance the damages up to 3x for willful infringement.
My friend and I have come up with an idea that we want to market. It is extremely unique. We have been researching for a few days now to make sure there is nothing like it on the market. We were trying to figure out if we need a patent to manufacture the product to sell or if we need a copyright.... Read more »
It is not clear what your invention is so my answer is going to be somewhat general.
You asked "can we file the paperwork with the U.S. ourselves"? The answer is yes you can. The USPTO allows inventors for file patent applications without the assistance of patent attorneys....Read more »
Patents are often a mix of independent claims (that start from scratch) and dependent claims (that add something to an independent claim or to a chain of an independent claim and one or more dependent claims).
Often what is added in a dependent claim seems trivial. Here is an example to...Read more »
The general rule is that developing a prototype is not immune from patent infringement. I have seen a suit against a university for doing qualification tests of a new device that arguably infringed a patented method.
As a practical matter, it is unlikely that a patent owner will know or...Read more »
Approx. twenty years ago my father, xxx, invented the multi-bevel needle for Becton-Dickinson. He worked there for 37 years & has since retired. They named him the "Founding Father of the Five-Bevel Needle". All he received for this was a satin jacket with this embroidered on it.... Read more »
Congratulations to your father for making a real contribution to an important medical device.
As a general rule, when you are paid to invent, then company expects that the fruits of your work belong to the company. Normally, you sign agreements or consent to company policies as a part of...Read more »
Patent Pending means that the person has asked for a patent and the application has not yet been granted or denied. If someone puts patent pending on a box, that might have been accurate when they put it on the box but may not be accurate now.
To sort out what things are patented on beach...Read more »
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 »
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