Valparaiso, IN asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Indiana

Q: my dad had 3 patents how do i find out if had sold these patents or does the aier' left behind are entitled to any money

My dad had three patents 2 of them have 2 partners and 1 with his name only I need direction on how to find out if the Aires left behind are entitled to the profits from them and how do I find out if he sold them or not for i know if he did sell them no need to search them any further. My dad died in 2005 so if he did not sell them then i will also be needing an attorney to purse the rightful earnings that are do

Thank you for your time

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Chapel Hill, NC

A: Ms. Carder,

First, being a named inventor on three issued patents is something to be proud of. I am sure that this is one of many reasons that you are proud of your dad.

If things were done correctly, then the assignment from your dad to his employer or some other entity that bought the rights to the patent should be recorded at the USPTO Patent Assignment Database. You can enter your dad's legal name as assignor (the party giving away rights).

I hope this helps,

Kevin E Flynn

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