Washington, DC asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for District of Columbia

Q: My wifes dad is Vincent Dotolo is she entitled to these patents?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: I presume that your FIL passed away, and you are asking if your wife, the next of kin, gets to inherit his patents.

Generally, patents are legally considered personal property, and thus the heirs can inherit patents just like a car, or an art collection.

Unfortunately, in your wife's case, all 9 patents are too old, and have expired many years ago. There is nothing for your wife to inherit. Sorry.

(By the way, his name sounded familiar, so checked my hard drive, and I happened to run across one of his patents 3 years ago. It is a small world.)

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