Pacifica, CA asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California

Q: How can I learn if a patent is earning royalties by the inventor?

Is this patent earning royalties? 20020198764

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

A: The number you cite is not a patent. It is a published version of an application. Not all patent applications become patents. According to Google Patents, this one did not.

Sometimes a license agreement will include different tiers of royalty payments with a higher tier once the patent application becomes an issued patent with claims that cover the product. The agreement may include a lower tier of royalty payments just for giving the company access to the idea before others had it.

That is less common.

Kevin E Flynn

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