Q: I'm looking into starting up a mobile home roofing business and was wondering if there were any patents on permaroofs?
Specifically any patents on permaroofs under the last name Black or Southern Builders out of El Dorado, Arkansas. Also there is Southern Builders out of Lebanon, Tennessee.
There is a place to register patent assignments at the USPTO just like you register title to a piece of property. Not everyone does this but most people do and there are incentives to register assignments for certain types of patents. You can look for the the assignee names here -- https://assignment.uspto.gov/patent/index.html#/patent/search
To look more broadly for roofing patents, you can use some tips in my search tools slide set. http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching
After doing some preliminary searching, you may want to have a patent attorney double check the results. Now a new patent application filed within the last 18 months may not show up (and there are other blind spots in the process) so doing a search will not 100% guarantee that there is not a problem lurking out there but it is the smart thing to do before investing time and money into this project.
I hope that this helps.
Kevin E Flynn
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