Q: Patent lawyer
I’d like to get consultation with a lawyer concerning patents. I’m thinking of producing Pickleball balls with further sales. I’m interested if I can do that legally. What is mentioned in the patent? Do I need a license for producing the balls? Etc.
In order to obtain a patent, you will need to show that your pickleball is not just different from the existing pickleballs but differs in a way that would be non-obvious to a non-creative expert in pickleball design.
In order to sell pickleballs, you need to be clear of all relevant non-expired patents on pickleballs or components used in the ball.
These questions are handled when you consult with a patent attorney that has the relevant skill set (and is not already working for someone making pickleballs or analogous balls).
The good news is that you can pick a patent attorney from your state or from anywhere as the USPTO registration that allows one to work on patents is not limited to a particular state.
I don't have a conflict working on pickleballs but you can also find good patent attorneys by talking with your business attorney or other trusted advisors that work with entrepreneurs.
I hope that this was helpful.
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