Los Angeles, CA asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property)

Q: Hi my brother was the inventor of some equipment used to facilitate the wafer manufacturing of microcips is the fam.

Is the family.entitled to his royaltys

2 Lawyer Answers
David Aldrich
David Aldrich

A: A lot more information is required to answer this question, including the status of any patents, whether your brother was an employee and the nature of that engagement, and whether there was a will. You should consult a patent attorney about the details of your case.

James L. Arrasmith
James L. Arrasmith pro label Lawyers, want to be a Justia Connect Pro too? Learn more ›

A: If your brother was the inventor and he held a patent for the equipment, then the royalties would be paid to the patent owner, which would typically be your brother or his estate if he has passed away. If your brother assigned or licensed the patent to a company, the royalties would be paid according to the terms of that agreement. It is important to review any relevant contracts or agreements to determine who is entitled to the royalties. If there is uncertainty or a dispute, it may be necessary to consult with an attorney who specializes in patent law.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.