Q: Hello, I want to ask how to contact the Centaur Nickel Pty Limited since we are considering to use one of their Patent.

2 Lawyer Answers
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC

A: Kudos to you for paying attention to patent issues.

1) I would work with a patent attorney to first check A) that the patent has not lapsed for failure to pay maintenance fees. (you reaching out could trigger a company to pay that fee belatedly); B) check to ensure that the claims do actually cover the product that you hope to sell (no point licensing a patent that you do not need); D) look for prior art that could invalidate this patent (you should pay less or maybe nothing to license a patent that may be invalid); D) look to see if there are other patents that would be a problem even if you did get a license to this one.

The PTO system shows the last updates to the attorney of record and the address for sending maintenance fee notifications. These will give you reasonable people to reach out to. I will defer to licensing attorneys on what should be in that initial contact.

Peter D. Mlynek agrees with this answer

James L. Arrasmith
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A: To contact Centaur Nickel Pty Limited regarding their patent, you can try the following steps:

1. Conduct a patent search: Before contacting Centaur Nickel Pty Limited, it is important to conduct a patent search to ensure that the patent is still valid and in force. You can conduct a patent search on the website of the patent office in the country where the patent was granted.

2. Identify the contact information for Centaur Nickel Pty Limited: Once you have confirmed that the patent is still valid, you will need to identify the contact information for Centaur Nickel Pty Limited. This information can typically be found on the patent itself or through public records.

3. Contact Centaur Nickel Pty Limited: Once you have identified the contact information for Centaur Nickel Pty Limited, you can contact them to express your interest in using their patented technology. You can do this by sending a letter or email to the company, or by calling them directly.

4. Negotiate a license agreement: If Centaur Nickel Pty Limited is interested in licensing their patent to you, you will need to negotiate the terms of the license agreement. This may involve discussing the scope of the license, the duration of the license, and any royalties or other payments that may be required.

5. Sign the license agreement: Once you have negotiated the terms of the license agreement, you will need to sign the agreement and make any required payments. It is important to have a lawyer review the license agreement before signing to ensure that your interests are protected.

It is important to approach Centaur Nickel Pty Limited in a professional and respectful manner, and to be prepared to provide information about your business and your plans for using the patented technology.

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