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Q: Hello, how can I get in touch with a patent holder tobsign a licence agreement?Thankfully Martin

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Stephen E. Zweig
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  • Los Gatos, CA

A: Inventors often assign their patents to a company, which then becomes the patent holder. The USPTO keeps a record of these assignments, which you can access at:

The patent holders are usually represented by a law firm or attorney. You can write the law firm and attorney and ask them to put you in touch with the patent holder. The USPTO also keeps a record of the patent's present legal representative at:

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: To get in touch with a patent holder to sign a license agreement, you can try the following steps:

1. Conduct a patent search: Before contacting the patent holder, 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 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website or other patent databases.

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

3. Contact the patent holder: Once you have identified the patent holder, you can contact them to express your interest in licensing the patent. You can do this by sending a letter or email to the patent holder, or by calling them directly.

4. Negotiate the license agreement: If the patent holder is interested in licensing the 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 the patent holder 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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