I would start by finding out who owns the patent. Most patents are assigned from the inventors to a company. Sometimes a patent is then assigned several times after that. The issued patent lists the assignee (owner) as of the date that the patent issues but does not get updated.
Assuming all maintenance fees are paid and there is not a terminal disclaimer linking the end date to another patent, then the termination date is 20 years after the first non-provisional application in the family plus any bonus days extending the term through Patent Term Adjustment (PTA)....Read more »
Obtaining a patent starts will considering the likelihood the idea can obtain a patent and submitting a patent application, if the chances of gaining a patent are considered worth the investment. A patent attorney can help with these steps. Patent attorneys can be found on Justia. Many patent...Read more »
How to do it: you need to hire a patent attorney. The patent attorney will need to know about your business model, your product's PLC, your geographical scope of operations, and something about your product that you want to get a patent on.
No. There are many cases where a contract between the patent owner and the licensee stipulated that the licensee will pay royalties even after the patent expires or is found invalid. In such cases, courts have always ruled that such stipulations are not enforceable, under the theory that such...Read more »
I think that it depends on what your contract states. It appears that there is a volume discount at play.
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