I just want to make sure that if I go through with my idea, while it may take upwards of a year for the process to finish, that I can protect my idea somehow from being stolen by others and being patented by others.
I work for a research institute and there is an abandoned patent for a lifting conveyer. I'd like to use the concept on the patent as part of my overall project. Would I be able to use it in a research setting at a university? It's not the focus of my research but simplifies an a part of... Read more »
If the patent was abandoned more than two years ago, then the chances that the owner could revive it are pretty low, and it should be relatively safe to use. If the patent expired due to "old age," then it is also safe to use. The main risk is if the patent was recently abandoned (less...Read more »
You may start at the US Patent and Trademark Office website (USPTO. org) to get general information about patenting an invention. The next step would be to consult a Patent attorney who can guide you through the process and advise you based on the invention you wish to Patent. Sometimes it is...Read more »
First, make an invention. One that is novel and nonobvious. Then write some words and draw some pictures providing adequate written description and enablement. Then file at the USPTO office and wait until they send you something back. Then argue with them that the claims really are novel and...Read more »
A patent should not be issued if the patented claims read on a product that was on sale before the patent application was filed. It would be unusual but not impossible for a patent to issue from a patent application family that stretches back 10 years.
ear straps for a binky for babys attached to the side wholes of the binky. i would like to actually create something like this and see its already out but wanted ,ore information on it. i saw clips that you clip onto the binky but i was to have mine built in and mass produce. can you help me please?
You will need to contact a patent attorney to determine if your product would infringe on a patented product. Perhaps the patent you saw has already expired or no longer valid, but there may be other patented products that you may be at risk of infringing. It is important to determine the...Read more »
Payment s to my plan . My case was ruled against me and ended before the Appeal the Appellate Court decided the Vacate Remand Order. The Bankruptcy Judge who did so was removed from his cases before he made the decision.
Sadly no. Patents typically have a maximum lifetime of about 20 years from the filing date. Although this can be adjusted a bit for delays at the USPTO, usually, the adjustments are only for a few months or years.
A 1993 patent era patent is likely long expired, is probably public...Read more »
To get a final answer, you will need to work with a patent attorney that will commission a search. But you can take some initial steps on your own. You can use the free search tools and some tips on DIY searches listed in my slide set https://bit.ly/Patent__Searching .
I looked at the patent. I agree, there is very little that strikes my eye as novel. Keep in mind that this is a design patent not the much more powerful but hard to get utility patent. This design patent does not preclude people from having a threaded top with a place for...Read more »
The leading digit D tells you that it is not a utility patent (on the features) but a design patent on the appearance. This keeps people from selling things that look just like a product and thus fooling consumers into buying a knockoff. So they have not patented all combinations of towels with...Read more »
What is copyright infringement? As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner. Since you use the poem in a way that you are making...Read more »
His wife passed away before Christmas and has dementia. He lives in Texas and we live in Florida. He has no will. My husband is the only child of his. They said when he is released from the hospital that he will be sent to the state run nursing home. Then at that time his home will be locked... Read more »
Yes you can. However, depending on whether your improved product falls within the original patent you may need a license to the original patent to sell a product. If your improvement is a kit to upgrade the original product then you may be ok. Lots of details and nuances. Best bet is to talk...Read more »
I want to be able to have a pocket for each foot to fit into (like a shoe) made of a silicone material that can fit in between 2 layers of silicone that looks and works like a Mermaid tail. Such as a mono fin or Flippers that are connected and require a swimmer to use both feet at once, unlike... Read more »
I suppose you are asking whether you can get a patent for your product or conversely, whether your product could potentially infringe another patented product. A patent attorney can do a patentability search on your product and review patented products to provide you with an opinion on both these...Read more »
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