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0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Elder Law, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Probate for Iowa on
Q: Am I entitled to back rent and damages incurred (still alive) from a recently deceased tenat? Can I keep there stuff.

My tenant has been suffering from memory issues. Children have been contacted by myself on several occasions. We were the process of having to make the decision to either move her with money from out own pocket or evict her due to behavior and none payment. Now the children are harnessing me and I... Read more »

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Q: I need to know if this is breaching a Patent.

For school, I am planning a a Solar Array for the roof a vehicle such as a Pickup Truck or Van. My idea is similar to an existing patent, Patent Publication Number 20180175785, however my idea is smaller in size, by more than half, and designed for a different purpose, renewable energy generation... Read more »

Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
answered on Sep 2, 2021

The issue is how different is your invention from other products claimed in patents and patent applications, or disclosed in the literature. You should consult a patent attorney to assist you with a patentability evaluation of your product.

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Iowa on
Q: I want to design a motor powered by only magnet movement. How could one go about making a patent for my specific design?

I am not highly trained in this region but I think I can make it work. I made my own design for a motor creating electricity by means of magnets moving other magnets. I want to find out how I could claim my design so it can't be replicated.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Dec 6, 2019

I am not sure that I understand your idea. Most electric motors operate through the interaction between the motor's magnetic field and electric current in a wire winding to generate force in the form of rotation of a shaft.

Nonetheless, once you finish your invention, hire a patent...
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Q: I need parts for a shower faucet. It has no markings indicating the brand but it does have a patent number 3519018.

How do I find out who made it?

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Apr 6, 2019

As a person who does his own plumbing, the lack of part numbers drives me nuts too. And parts from one manufacturer are not compatible with those of other manufacturers. I feel your pain.

Your question is a tough one. The good news is that the patent was issued in 1970, so your shower...
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