Patent term is more confusing than it should be. The one part that is simple, is that patent term is not a function of the technology. There is not a way for the applicant to apply to extend the patent term (unlike trademarks or copyrights). (but as noted below, there are things that can shorten...Read more »
How much should I plan on spending to learn if this idea is, in fact, unique? Whom should I contact? Patent attorneys? How much money should I anticipate spending to create a patent as to protect my idea before I present it to major manufacturers?
A patent attorney can do a patentability search to determine if your fotware is novel and non-obvious. If the search shows that your footware design is novel, the patent attorney should prepare and file a patent application for your invention. Once the application is filed, you may talk to...Read more »
Hello, my father passed away last year in October and it is now February. I have called and called the agency (People Ready) my dad worked for (he worked as a carpenter through a temp agency) and I have left voicemails and even spoke to someone who said they would call me back, but no one has... Read more »
You might retain an attorney to contact them. A quick letter would likely not cost much, and the estate may be able to reimburse that cost. See ORS 652.190 for who is supposed to get the check to ensure you are the correct person before demanding the check.
Daltile is owned by Mohawk, who owns several key flooring patents related to the way PVC tiles and planks click together. They have recently launched a new product which is a combination of an SPC (PVC) base with a porcelain layer on top. The tiles click together, then you can grout them. We have... Read more »
Hello, in order to make this determination you will need to obtain a freedom to operate analysis from an Intellectual Property attorney. In completing this analysis, an evaluation of the patent(s) about which you are concerned will be completed and compared to your product. If it is found that the...Read more »
Your father was listed as an inventor on 3 patents: US 7,526,894; US 7,152,377; and US 6,398,995. Although he was listed as the inventor, he was not the owner. His employer, Chase Industries, is the owner of these patents.
I don't speak for Justia, so I don't know, but there is usually a lag time between the time a patent issues, and its appearance on non-USPTO websites, such as Justia or Google. If you need to be sure to be up to date, you really need to go to USPTO.gov .
One problem that you will encounter is whether the gardening technique is actually really new. Gardening has been about for millennia, practiced by billions of people, so it is likely that someone has thought about the same thing as you have....Read more »
No you don't. Having a docket number makes tracking the application much easier but for filing you do not need one.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.