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Q: Did I give up my rights to intellectual property after I came up with a clever business name for a friend years back?

Nothing was ever signed between us. She thanked me for being “so clever” and gaveme a t-shirt with the biz name. She has earned a LOT of income and all I want to know is if I have rights to the name when she sells the business. It is in a lucrative area and the name is a big piece of the value.

Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Mar 4, 2019

Very likely you did not retain any rights.

In part because of the time passed, also the fact he is using it.

You need to work an idea to develop any rights. Ideas themselves do not create property rights. It is their implementation.

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Q: Canadian Company sold a machine in US without filing any patent Is their work in public Domain any one can copy?

No international patents have been filed & 12 months US Grace period has passed.

No confidential agreement has been signed between the selling and buying parties.

With my understanding with international patents you must file before you sell and no Grace Period.

Is that machine... Read more »

Bruce E Burdick answered on Dec 23, 2010

Probably, however patent applications are not published for 18 months after filing, so do not rely on someone else's word on no filing having been made. I am reading between the lines to think there is a Canadian patent application or patent on this machine, but none elsewhere and you are wanting... Read more »

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