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Q: Can you file a patent of a structure built from Bamboo?

A teepee for example

Stephen E. Zweig
Stephen E. Zweig
answered on Nov 3, 2022

It depends on the structure. The USPTO will not give you much if any credit for teaching Bamboo. They also won't give you much if any credit for teaching a known structure such as a teepee. However if you come up with a non-obvious and original structure, or some non-obvious way of altering or... Read more »

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Q: How would copyright or patent for musical equipment work internationally?

Let us say that Country XYZ has no such thing as copyright infringement and they make musical gear

with preexisting recordings from other companies, and it is perfectly legal in that country.

If a musician in the USA, where it would not be legal to use preexisting recordings from... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Oct 23, 2022

What you propose sounds a lot like copyright infringement. I don't understand your terminology--like what do you mean by "gear". An instrument, to me, is a horn, a guitar, a piano, etc., not something that reproduces pre-recorded data.

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Q: What would be the cost to have a lawyer file an “Ex parte reexamination” on a patent on our behalf?

We have found a US utility patent that should be invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 102 (b), because the exact product on there was being publicly sold and marketed online for more than one year before the patent filing date. We have collected extensive evidence and are looking for a IP lawyer to writeup... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Sep 12, 2022

Some challenges post-grant have limits on the type of challenge. An ex parte reexamination under 35 USC 302 is limited to challenges based on prior patents and printed publications. Other forms of challenge address an on-sale bar. Often if a product is on sale, there are user manuals, white... Read more »

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Q: WHAT IF I SOMEONE HAS STOLEN MY SCHOOL PROJECTS FROM "96-09" AND HAS FILED AND OBTAINED PATENTS ACCORDINGLY?

ITS PRETTY DEEP. FROM BLUETOOTH TECH, AUDIO CONVERSIONS, AND BLOCKHAIN IN RELATIONSHIP TO DNA.

James L. Arrasmith
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James L. Arrasmith PRO label
answered on Sep 8, 2022

You still have copyright protection. You may not have patent protection depending on more factual circumstances of your case.

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Q: Has the lid protector for paint cans been patented as described in the write to the ledt?
James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 8, 2022

You can usually find a list of patents on the U.S. patent and trademark office website.

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Q: I would like to patent a product idea and need help moving forward with that. Is the product patentable etc.

Is the product patentable, how do I move forward if it is and what the cost is.

I have no problem paying a lawyer to do so if the product is patentable and

will pay a fee to know if it is patentable.

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Aug 18, 2022

It is near impossible to "know" that something is patentable as the world is a big place and any reasonable prior art search is not going to check every obscure article in every language. (Prior art includes anything written since the beginning of recorded history in all languages that... Read more »

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Q: How do I get my name attached to an existing patent?

I see a patent was granted to members of my team and I was not included as I left the company before the application was filed. I have documentation (lots) to back up my argument to be included on this patent.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Jul 31, 2022

This is a very common problem. I presume that you want to have your name on the patent as one of the co-inventors so that you can put it on your resume/CV, and not get an ownership stake in the patent.

If you really have a good argument to be listed as a co-inventor, reach out to the...
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Q: If a patent assignee is the company what rights do the inventors have?

If one of the inventors passed away before the patent was complete would his/her spouse get the benifits for the patent. Also how could I find out if an agreement was signed between the inventors and the company?

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Jun 20, 2022

If the inventor/employee assigned rights (or was under an obligation to do so), then the rights will be in the employer/company. This is the normal way of the world. I paid a builder to build my house. The builder built the house but as I paid him to do so, I own the house even though I did not... Read more »

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Q: If a company is using a patent I am named as an inventor, can I receive compensation for its use?

A large company is using my patent in their highly successful product without any request for my approval or agreement to compensate myself or the other inventors. Would it be possible to ask for retro active payments for the previous life of said product, or sue them for patent infringement?

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on May 23, 2022

Were you employed by this large company when you made the invention? Did you sign paperwork to assign the rights to the invention over to the large company or to some other company which may have passed rights or licensed the large company?

Inventorship and ownership are different things....
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for California on
Q: Do I need a patent if i'm building an app in a new space that doesnt't exist yet?

I'm building an app in an industry that hasnt changed in ages and I want to know if i might need an IP attorney to help file a patent? I realize that i'm being extremely broad but i'm trying to figure where to start. I researched some companies who filed patents like AirBnB,... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Apr 25, 2022

If you are devoting a substantial amount of time or money into this project, then it is a good use of your time to talk with a patent attorney that files patent applications for apps. There are special obstacles in seeking patents in that space so you need some frank advice from someone that has... Read more »

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Q: To whom do I submit an Application for a Patent for a Blanket product i.e., what is the web site address?

the blanket starts out as a pillow and unfolds into a blanket and then folds back again into a pillow

Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
answered on Mar 19, 2022

If you are seeking to obtain a patent in the United States, you should submit your patent application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO. GOV). Please make sure that the application complies with all requirements. If you are unsure, you should contact a patent attorney who... Read more »

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Q: See if we can contest will Decesided mother wrote will before 2005, saying we took loan from her. We paid but she never

Updated. After such a long time we can't prove. Trustee said she found we paid on it. But wouldn't show us. She deducted amount from inheritance. Can we get the money?

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Mar 4, 2022

This question was posted to Patent Attorneys that deal with inventions. I assume that you meant to post to attorneys that deal with parents. You should post again but seek input from attorneys that do "Estate Planning" as these folks handle wills and challenges to wills.

Good...
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Q: How do I stop the community, cable company, and the city from targeting me out with an active denial system?

I have been and am currently still being targeted out by the community, city, and more specifically my neighbors with an active denial system. It sits on the wires out back and I found the patent to it. I don’t trust the police. Was wondering what my options are?

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Feb 3, 2022

Unless you are seeking to obtain a patent on a similar system or invalidate the patent for the existing system, this is not a patent issue for a patent attorney.

I hope that you find what you need.

Kevin E Flynn

Q: Does this 9447159 patent cover all Fc heterodimeric cytokines with an antigen binding moiety (not just CEA-IL2)?

My question is whether this patent covers all heterodimeric immunoconjugates or immunocytokines as described in Claim 1. Specifically, cytokine could be any secreted growth factors that are not mentioned in the patent. Antigen binding moiety could mean any bivalent antibody although the patent... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Dec 15, 2021

You need to hire a patent attorney or expert in the field to do this analysis for you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Civil Rights and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: As conservator can I kick someone out of my parents house that abusing them?

The two are abusing my parents and drugies!

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Dec 3, 2021

And attorney would need to review your order appointing you conservator to see what it covers, but most likely yes, you can do that. Be sure to hire an eviction attorney to help you with that. The process and the rules are surprisingly complicated.

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: need to finalize or resubmit a patent application

patent was considered abandoned. previous attorney not responsive to questions.

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Nov 12, 2021

You should discuss with your patent attorney whether it makes sense to file a petition to revive an unintentionally abandoned patent application.

https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/sb0064.pdf

If the abandonment was indeed unintentional, then the fee to revive may...
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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: How much would it cost to have a 7 page invention assignment and employee services (2pg) agreement reviewed roughly?

I have my own small business doing engineering and research, but could use some additional funds so I am considering taking on a consulting project with a large company. I know the people I'd be working with as engineers, but the HR from this place is asking I take on being a W2 employee with... Read more »

Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
answered on Nov 11, 2021

Generally speaking ... about $20-$25 a page ... and obviously, it would be ideal to see the document first to firm up or edit the initial estimate... and it may be a good idea to schedule a video call for discussion.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: I registered a web name LLC name with state and all variations and LLC operating agreement partner didn't sign

He has done many illegal things and I want to keep name and he didn't put in the time nor sweat equity nor capital and while he didn't sign operating agreement it calls for name being returned to me not only that he has restraining orders trying to get permanent for threatening my life,... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Nov 5, 2021

I do not see any indication that this is a patent law question.

This seems to be a business dispute that will turn on the facts. This is not a good candidate for a web site Q&A. You will need to find an attorney that handles business disputes in the relevant state and lay out the...
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Q: I am not the inventor of this patent. Could you please help remove it from my patents or patent applications? Thank you!
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
answered on Oct 28, 2021

You are not mentioning what patent or patent application you are referring to. Please provide more details.

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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: If I file a provisional patent myself but dont do a good job, can it be correct later on filing nonprovisional patent?

Hi:

I want to patent an idea. If I file a provisional patent on my own and hire a patent attorney later to file a nonprovisional patent on the same idea, can he/she modify the provisional patent and correct/modify any flaws that I possibly make in the provisional patent?

Thank you... Read more »

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr
answered on Oct 26, 2021

The thing to keep in mind is that any application filing, provisional or otherwise, only holds a solid priority date for you if it provides adequate written description and enablement for your invention. So, while truly cosmetic things can be "corrected" without a problem, if new matter... Read more »

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