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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Would it be possible to patent a refrigerated tear drop style camper?

I would like to attempt a new business idea that would involve a utilizing a refrigerated tear drop camper style trailer and would like to know if there is any proprietary rights to this.

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

It would be best to hire a patent attorney to do a patentability search. But in the meantime you may want to check databases such as Google Patents and the USPTO web site by entering the terms that best describe your invention.

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1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Intellectual Property, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for California on
Q: Are name variations of already existing companies legal?

I had an idea for a company that similarly operates in the same way as AirBnB. But it relates to Dungeons & Dragons, called AirD&D. The basic premise of the company would be that people could post locations that can be rented out for single or ongoing campaigns or game sessions that are... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jul 30, 2021

Maybe, depends

You need to have a consultation with an attorney

In general if the marks are in related areas, there may be a conflict

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: This is our grandfather and we are getting zero royalties from any of his patents.

Please ask in person or on the phone.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jul 25, 2021

Consult with an attorney.

It will depend if your grandfather licensed or assigned his rights.

Also patents expire, so if it was long time ago, it is natural that the royalties stopped.

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Q: How long is a "patent pending" status good for and what happens after this period ?
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Jul 8, 2021

"Patent Pending " means that an application for a patent has been filed for the particular product, system or method with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The status "Patent Pending " ends with the final disposal of the application by the USPTO, which... Read more »

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Q: What document should I use for my blog?

It would be great to have a document for guest writers, regular contributors, and anyone that submits anything to my site (written or media) to allow me and my website to publish their name and work on the site. What kind of document do I need? A consent form, an agreement, or something with a... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jul 5, 2021

You need a contract where they license or give you the rights to their content.

Consult with an attorney.

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Q: USE OF CANNABINOIDS IN THE TREATMENT OF INFLAMMATORY SKIN DISEASES GW pharmaceuticals Can I apply for a patent

I’ve developed a few process to extract cannabinoids from the cannabis plant and after reviewing GW patents am I able to apply for any patent concerning cannabis?

Thank you

Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Jul 1, 2021

In general, processes for extracting cannabinoids are patentable. Having said that, you should hire a patent atto

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Q: I own a patent that was issued in June of 2011. I did not keep up with maintenance fees. What is my status now in 2021?
Bill Hulsey
Bill Hulsey answered on Jun 22, 2021

You can pay the maintenance fee, but there will be gap in protection.

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Why my patents or patent applications are not updated on time?
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jun 21, 2021

It is not clear what you are asking. Patents do not get updated. There is a maintenance fee that is paid three times during the life of the patent.

There is a process to correct errors in the issued patent but that usually results in a separate piece of paper called a Certificate of...
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Q: May I claim this patent since is appears to be out of date? My ex-husband is no longer interested in owning it.

Patent # 5133501 Adjustable Sprinkler Riser. I helped him develop it and created the prototype. He got the patent in his name. He is no longer interested in it . I would like to renew the patent in my own name, please.

Thank you.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Jun 13, 2021

Sorry, but that patent is long gone.

Your husband failed to pay the 3rd maintenance fee, so it expired in July 2004. Even if he would have paid it, it would be expired about 11 years ago.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Do you know where I can find the material for patent bar ?

Do you recommend any particular company to attend for preparation of patent bar ?

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 21, 2021

Firstly, you need to find out if you qualify to sit for the patent bar. Do you at least a BS from some hard-core science or engineering? You need to take a look through the USPTO website, which will guide you through the process.

But to answer your question, there are a number of courses...
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: I just passed the California bar exam. I work as a chemical/ petroleum engineer and looking for a part time job in

In intellectual property ( patent and trade mark ) . I am looking for a mentorship. please let me know if you know an attorney who is interested to offer me a job or internship or metorship.

Thank you in advance .

Naz.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 21, 2021

Congratulations on passing a state bar, Naz!

Although I can't offer you a job right now, here are a couple of points:

(1) You need to decide if you want to go into patent prosecution or patent litigation. Those are two separate practices. Although there are attorneys who...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Does Hartwall have a patent for the striped design of their cans?

Hartwall Long Drink designs

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 2, 2021

I do not know, but it is almost guaranteed that any company that supplies its products around the globe would have some sort of a protection on its products. Please do not copy it for your line of beverages without checking with your intellectual property attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Has Dr. foci conducted himself in an unethical manner by receiving patents on medical inventions?

Fuci...sorry for misspelling

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Apr 27, 2021

I have seen this sort of question floating around. It is based on a misperception on how patents work. Lots of people get named on a patent as an inventor as that is required by the US Constitution. But that does not mean that the person owns the patent or gets any profits from the patent.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Patent stolen and manufactured in china.

In the current company(Los Angeles, CA) I work at, my manager is cheating the company by manufacturing in china.

We have built couple of products and got the patent for them. We built a prototype using the same technology but in different package. I was part of the design team for the... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Mar 22, 2021

Many pieces of the puzzle are missing. Is the manager working with a different company? Who is selling it? Does your company know? There are many more facts needed to determine if something is wrong here. If you are serious about the inquiry it would probably be necessary to get a consultation from... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Do I use/buy a trademark,copyright,or a patent to claim a username/name
Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Mar 16, 2021

All your answers are in the excellent tutorial material at uspto.gov and copyright.gov.

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: My Publication number: 20210015749 is not shown publicly at Justia Patents. Do I need take additional steps?

I am the principal inventor for application. The other co-invertors can be viewed " Patents by Inventor NAME" few days after the publication (01/21/2021). However, I cannot see mine? Any idea, how I can activate mine? Thank you

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Mar 9, 2021

I don't speak for Justia, but many databases take a few months to get updated. This is normal.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for California on
Q: If I start a devotional blogger aimed at upholding Jedi conduct for better habits, do I need to ask Disney's permission?

This would be on the google Blogger server and would eventually carry a chain of willing authors as well as a great many Starwars links in support of the franchise.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 25, 2021

Don't guess how protective Disney will be about any of its copyrighted materials once you start doing a website using or referring to them. I would even search "Jedi" to see if it is copyrighted. You should have a consultation with an intellectual property attorney who can guide... Read more »

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Q: If I start a devotional blogger aimed at upholding Jedi conduct for better habits, do I need to ask Disney's permission?

This would be on the google Blogger server and would eventually carry a chain of willing authors as well as a great many Starwars links in support of the franchise.

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Jan 25, 2021

The question raises copyright and trademark questions. In all likelihood Disney would not care if you supported the franchise. The facts do not indicate how you would make references to Disney properties or possibly use them. There may be ways to do it right. There are very many ways to do it... Read more »

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Q: Connector assembly for portable hanger Patent number: 9066616 In regards to this patent how do I get a license to sell
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Dec 27, 2020

You will need to contact the assignee, Luxe Link, LLC, and see if they are interested in licensing to you. I suggest that you contact an intellectual property attorney, who can help you with a licensing agreement.

Best,

Liliana Di Nola-Baron, J.D., Ph.D.

Attorney at Law...
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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Can I find out which attorney did this patent?
Bernard Samuel Klosowski
Bernard Samuel Klosowski answered on Dec 8, 2020

Your question doesn't mention a patent number, but U.S. patents typically show "Attorney, Agent, or Firm" on the front page of each patent. Depending on how the attorney or firm fills out the issue fee paperwork, a U.S. patent might list only the firm name, or only the attorney, or... Read more »

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