Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Florida Patents (Intellectual Property) Questions & Answers
4 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: I have a display patent from 1993 I'd like to know if there's some way I can update it ?
Stephen E. Zweig
Stephen E. Zweig answered on Aug 25, 2021

Sadly no. Patents typically have a maximum lifetime of about 20 years from the filing date. Although this can be adjusted a bit for delays at the USPTO, usually, the adjustments are only for a few months or years.

A 1993 patent era patent is likely long expired, is probably public...
Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: How do i find out if something is already patent?
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jul 31, 2021

To get a final answer, you will need to work with a patent attorney that will commission a search. But you can take some initial steps on your own. You can use the free search tools and some tips on DIY searches listed in my slide set https://bit.ly/Patent__Searching .

You can also look...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: D845064- is this just a lid patent? I see many cups with this same design.
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jun 15, 2021

Great question.

I looked at the patent. I agree, there is very little that strikes my eye as novel. Keep in mind that this is a design patent not the much more powerful but hard to get utility patent. This design patent does not preclude people from having a threaded top with a place for...
Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: What is actually patented on D906,015 Looks like a basic towel with small eyelet holes?

Looks like a basic towel to me

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jun 1, 2021

The leading digit D tells you that it is not a utility patent (on the features) but a design patent on the appearance. This keeps people from selling things that look just like a product and thus fooling consumers into buying a knockoff. So they have not patented all combinations of towels with... Read more »

View More Answers

Q: If there was a youtuber whom read poetry from other poets and got paid for it, could he/she be sued?

They aren't passing off the content (poems) as their own. They are just reading it in a ASMR fashion to make money.

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on May 4, 2021

What is copyright infringement? As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner. Since you use the poem in a way that you are making... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: If I know the patent number, how do I find out who licensed a patent, for how much, and when?
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Apr 25, 2021

Sorry, but you can't. Licensing terms, such as financials, are typically highly confidential.

The best that you can do is to find out whether the patent has been assigned to someone. Such assignments are typically recorded at the Patent Office.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: Patent disclosure filed at Sperry Defense (SDE 86), infringed then ID'ed in TRAK product later. What is recourse?

1. SDE #86: Enhanced Tc of Alumina Substrate Utilizing Beryllia Embedding.

2. ~1983

3. Identified in Trak Lobby display, ~2001

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Apr 25, 2021

There is no recourse. Sorry, but this is ancient history, and any rights that you might have had have long lapsed.

2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Social Security for Florida on
Q: I’m 20 years old and I’m dad refuses to give me my ssn.

He told me he was it and the only way I would be able to get it is by changing my address on my driver’s license.

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Mar 8, 2021

This is not a patent law question (inventions). I hope that someone familiar with social security issues can be of help.

Kevin E Flynn

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: My father in law is going to be admitted to a state run retirement home by adult protective services of tx. No will

His wife passed away before Christmas and has dementia. He lives in Texas and we live in Florida. He has no will. My husband is the only child of his. They said when he is released from the hospital that he will be sent to the state run nursing home. Then at that time his home will be locked... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Feb 23, 2021

You need an answer from someone that knows. Your question was posted to patents (inventions). You need to seek someone in Texas with knowledge of elder law and related topics.

Good luck.

Kevin E Flynn

Q: Can I file for a patent to improve a product on the market?
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Feb 6, 2021

Yes you can. However, depending on whether your improved product falls within the original patent you may need a license to the original patent to sell a product. If your improvement is a kit to upgrade the original product then you may be ok. Lots of details and nuances. Best bet is to talk... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: What ways are there to have custom container holdings a persons feet that can be inserted in between 2layers of silicone

I want to be able to have a pocket for each foot to fit into (like a shoe) made of a silicone material that can fit in between 2 layers of silicone that looks and works like a Mermaid tail. Such as a mono fin or Flippers that are connected and require a swimmer to use both feet at once, unlike... Read more »

Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Jan 9, 2021

I suppose you are asking whether you can get a patent for your product or conversely, whether your product could potentially infringe another patented product. A patent attorney can do a patentability search on your product and review patented products to provide you with an opinion on both these... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Products Liability and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: How much does it cost to review a product we are producing for a client's promotional gift to avoid patent violation?
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Nov 13, 2020

The costs vary but it can be expensive. This is called a freedom-to-operate or clearance opinion.

See == https://www.flynniplaw.com/services/legal-services/freedom-to-operate/opinions

The first step is that a freedom-to-operate search needs to be done for issued patents that have...
Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for Florida on
Q: I have a disclaimer. Can I stop some else from using the words on their website, logo/trademark outside the USA?

My trademark has all generic words I have a disclaimer for all the generic words on my trademark. however I have noticed a website using my trademark words on their website and company name as well as their domain have a couple words from my trademark. Can I stop them from using those generic words... Read more »

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Oct 26, 2020

It depends on how the words are being used. Usually the disclaimer means that you do not have rights to that word outside of its use as part of your mark. Therefore, their use of the words depends on the similarity in the marks as a whole. With regard to stopping them, you may be able to send a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: When there are 2 entities under Assignee, for example "X, Y" Can X use the patent independently from Y or needs agrment
Stephen Kontos
Stephen Kontos answered on Sep 18, 2020

It depends on the agreement between the entities. Unfortunately, there's no way to know what each entity is permitted to do based on the text printed on the first page of the patent. For example, if the patent was sold, the Assignees listed on the front page would not be updated to reflect the... Read more »

Q: I have an organizing system that would complement box legend clothes organizer. I would like to sell the idea.

I would like to sell the idea to the patent owner of box legend clothes organizer.

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 7, 2020

Congratulations on having a good idea. You may be able to make and sell this as an aftermarket enhancement for installed systems. That is one route and a route that does not require buy-in from the BoxLegend folks. You may wish to obtain a patent so that others do not make a similar product.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: Who is the best lawyer to use to file a patent for CLASSIFIED electromagnetic asteriod propolsion system?

electromagnetic asteroid propulsion system

Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Aug 16, 2020

You want a lawyer with a Ph.D. in the scientific field and has experience working with NASA or other government agencies. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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

3 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: Hi. I have found a guy who has a provisional patent on a device I was looking to manufacture.

He is 80 years old and never done anything with the provisional patent.

If he agrees, is it possible for me to pay him to assign a provisional patent over to me so I can run with it... or can that only be done on a fully issued patent?

Thanks

Bernard Samuel Klosowski
Bernard Samuel Klosowski answered on Aug 5, 2020

A U.S. provisional patent application (PPA) never itself becomes a patent so the name is a bit of a misnomer. A utility patent application (UPA) can claim benefit of a PPA if the UPA is filed by the first year anniversary of the PPA.

In any case, a PPA can be assigned (bought) from the...
Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: Can two patent applications have identical titles? If so can you find an example?

An inventor filed for two patents with the same title at the Austrian patent office. But when he obtained two U.S. patents with those Austrian patents as priority, his U.S. patents had TWO DIFFERENT titles. If the U.S. patent office didn't care, why didn't his two U.S. patents have the... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Jul 4, 2020

Yes. Absolutely. In the US, anyway.

The rules in the US about titles of patent applications is fairly liberal. A title must be "short and specific", meaning fewer than 500 characters, but I've found that the Patent Office does not really care. At most, they delete leading...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: Can two patent application have exactly the same title? If so, can you give one example?
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jul 4, 2020

There is no rule prohibiting two patents from issuing with the same title. What is unique about a patent is the patent number and the patent claims.

I do not have an example in my issued patents as I go out of my way to avoid using the same title as I find it confusing to have more than...
Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: If my two patent applications can’t have the same title, but the priority country allows it, how is that handled here?
William Scott Goldman
William Scott Goldman answered on Jun 29, 2020

While trademarks and copyrights are my specialties, I work with several excellent patent attorneys/agents, so feel free to call or email, and I'll set up an introduction...unless a patent attorney responds directly to your request on Justia, of course!

View More Answers

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.