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Q: Can J-1 visa apply gene signature for cancer prognostic in U.S. ?
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 24, 2020

The visa status is immaterial for patent applications. A person of any nationality or citizenship can apply for a patent.

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Q: So this guy was granted a patent for a 2 cylinder engine design. decided on a different design under the same patent?

I finally found the patent number he claims is for the current model which is a completely different configuration but using a modified version of the original patent. He claims that makes the current design patented also. I disagree! I think he got a crooked patent attorney to trick the system... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 19, 2020

I don't think that we are able to guess whether the patent covers the improved engine or not, based on the description alone. A couple of notes:

(1) It is very common that a company comes up with an invention, gets a patent for it, and keeps improving the product. The question...
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Q: Someone is claiming that they don't have to share patent number due to extension of submission period..

I'm trying to get the alleged inventor to share the patent number of the invention they claim has had a patent granted to it already.

Their story is they built a prototype of a different form, got it patented which was a few years ago, (can't dig up the patent number for that via... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 17, 2020

None of this makes sense. I think that your friend is pulling your leg.

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Q: Is there such a thing as the USPTO Hiding an Approved Patent number from the public for any reason? Is it even legal?

Someone is telling me they had the Patent office hide the Patent number for strategic reasons. And are only showing an approval for the application in lieu of the fact that the so called invention is possibly patentable. Makes no sense to me! Why would one hide a the patent number of an approved... Read more »

Bill Hulsey
Bill Hulsey answered on May 17, 2020

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_Secrecy_Act

Take a look at this article.

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Q: If a person falsely claims a product is patented when it is not, is this a crime?

The person in question is advertising and raising money by claiming his invention is Patented when it is not Patented.

Here is the info I have been able to ascertain thus far.. none of it is verifiable via patent search via USPTO for some reason...

Promoting a product as patented... Read more »

Bill Hulsey
Bill Hulsey answered on May 17, 2020

Stating something is patented when such is not true would be fraud

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Q: Hi! Where I can found good Lawyer for patent in Florida?
Bill Hulsey
Bill Hulsey answered on Apr 30, 2020

We are based in Austin, TX, but have quite a few FL clients. If you cannot find what you are looking for, give us a call.

All the best,

Bill Hulsey

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4 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: can you patent an AR idea?
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Apr 19, 2020

The initials AR are used for many dozens of things from acid reflux to amateur radio. If you mean automated rifle- then yes you can seek patents on the workings of a weapon. You would need to have an idea that would not be obvious to one skilled in the art of designing automated rifles. You... Read more »

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Q: Looking to know if I violated a patent

I want to start a distribution of a product I manufacture out of the states and need to know if I dont violated some patents I found online that belong to a similar company such as mine

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Feb 25, 2020

First Question is whether you will be doing anything in the United States.

If your clients are not taking delivery in the US and you are not making the product in the US, then you may not need to worry about a US patent.

On the other hand, looking for US patents is often a quick...
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Q: can i use a patented tool?

I have a brand and I want to put out a product called the universal socket. I just found out there's a patent on this product, but could I still use it? Do I have to pay in order to use the patent?

Steven Fairchild
Steven Fairchild answered on Jan 22, 2020

Short answer - it depends.

As a patent attorney, I would want to look at what actually is claimed in the patent vis-a-vis your product.

But if it's a case of clear infringement, it might be best to ask the patentee for a license.

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Q: I have a copyright on a particular drinking glass design, can I seek legal action if the design is manufactured and sold

I have other designs and I'm debating whether to seek copyright protection or a design patent.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Dec 18, 2019

Yes, you should be able to seek legal action. Go see an intellectual property litigation attorney.

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Q: Does Victor Staats still own these patents?
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Oct 23, 2019

I don't know which patents you are referring to, but my cursory search shows that there are about 5 patents that list Victor Staats as the inventor. 4 of these have expired due to their age, and 1 expired because a maintenance fee was not paid. There are no enforceable patents for Victor... Read more »

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Q: Renewal fees have been missed on a patent due to financial limitations of owner. How can the patent be reinstated?

Late period from renewal due date is less than six months.

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 19, 2019

I do not think that the lapsed patent can be reinstated in accordance with the rules as the failure to pay was not unintentional under USPTO guidelines.

Traditionally, not having the money to pay a fee was not considered a reason that something was unintentional. See

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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Business Formation and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: can you help me find the seed money to make my parent 7571681 presentable? I need a Angel investor? A Grant wrighter?

My only income is my SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CHECK I AM OPEN TO ALL POSSIBILITIES.

ERIC TRUMP EVEN ASKED ME TO SEND HIM A BUSINESS PLAN Based on my patent 7571681 four patent in one.

RR Tie replacement on the run

Recycling the old RR ties

Recycling the spikes... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 10, 2019

Raising money is a skill. Most patent attorneys do not have that skill. You may want to get some free advice and some introduction from this state agency...http://floridasbdc.org

I hope this helps

Kevin E Flynn

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Q: I manufacture a simple/basic toilet seat cover. Is it safe to manufacture without violating any patents.
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Jul 13, 2019

If you are making something that has been around 20+ years, then you very likely will not infringe any patents. After all, that is the idea behind patents: after a patent expires (currently 20 years from the filing date of the patent application), then anyone can use whatever is disclosed in the... Read more »

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Q: If a person doesn't have a will but has sole rights to a patent, does Florida probate assign the nearest kin the IP?

corporation with zero value but with license to use and shares owned by deceased also

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 12, 2019

The shares owned by the deceased, like any other property, go to the heirs as specified in the intestacy statutes.

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Q: How often is a patent paid so it doesn't lapse
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Apr 26, 2019

In the US, you need to pay for it 3 times after it issues: at 3.5 years, at 7.5 years, and 11.5 years.

For most patents outside of the US, the maintenance fees need to be paid on annual basis.

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Q: Can a provisional patent that was not followed up with a non-provisional patent be used to claim prior art?

I processed a provisional patent in 2003 and did not follow up with a non-provisional patent due to cost. I made several operational prototypes from 2000-2007 of this device. I did discuss concept with an associate of a company. I just recently found out that In 2008, this company was granted a... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Apr 25, 2019

No. A provisional patent application that is not followed up with a non-provisional patent application is not published and does not result in a patent, and thus cannot serve as prior art against another patent case.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem. In your case, you cannot get a...
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Q: My Grandfather is Warren Depperman, My name is Mario Depperman (Grandson). Does he own patients I could claim?
Sean Erin Serraguard
Sean Erin Serraguard answered on Apr 23, 2019

It sounds like you're asking for an intellectual property search for your grandfather. If you'd like to search this for yourself, you should search for his assignments in the databases at the USPTO (https://portal.uspto.gov/pair/PublicPair) and the Library of Congress... Read more »

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Q: Hello!We are planning to start producing a waterproof fitted sheet in China, and we will sell the sheets in USA.

Should we ask China factory if they have a patent for the waterproof technology on the fabric, that they offer for our waterproof sheets? Or not?

Please, advise!

Thank you! Regards!

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on Apr 9, 2019

That depends. Patent rights are country-specific, and therefore your question involves whether that company has a Chinese patent as well as a US patent. (Patent rights generally protect making using or selling the patented technology.) If the Chinese entity has any patent protection domestically or... Read more »

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Q: Is it possible to patent my robotics idea?
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Mar 23, 2019

Well, you can't patent an idea, but you can patent your invention in the field of robotics.

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