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 »
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 .
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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!
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