I have an idea that I'm working on that will have to be patented, but i am reluctant about asking people with the knowledge to build the idea for assistance as they may steal it and create it themselves. Is there a type of disclosure document that I can use to protect my idea?
There is only one source of a patented filament for 3d printing. I have come up with a simple way to print the filament, creating a potentially profitable product. It is a novel idea for printing the filament, but a common way of producing similar products.
You will most certainly need a license from the person who holds the patent, or the licensee who has the ability to grant sub-licenses to the patent in question. If you are planning to make, use, sell, or offer for sale a patented invention you need permission to do so from the patentee....Read more »
First you should consult with a patent attorney to see if the patent that concerns you actually is still in force. It may have lapsed early for failure to pay the maintenance fee and contacting them may cause them to belatedly revive it.
But if you are sure that you want to contact the...Read more »
I am writing a patent that consists of separate components that could also be patented. My question is whether it would be better to patent each piece of technology individually or to include them all within the final marketable product.
Well, it is generally easiest and cleanest to put it into separate applications (because inventors typically come up with different components at different times, but I generally tend to put it all into one patent application, let the examiner restrict it, and then choose which way you want to go....Read more »
Whether it will be hard or easy to obtain a patent on a one of a kind bath toy will depend on how new it is. If the bath toy has some insignificant modifications from other bath toys, or is just a combination of other bath toys, then it will be difficult to get a patent.
There are a number of ways to file a patent in Belgium as well as other countries. The first step is going to be determining if you're only interested in Belgium or if you'd like to file in other countries as well. From there, you will have to decide if you'd like to draft your own...Read more »
The apron is unique insofar as it has elements that have not been done before. It is a multi use item that can too easily be copied - unless that means it's too simple to warrant a patent. That is what I need to know before investing thousands of dollars. Help!
OK -- you have a provisional application that will expire April 11, 2019.
It is expensive to pursue a non-provisional application from filing to issue. If you wrote the provisional application yourself, the patent attorney may have to start from near scratch to draft a real patent...Read more »
You may have heard that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door. This highlights that there can be several solutions to a particular problem and each can obtain their own patent. This may be the situation that you are in.
I am not sure what you mean that you never received credit. I assume that your question is similar to the questions asked by so many scientists and engineers working as an employee or a contractor: you worked on developing a new product for the company, the company got a patent on the invention...Read more »
For example, I use a power supply from vendor A in my lighting product. The power supply violates a patent from vendor B. Both Vendor A and myself are unaware of the infringement at the time of purchase. Can vendor B sue me for patent infringement?
35 USC Section 271a states -- Except as otherwise provided in this title, whoever without authority makes, uses, offers to sell, or sells any patented invention, within the United States or imports into the United States any patented invention during...Read more »
Your question is a patent question not a copyright question. What you are asking is whether there is any patent where you plan to operate that would cover left and right swipe. This is known as a freedom-to-operate question. In other words do you have freedom to operate as you plan or is there...Read more »
In my researches on a plant species which produce flowers one time in each year, I found a protocol that let me to control growth habit of this plant under greenhouse conditions and result in flowers more than one time in each year. Can this protocol be registered as a patent?
In my slide set on protecting competitive advantages ( http://bit.ly/Protecting_Advantages ), I note that some patents protect new features in a product and some patents protect improved ways of making the product. If you have found a way to increase the annual yield of a plant to produce more...Read more »
I presented an idea in the MIT Whiteboard Challenge in early 2012. The idea was for an electric bicycle. A few months later, there was a company creating similar electric bicycles and raising money via crowdfunding. Recently they were purchased by another larger company for an undisclosed amount.... Read more »
When you come up with an invention, you have 3 choices to make. One, you can patent it, so that everyone will know about it, but you can keep others from using your invention. Two, you can keep it a secret, so that nobody will know about it. Three, you can disclose it,...Read more »
If two patent applications are filed claiming the same invention, the second one will not mature into a patent, because it was filed after the first one. The fact that the first patent application is published after the filing of the second is irrelevant.
Does the fact that the product is on sale in a foreign country bar me from filing a patent for it in the US? Upon further investigation, no patent application exists for such a product in the US. Does the same go for if the foreign product has an article written about it in a foreign magazine?... Read more »
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