Peter D. Mlynek's answer Well, I think that you are correct in worrying about Konami's intellectual property. As far as patents go, Konami has over 1100 patents on various gaming devices and methods. I imagine that some of them cover Yu-Gi-Oh!
I don't know which patents cover Yu-Gi-Oh!, but the patent numbers should be printed on the game or its container. If you do not see them there (they should be there), look at their website.
Aside from patents, you should also consider their trademarks (I...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer I am sorry to hear of your situation. Your question was listed for patents (inventions). You may have meant paRents but that is not a category.
You may want to post the same question under Family law or Elder law as this is a question of intervening when a family member may not be competent to take make decisions and others need to act on that person's behalf.
First, being a named inventor on three issued patents is something to be proud of. I am sure that this is one of many reasons that you are proud of your dad.
If things were done correctly, then the assignment from your dad to his employer or some other entity that bought the rights to the patent should be recorded at the USPTO Patent Assignment Database. You can enter your dad's legal name as assignor (the party giving away rights)....
Peter D. Mlynek's answer The questions posted on this website are of general nature. The answers to these general questions may be useful to others to understand the law being discussed. What you are asking is a very specific question that is best left to the attorney prosecuting this case.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer This is a common question, that has been litigated a number of times. The good news for you is that the courts usually rule against the patent owner, and in favor of people in your position.
This has to do with fairness. If you are making and selling your invention, you cannot all of the sudden start infringing a patent that was filed after you’ve been selling it.
It also has to do with logic. Either your product lies within the scope of the claims or it does not. If it...
Paul Overhauser's answer No, the Patent Office will not make this choice for you. However, a general attorney may help you in making a selection from among those listed as registered practitioners on the Office roster. Also, some bar associations operate lawyer referral services that maintain lists of patent lawyers available to accept new clients.
Paul Overhauser's answer This can't be answered in the abstract - some companies are legitimate and some do a very poor job. No. The Patent Office publishes complaints regarding invention promoters and replies from the invention promoters. Questions or complaints can be sent to Mail Stop 24; Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; P.O. Box 1450; Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 or call at (703) 306-5568.
Paul Overhauser's answer There are many factors to consider in determining a reasonable royalty. Under Supreme Court precedent, there are 15 factors (known as the Georgia-Pacific factors) to consider in a patent infringement lawsuit. These were first articulated in Georgia-Pacific Corp. v. U.S. Plywood Corp., 318 F. Supp. 1116 (S.D.N.Y. 1970), and include: 1. The royalties received by the patentee for the licensing of the patent in suit, proving or tending to prove an established royalty. 2. The rates paid by the...
Paul Overhauser's answer Most patent applications filed on or after November 29, 2000, will be published 18 months after the filing date of the application, or any earlier filing date relied upon under Title 35, United States Code. Otherwise, all patent applications are maintained in the strictest confidence until the patent is issued or the application is published. After the application has been published, however, a member of the public may request a copy of the application file. After the patent is issued, the...
Paul Overhauser's answer The Patent Office will answer an applicant's inquiries as to the status of the application, and inform you whether your application has been rejected, allowed, or is awaiting action. However, if you have a patent attorney or agent of record in the application file the Office will not correspond with both you and the attorney/agent concerning the merits of your application. All comments concerning your application should be forwarded through your attorney or agent.
Paul Overhauser's answer No. Most business with the Office is conducted by email and written correspondence. Interviews regarding pending applications can be arranged with examiners if necessary and are often helpful.
Paul Overhauser's answer If both you and your friend had a share in the ideas forming the invention as defined in the claims – even if only as to one claim, you are joint inventors and a patent will be issued to them jointly on the basis of a proper patent application. If, on the other hand, one of these persons has provided all of the ideas of the invention, and the other has only followed instructions in making it, the person who contributed the ideas is the sole inventor and the patent application and patent shall...
Paul Overhauser's answer No. The application must be signed by the true inventor, and filed with the Patent Office, in the inventor's name. This is the person who furnishes the ideas (e.g. the first person in the above fact pattern), not the employer or the person who furnishes the money.
Paul Overhauser's answer No. The price is between you and your patent attorney, and the Patent Office takes no part. To avoid misunderstanding you may wish to ask for estimate charges for: (a) the search (b) preparation of the patent application, and (c) prosecution.
Paul Overhauser's answer "Patent pending" means you applied for a patent, and the application is still active - it has not been finally rejected, or, issued as a patent. "Patent applied for" is not a commonly used term, but it means that a patent application was filed, even though it could have been finally rejected.
Paul Overhauser's answer Some patent owners file many individual suits in different jurisdictions against purported infringers, with the hope that they can obtain quick settlements. However, it can potentially be prudent for the various defendants to join forces and have all the various lawsuits consolidated in one court and tried at once. This way, the costs for certain defenses, such as invalidity of the patent, can be shared among all the defendants. This type of consolidation procedure is discusssed here:...
Paul Overhauser's answer If you have experience with patents, you may not need an attorney. For example, if you are an inventor at a large company that has patented many of your ideas, you may be very familiar with the process and how to write an application. Failing this, you really should use an attorney. I say this based on the many rejections I've seen from the Patent Office based on applications written by novices.
Paul Overhauser's answer A patent applicant has an obligation under 37 CFR 56 to disclose to the Patent Office information that is "material" to the patentability of the patent application. If the applicant withholds or misrepresents information when dealing with the Patent Office, a court, in a later infringement suit, can find the patent invalid due to inequitable conduct. Thus, this is a "defense" that an accused infringer may assert.
Paul Overhauser's answer A "provisional" patent application is not a "real" patent application in the sense that it will not result in the issuance of a patent. However, it establishes a date of invention. You then have 12 months to file a "non-provisional" patent application which claims the benefit of the earlier-filed non-provisional. The non-provisional application is usually more detailed and costs more money to prepare and file.
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