Maryland Native American Law Questions & Answers

Q: Do I have to repay a tribal loan?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Native American Law for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
It may depend on where the loan was made. If it was legal where made, it may be legal to enforce in MD. If the loan was made here in MD, or solicited here in MD, then the lender is required to be licensed in MD for many types of consumer loans, and the loan is subject to MD laws.

Q: How many variations can be covered in one patent? I created a gaming table that I foresee being done in Multiple ways.

2 Answers | Asked in Native American Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 13, 2017
Peter D. Mlynek's answer
There is no limit how many variations of ONE invention you can cover.

But, you cannot claim more than one invention in one patent. If the Examiner thinks that the claims cover more than one invention, then he/she will issue a restriction and ask you to elect only one invention to prosecute.

The question becomes: if you make the table out of another material, or if you make another way of flipping the table over, is this a new invention or is it just a variation of the same...

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