If you really think you have something that would be worth licensing, then you should find the money to get a non-provisional patent application written and filed. I would suggest filing it with a Track One request and the relevant fee (which may be as low as $1000) in order to get a first Office...Read more »
Beginning in Nov 2003 (approx) I started working with Davison Inventions. I eventually received a prototype of my idea, which I still have to prove that I had this idea and production in the works. We worked on this for quite some time--I have paperwork from Mr Sawyer to 3 different addresses... Read more »
If you are seeking to file a patent application to claim something in a provisional application by some other inventor -- that does not work as you need to be the original inventor. You cannot file a patent application on a good idea that someone else had -- even if they did not seek to claim that...Read more »
It generally takes several days, maybe up to a week (or two, if there is a lot of back and forther between the inventor, attorney, and the drawing person), to put together a patent application. The whole process, from the filing of the application, until you get a patent, will be about 2 to 4...Read more »
I have a gaming/dining table I am marketing with the provisional patent in place. What what be the best moves to make next in terms of trade secrets, non-competition agreements, non-disclosure, copyright, etc.?
You need to get connected with an attorney that has been down this road many times before. You will need a non-disclosure/non-use agreement that is used with folks that are given access to your design.
To the extent that you work with vendors to improve your design, the paperwork needs...Read more »
You need to have enough detail so that others can make and use your idea. Some patents have no drawings at all. Some have three or less. Some have dozens of drawings -- especially if they are showing many different variations on the idea or if there are many flow charts on processes.
There is not really an international patent. There is a process to file a patent application which serves as the front end for the patent application systems for 152 countries or regions http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/pct_contracting_states.html. This is a Patent Cooperation Treaty Application (PCT)....Read more »
I have made an invention that can simply be completed by altering any type of table; end result being a what I'd term as an improvement on dining and gaming tables. I did not invent dining, gaming, or the combination of the two. However, I did invent without using any prior as inspiration,... Read more »
1) It is extremely rare that someone submits a patent application for the first x (first transistor, first airplane, first telephone). We remember those folks as they are few and far between. Most patent applications are filed on...Read more »
"Sterling Games 3 in 1 Chess Table" Is the product I altered for prototype; I emailed company I purchased from, they transferred me to manufacturer but no luck. The USPTO gives me plenty of examples of similar products, but not the exact one that I altered. Thanks for your any advice
Every patented product should have the patent information attached to it. If the product is such that it is not possible to attach patent information to it, then it should be on the packaging or any attached literature. Finally, recently it became legal to list on the product just a URL which...Read more »
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...Read more »
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