Nothing HAS to be patented. But any "new, useful, and nonobvious" machine, article of manufacture, process, composition of matter, or improvement on those things may be eligible for a "utility patent." While a utility patent protects the way an article is used and works (35...Read more »
I was a Ph.D. student working with my professor at University. We together applied for two patents, which were approved in the U.S. and Europe. My professor later started a company and licensed these patents from the University. Recently on the news, a large company sub-licensed these patents again... Read more »
Sorry, I wish I had better news, but you very likely are not entitled to any money from the patent.
Generally, when you are a Graduate Research Assistant, you are getting paid, either as a salary or in lieu of tuition, to do research. You were getting paid. As with any university in the...Read more »
Well, if you are working on a classified material, such as a mass driver, then you need to talk to your group leader, manager or director. They will be able to provide the proper channels to determine if it is in the best interest of your sponsor to apply for such a patent, and what you need to do...Read more »
I recently discovered a vhs tape of a stand-up comedy shot that I shot in 1993 at a Comedy Club. I was given permission by the comedy club to tape it as I was one of the comedians performing that night. I recently viewed the video again for the first time in almost 30 years....and 2 of the... Read more »
A patent that is issued is a legally a personal property, so that it can be inherited just like money, a car, or an art collection. If your great-grandfather owned patents, then it would have passed onto the appropriate heir (either by will or intestate).
For the sake of business expediency, is it OK to 'cobble' together a less-than-desirable solution and use that as proof of concept, and then write the claims off of that? The go-to-market solution would require a better mousetrap but it would get the patent part going. So would the... Read more »
This is a very question frequent question in R&D. It rare that a company has a project, comes up with a product that is optimized. Normally, researchers come up with a viable product, which is then refined to make the product better, and which can be sold.
I received a certified letter regarding a silicone pipe that I currently sell on many platforms including my own website. The company stated that they have a patent pending on it and that I have to: immediately stop marketing the product, remove the product from all selling platforms and send them... Read more »
If you are asking whether there is a relevant patent in the United States that has not expired, I suggest that you do some preliminary searching using my slide set at http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching (one of several sets of slides accessible from...Read more »
Since you say 14 years, I am presuming you are looking at a design patent. While the term is longer today, for many years the term of a design patent was 14 years FROM THE ISSUE DATE. So I am concerned that you are looking at the wrong date. You need to look at the issue date, not the...Read more »
Both sound like a trademark that might be challenged for lack of uniqueness as they are common colloquialisms. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials,...Read more »
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