Publication number: 20040002883
answered on Sep 14, 2022
If there's a new improvement to it that is patentable, there may be an opportunity for a new patent application. However resubmitting an old application as-is that's already published, with nothing more, generally won't work.
I am a registered U.S. patent... Read more »
Another company altered the same original product the same way I did and is claiming she’s the original creator of that new design. So she and her friends have been harassing me on both personal and business social medias. A good 2-3 businesses sell the same new version of this product as well.... Read more »
answered on Feb 1, 2022
I am not sure if this applies to your situation or not. However many products from the 80's and 90's, unless covered by trademarks (such as the product's name or logo) or copyrights (for example, graphics), are now "public domain." In such cases, anyone might be able to... Read more »
My father passed away unexpectedly a couple months ago. June 12th to be exact and a month later after his funeral, I filed intestate probate as he had no will. He had debt and expenses, but his parents took care of it. After legally doing all the paperwork for probate it was done within 3 weeks... Read more »
answered on Sep 7, 2021
If you are appointed Personal Representative of his estate you can and should obtain information from the Registry of Motor Vehicles about the title and transfer information. If assets or monies were stolen from the estate then you may be advised to pursue the parents depending upon whether the sum... Read more »
answered on Jan 18, 2021
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 »
answered on Oct 15, 2020
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 »
answered on Aug 16, 2020
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 »
answered on Apr 16, 2020
There are a lot of factors in play
Has that compound being used before for something?
Has it been in existence before?
Did it have other elements that can be considered generic? so that a previous compound may be used if minor changes are made
Is it... Read more »
answered on Apr 7, 2020
The costs vary greatly, but generally to a patent costs about as much as a car: anywhere from about $10,000 to over $30,000.
The procedure is easy: go see a lawyer who specializes in computer software patents. He'll walk you through the process.
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 »
answered on Apr 3, 2020
Very likely you are not. It is very possible the people in the video have some rights over the video.
You may have to reach out to the people live or their estate and get permission from them.
You should consult with an attorney, and also talk with an insurance company that... Read more »
My great grandfather was an inventor and patented at least 2 machines that I no of. I think he left the family some money
answered on Aug 22, 2019
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).
The problem with inheriting... Read more »
Patent number: 7373500
My name is "Rajesh Vaidheeswarran". In the patent it is spelled as "Rajesh Vaidheswarra"
Not sure how that typo crept in, butI would like that fixed. Any assistance would be helpful
answered on Jan 24, 2019
This is surprisingly difficult to fix as you signed the original oath on July 7, 2003 as Rajesh Vaidheswarra. Most likely this was the spelling used throughout the process.
Ideally, you would have corrected this problem in July of 2003. Now the USPTO believes there is an... Read more »
answered on Dec 15, 2018
That is a very common question. Many times inventors get side-tracked, or funding dries up, or they simply forget.
The good news is that provisional patent applications are not published, so once the provisional patent application expires and is not used as a priority document, it is as if... Read more »
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 »
answered on Sep 11, 2018
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.
The answer is, yes, an... Read more »
answered on May 22, 2018
The old rules were that you were not liable for infringing a patent until the patent issued. So you did not infringe a pending application.
That is still true but there is another form of damages called provisional rights (totally unrelated to provisional patent applications). The patent... Read more »
Can not find details of this patent anywhere. It looks like this patent is only published and not granted.
answered on May 22, 2018
D816941 is a design patent for the ornamental appearance of an Animal Bathing and Grooming Glove. Design patents are not published as applications so this is an issued patent.
You can find the patent at https://patents.google.com/patent/USD816941S1/en?oq=D816941. Design patents are... Read more »
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 »
answered on May 16, 2018
This situation merits working with patent attorney to sort out the current status and possibly to intervene to help the Patent Office reject or at least narrow the claims.
As a preliminary step, you may want to check on the status of the pending application using USPTO Public PAIR.... Read more »
answered on Apr 7, 2018
Yes, he has several dozen patents related to lithium, including extraction process from brine.
Some (but not necessarily all) of the patent applications that he is listed as an inventor are found in the following list:... Read more »
Should I patent it as intellectual property? or copyright?
Should I go to lawyer or I can do it by myself online?
answered on Apr 4, 2018
Patents are not the answer as the patent part of the PTO does not care about the text; they care about the function or the ornamental design.
You can chase a trademark (need to specify trademark to get this to a TM lawyer on JUSTIA).
Not a perfect fit as a trademark is intended to... Read more »
answered on Mar 30, 2018
Freedom to Operate and Searching.
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 »
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