You have a few options. Start with Google Patent Search, then the USPTO Patent Search, and then the WIPO patent search tools. Searching for designs can be a little challenging, for you have to get creative with various search terms and the like. You should reach out to an experience patent attorney...Read more »
According to the American Intellectual Property Law Association's 2019 Report, the USPTO (government) filing fees for a U.S. Design patent application are in the range of $240-$960+, and the average national attorney fee to prepare and file the design application is around $1,815+. Draftsman...Read more »
It is not clear from what you write whether you have need of a patent or a copyright attorney. In either case, having someone else work on the project could mean they end up with the IP rights. So before you go further, do find an IP attorney who can assess what has been done and what needs to be...Read more »
I have a product which was invented by some person many years ago, but wasn't patented. So, now many people sold this product too. But one company modified one detail of the product, and because they couldn't patent this as invention, many sellers, include me, also was selling this... Read more »
Usually, in the sale of a business, the sale agreement includes the goodwill of the business and its name. Your rights in the name will depend on what the agreement says as to ownership of the name. If, in fact, you did not sell the name, then your rights are dependent on how you are currently...Read more »
If the urinal screens are patented with a current patent, then the product should be marked with a patent number. If they did not mark the item, they may have placed the patent number on the box or shipping container. You may want to do some searching using tips in this slide set....Read more »
The issue date, also known as the grant date, is the date at which the patent becomes enforceable. After that time, the patent owner can prevent others from making, selling, or using the claimed invention.
Regarding when a patent expires, this is probably the most common question in patent...Read more »
I want to commercialize a tennis ball mower that collects balls directly into a basket at an elevated height, so that one does not have to ever bend down to pick up any balls. This patent seems like that is what they are describing, but I am uncertain. Currently on the market there is a tennis ball... Read more »
I intend to sell usb c hub devices on amazon. I see bunch of sellers there but i was wondering if there are any patents that could pose legal issues if i decide to sell this type of products:... Read more »
If you have violated another person's intellectual property rights, by making the devices that you are selling, yes you can be in violation of criminal laws, and subject to very harsh financial penalties (under civil aspects of patent violation or copyright laws) and possible jail time....Read more »
I don't see anyone having a patent on the vending machines that sell snacks or sodas. I see a company has a Patent on it..But is it possible that the patent is just on the type of vending machine that they built and it's accessabilty?
It is likely that a vending machine for disposable scrubs would be covered by any number of patents for vending machines (or on various parts of vending machines), even if nobody has ever thought of using vending machines to dispense scrubs. Why? Because patent claims are typically written as...Read more »
You can contact the owner of the patent with an offer, I highly suggest that before you do this that you talk to a local patent attorney lawyer. Good Luck
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