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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: I invented and patented (US 8391552) an invaluble technology for petrochemical industry

So in 2018, the Trump Admin attacked me in a federal lab in Pittsburgh. I had to flee. Then my house was raided by a SWAT team. I fled into hiding in Amish country Ohio. Then the Trump Admin disguised my patented technology as a non-patented technology and gave it to Saudi Aramco and the... View More

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Sep 25, 2023

I am sorry to hear about your tribulations, but regarding the patent: you do not own the patent. You assigned your rights to the invention to the Deparment of Energy in December 2012, after the patent application was filed but before the patent issued.

It is not your patent, and the DoE...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: When is it safe to remake and market old patents and copyrights and what are some things to be aware of?
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Jan 31, 2023

When the term of the patent or the copyright expires.

The idea of a patent is a contract between an inventor and the public, as represented by the government. The inventor discloses the invention, which is valuable to the public, to the society, and gets something in return. The inventor...
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: Is there a patent on using a natural stone as a cooking surface, like a grill or stove? If so is it still active?

I am looking to sell a product that would require this. I would like to avoid getting in trouble because of someone's patent.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Oct 20, 2022

That will require patent search of the US Patent and Trademark Office records by a patent attorney. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local patent attorney who can meet with you review your design and do a patent search to determine patentability or any issues of patent infringement.

3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: How can I protect my ideas from being stolen while looking for funding and investors with no money for a patent?

I have multiple ideas/inventions and i don't know how to explain my ideas to investors to get funding without having a patent to protect my ideas. But I don't have the funding to pay for a lawyer and everything to get a patent. So what could I do to protect myself and my ideas while... View More

Joshua David Mertzlufft
Joshua David Mertzlufft
answered on Aug 24, 2022

Hi, this is a tricky situation many founders I’ve worked with have found themselves in. For a startup in the early stages when funding is tight (it usually is at the very start), a provisional patent application could be filed to defer some of the costs and get to “patent pending.” A caution,... View More

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Q: How can I protect my ideas from being stolen while looking for funding and investors with no money for a patent?

I have multiple ideas/inventions and i don't know how to explain my ideas to investors to get funding without having a patent to protect my ideas. But I don't have the funding to pay for a lawyer and everything to get a patent. So what could I do to protect myself and my ideas while... View More

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Jul 31, 2022

This is one of the most frequently asked questions. You can't get funding without patents, and you can't get a patent without money. It is a Catch-22.

Here are some guidelines:

(1) You need to recognize that ideas by themselves are not protectable. If you have an idea...
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Q: How can I protect my ideas from being stolen while looking for funding and investors with no money for a patent?

I have multiple ideas/inventions and i don't know how to explain my ideas to investors to get funding without having a patent to protect my ideas. But I don't have the funding to pay for a lawyer and everything to get a patent. So what could I do to protect myself and my ideas while... View More

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 22, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

I would also recommend signing NDA (non-disclosure agreement) everytime you are consulting with investors about your invention. This will give you more safety for your invention for the future.

Every serious investors should accept that and sign such agreement....
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: Hi, I have a quick question regarding to a recently published patent. It was me who discovered and invented the method.

I discovered and invented the method for the preparation of a nanocomposite when working as a postdoc at that institution, I have written a manuscript about the method when working there but I left the job, and I have the photocopy of all my experiment records about the method. I just noticed that... View More

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Jun 28, 2022

This is not a DIY thing. You will need to contact a patent attorney who will compare your manuscript with the issued patent. It is likely that the university had agreements in place where you would have had to assign your rights over to the university. They may or may not give you a cut of any... View More

Q: My current employer is asking me to sign an updated restrictive covenant covering idea’s and patents.

My current employer is asking me to sign an updated restrictive covenant covering idea’s and patents.

I am concerned because, outside of my current employment. And outside of my current employers scope of business. I wish to pursue several patents.

The wording of this document... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jun 8, 2022

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney who can review the document, your current activities regarding other patents, and then advise you accordingly of any changes to the document before you sign it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: hi, where I can find the figures for patent Publication number: 20220213198 ?
Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Jul 22, 2022

Pat2pdf is one source.

http://pat2pdf.org/patents/pat20220213198.pdf

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: A low income elderly lady submitted her "invention" to a company for them to get a patent for it. The company has been

the company has been drawing on her bank account monthly, for several years. How can she get her money back. The "invention" is not worthy of a patent and she should have been notified of that. She is living on government checks and unable to work. What can she do?

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Apr 20, 2022

This is not an isolated case. Many people of limited means are encouraged to file patent applications that are on a path to nowhere by invention promotion firms. The federal government is aware of these firms. You can file a complaint, and find other useful information via the links at this... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: I would like some help applying for a patent
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Jan 24, 2022

I, along with others, am available. Reach out to a few of us.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: Is there a conviction for felonious assault in a felony murder B prosecution?

When the trial court instructs the jury "before you can find the defendant guilty of murder under this theory you must find the defendant committed the offense of felonious assault, which is knowingly causing serious physical harm?"

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Apr 13, 2021

I do not know what happened but your question has been sent out to patent attorneys. Most patent attorney focus on helping businesses and inventors obtain patents and will not have the information you seek.

I suggest that you repost your question to go to criminal law attorneys.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: Does a signed consent form for a book that includes interviews hold up in court?

I am writing a book where I would like to include interviews and stories from participants. I have a consent form written that clearly states that participants will not receive any type of compensation for their participation. If they sign this form (therefore agreeing to the terms in it,) would... View More

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell
answered on Feb 2, 2021

You are asking two questions here. One is can they sue, and the other is will they win? A consent will not stop somebody from suing, and you would need to prove that they signed the consent to use the affirmative defense. If you are worried about it I would make it clear in a recorded interview to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: Is Patent number: 4728812 still in effect. as of 01/29/2021 ?
Bernard Samuel Klosowski
Bernard Samuel Klosowski
answered on Jan 29, 2021

No, a "4 million series" patent would be from the 1980s and probably expired years ago. Setting aside continuation applications and other theoretical considerations, U.S. Pat. No. 4728812 likely expired in the early to mid 2000's, assuming that its "maintenance fees" were... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: Copyright infringement and Patents

If I design a device similar to Patent number: 9033760 but not a direct copy and is a DIY project. Where the purchaser receives 3d files to 3d print the pieces and assemble the system themselves.

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Sep 16, 2020

Let's assume that what you send in your files allows users to use 3D printers to create all the pieces needed to make what is in claim 1 of the cited patent.

1. An interchangeable, modular display system for miniature models used in wargaming, comprising:

a display panel...
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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: Are the drawings in a patent also public domain when a patent is expired, or is there a copyright attached limiting use?

I'd like to print and sell drawings from expired patents as art pieces. Is this legal?

Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales
answered on Sep 3, 2020

Drawings included in a published patent application are in the public domain, under long standing US law. In the unlikely event that a copyright notice is included on the patent drawing in the patent application, you should look twice. But, in most cases you can do whatever you want with... View More

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Q: I want to make portals is there anyway I can legally do this considering patent number 10479156

I believe this patent is for a gear driven portal and the case is one machined piece the product I want to sell is chain driven and the case is made of multiple pieces welded together can I legally sell this

Bernard Samuel Klosowski
Bernard Samuel Klosowski
answered on Aug 21, 2020

A U.S. patent owner has the right to stop others from making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing a product that infringes any claim of the patent. (Claims are the numbered paragraphs found at the end of the patent.)

The answer to your question would depend on whether any of the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Estate Planning, Family Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: Do i need permission from her parents/family to name my foundation after my late girlfriend

I live in Ohio and they live in California. Its for a non-profit and non-charitable, if thats a thing, foundation. It's to make changes, not money, for what people like her went through ex: wheel chair measurements and kidney failure sense birth

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Jul 2, 2020

No. You do not need their permission. A person's name cannot be copyrighted or trademarked.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: We had contacted a company in Boulder, Colorado to search potential patents as we have an invention idea (COVID-19).

They took two weeks and gave us the patent search results. They now want to give us some proposals for work with their company that they say includes possible design engineering, patent application, legal work with an attorney, marketing, etc.

We want to make sure this company and process... View More

Carl Massey Jr
Carl Massey Jr
answered on May 15, 2020

The phrase in your question " they say includes possible design engineering, patent application, legal work with an attorney, marketing, etc" concerns me. It sounds like a "package" of services most often offered by "invention submission" companies. Some may be... View More

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Q: Can I make a patent on putting stevia in chocolate
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on May 4, 2020

Yes, this is the type of an invention that you could get a patent on.

The problem is that it is not easy to get a patent on new compositions made from known ingredients. The reason for not being able to get a patent is usually because someone has already made that composition, or because...
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