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Q: I want to change the entity's type to micro, since i am an individual, so the maintenance fee would not be high

I have several patent, and the maintenance fee when do you soon ; I want to change the entity type to micro so I can pay $400 tip patent rather than $1600 . Also, my address want to be changed as well. Beside I am not familiar with filling required documents, therefore what could be the range of... Read more »

Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on May 15, 2019

You just need to file a certificate of micro entity status. You can get the form at

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Q: I was wondering if the headband underneath a sunhat was patented yet..Thanks in advance

Kevin E. Flynn answered on May 15, 2019

Short answer is that I do not know without looking. Eventually, you may want a patent attorney to help you. I am not sure whether you are looking to obtain a patent or just want to be clear of the patents for others. The searches for these two questions overlap but they are not exactly the same.... Read more »

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Q: Are there any patents for online databases for gravesites/cemeteries?

For example, a site to where a User can search a specific section of a cemetery/gravesite or the entire cemetery as a whole and looks for certain groups, people of interest and whatnot?

Sean Erin Serraguard answered on May 10, 2019

I'm not aware of any such patent and a cursory search of the available databases don't turn up any such patents. (though there was an interesting one which incorporated video into a gravestone!) However, this doesn't tell us if one exists either in the US or in other jurisdictions. To answer this... Read more »

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Q: How can I get my ideas patent to sell on the market I all ready have a lot of prototypes.

If the product has items they use all ready patent by someone else

Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jun 21, 2018

First it is important that you do NOT have any public use of your invention or prototypes. There is a razor thin exception for necessary testing but you should consult with a patent attorney before engaging in any public testing.

Second it is important that you do not have any sale of the...
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Q: can I patent an ingredient in animal feed to prevent other feed companies from using it?

I have researched benefits of specific vegetables and fruits and started using them in animal feed production with great results in animal health and performance. No other feed company includes these ingredients in their feed. Can I patent this to prevent competitors from duplicating my feed /... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn answered on Mar 31, 2018

Starting in March of 2013, the rules for what could be patented changed. See

The relevant text is

A person shall be entitled to a patent unless—

(1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or...
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Q: does this field of the invention found in a patent protect only shoes or applies to other uses?

Peter D. Mlynek answered on Feb 9, 2018

If you are asking about US Patent No. 7,877,903, then the answer is that the patent protects only certain types of interchangeable shoe-forming assemblies.

(The way that you tell is by looking at the patent claims at the end of the patent. The field of invention is not really useful in...
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Q: Will i look bad if I don't let my ex get our daughter till he takes me to court?

He is always trying to make me look bad and starting fights. Sometimes he don't return her to me on Sundays like we agreed on. I've been dealing with him call me names and stuff for 4 year and I'm tired of it. I don't want to make myself look bad but something has to change. For example, 2 days ago... Read more »

Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 11, 2017

The court could consider that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can review all the facts of the situation and advise you. If the father is not paying child support, you can file in court to make him start paying.

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Q: I created a class and would like to get it protected but dont know what I need.

Do I need a patent, trademark, or copyright?

Will Blackton answered on Oct 25, 2017

What type of class? How is the class material presented?

It's likely that copyright is the appropriate type of protection, but it's unclear without more information.

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Q: do i have to have a parents permision to leave home at the age of 15 in ohio

Hello, I'm 15 years old and living in ohio. I want to get emancipated in one day(which I know is kind of a stretch), but I don't wish to live with my mom anymore. I already have a place to stay(with my friend and her parent) and I'll be paying some of the bills to stay there. Since I am 15 am I... Read more »

Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 22, 2017

If you leave, you could end up in juvenile detention, and the people you stay with could get into trouble. Ohio does not recognize emancipation. Here is a link to more information:

If you have...
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Q: Am I able to get a patent on a data compression algorithm that's only an idea on paper that describes the process

Peter D. Mlynek answered on Sep 17, 2017

You do not need to actually construct your invention to get a patent. You can simply describe it in a way that it is sufficient for someone else who is knowledgeable in the field to follow your description to actually construct it.

But there is a bigger issue at play here. There are...
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Q: How can I get help with researching patents? I am trying to obtain a proof of concept for my idea I want to patent.

Areas of interest:

Nanotechnology + Optics + Thin Film Technology

Peter D. Mlynek answered on Feb 1, 2017

I am not sure if I quite understand what you are asking, but let me make a few comments:

(1) A proof of concept is usually obtained by performing research on the product or service that you want to put onto the marketplace. The type of questions that are being investigated are: “Will...
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Q: If my idea of invention is already patented by another individual yet not invented, what are my options? Thank You!

I recently discovered that my idea of invention had already been patented by another individual 5 years ago. However, the product is not available to this day and I passionately wish to bring this invention to life. What are my options?

Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 27, 2016

You can contact the patent owner and negotiate a license from the patent owner to produce the product or purchase the patent rights. Consult a local patent attorney.

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Q: My father had this patent and never received anything from it. Is there anything I can do with it?

The patent was under the name of terry giacin and was for "rubber baby bumpers"

Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 30, 2015

Depends who owns the patent and if the product is marketable. Talk to a local patent lawyer.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it...
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Q: I had an idea for an invention while working at WalMart in OH but don't work there now. Would they have any claim on it?

Paul Overhauser answered on Nov 21, 2010

Assuming you never signed an agreement with WalMart stating that you would assign inventions to them, it is very unlikely that WalMart has a claim on your invention. Except in instances where there is an agreement, or a particular employee was "hired to invent," the employee, not employer, owns... Read more »

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