Let me give you the rules for patent term so you can answer the question yourself.
Patent term is more confusing than it should be. The one part that is simple, is that patent term is not a function of the technology. There is not a way for the applicant to apply to extend the patent term (unlike trademarks or copyrights). (but as noted below, there are things that can shorten the term) It is the...
Peter D. Mlynek's answer Please feel free to post your question in your native language, and we'll translate it as we see fit. This Google translation from your language is gibberish that makes no sense.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer The COST of getting a single US patent is several tens of thousands of US dollars. It could be as little as $10K, or as much as $50K+. It depends on many factors.
Now, the VALUE of a patent, once the US Patent Office grants it, is determined the same as the value of anything else. The value of a patent depends on the market; the value of a patent is somewhere between whatever the owner of the patent is willing to sell it for and whatever the purchaser is willing to buy it for. It...
Kevin Flynn's answer If someone is selling items in the US that fall within the claim of one or more issued claims in an unexpired patent, then you can sue in federal court for patent infringement.
If it is a utility patent you can seek reasonable royalties. If it is a design patent, then you can sue for disgorgement of profits made from selling infringing goods. There are other damage remedies too.
This is very fact specific and does not lend itself to online Q&A boards. You need to consult...
Kevin Flynn's answer Congress has asked the USPTO examiners provide a first substantive review (Office Acton) within 14 months. If they do not do so, the patent owner can be awarded extra days at the end of the patent life to compensate for the slow response. This is called Patent Term Adjustment (PTA). Some patent applications receive a first substantive review 3 to 5 years after filing depending on the queue for the specific group of examiners handling that particular type of patent.
Regarding your question: this is a very frequent question. Unfortunately, if you worked for a company, and a part of your job was to do things that may be patentable, then it is very likely that the company is the patent applicant and would be the owner of the patent if the application ever issues. It is their patent application, and they can do with it whatever they want, even if you object to it. Sorry.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer I don't know, but he is no longer listed as a patent agent or a patent attorney on the USPTO's Office of Enrollment and DIscipline's website. https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/practitionerSearchEntry
This would indicate that he is no longer available for business.
Kevin Flynn's answer Wow -- there are a hundred things and you need not wait until you have your patent issued to start on them. You can start on some activities by reaching out to vendors using a Non-Disclosure Agreement before filing the patent application. The toughest issue for many entrepreneurs is working out a sales channel and a business plan. Are you going to sell online? Are you going to get a major store or catalog to carry your product?
In each state, there is a group run by the local...
One problem that you will encounter is whether the gardening technique is actually really new. Gardening has been about for millennia, practiced by billions of people, so it is likely that someone has thought about the same thing as you have.
Another problem that you should think about is a practical one: if you do patent your technique, will you be able to enforce it? I mean, is your technique such that it would be easily discovered by...
Patent term is more confusing than it should be. The one part that is simple, is that patent term is not a function of the technology. There is not a way for the applicant to apply to extend the patent term (unlike trademarks or copyrights). (but as noted below, there are things that can shorten the term) It is the same for dishwasher patents or patents on an ultrasound machine. Unfortunately, to...
Peter D. Mlynek's answer This is going to be a bit tricky since you are in California. The reason is that California has a law about the Right of Publicity (Calif. Civil Code 3344), which prevents a person from appropriating for his/her own advantage another person's name or likeness. This is somewhat unique to California, due to the strong movie and entertainment industry presence in the state.
You will need a California lawyer to help you with this.
A patent, in this context, would be equivalent to a deed, but from the federal government. As I understand your question, title is still held by the BLM (the US government). Is this, perhaps, some sort if native American tribal land?
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