I am launching my first product. However, my competitors have patents but I am thinking to change the design not function. Would my competitors' patents be infringed? Is it possible to get a patent for my product? Thank you!
This is a very difficult and complicated question. A non-provisional patent generally covers the function of an item whereas a design patent covers the ornamental look of a product but not its function. You can still infringe on A patent by changing its design if your new product “reads on”...Read more »
I'm trying to determine if a new invention will pose risk for infringement. The claims under this patent seem very abstract in nature, thus preventing anyone from designing an application that retrieves general fishing related-data from users, processing it and then providing results based on said... Read more »
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...Read more »
First you may want to consult with a patent attorney to see if the patent that concerns you actually is still in force. I may have lapsed early for failure to pay the maintenance fee and contacting them may cause them to belatedly revive it.
But if you are sure that you want to contact...Read more »
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 »
I am sole inventor. Michael Tallen. Dennis Fenton did not come up with idea nor did any of the work. I was fresh out of school. He threatened me to get name on patent snd drove me out of Amgen. Today he is on Board of Directors of over 200 Biotech Companies worth $500M. Amgen got to markets... Read more »
I am the inventor of web cam covers of which I have a provisional application. I'm looking for an attorney to assist in possible litigation, an attorney of whom will take a contingency case. This has already been proved I have a rock solid case. Davison or invention land tried stealing my idea and... Read more »
Sorry, but there is very little chance of any attorney taking your case. For several reasons.
Firstly, just because you've filed a provisional application, does not mean that you have a patent. You need to file a regular application, prosecute it, and have the patent issue before you...Read more »
I used to work for a firm that defended the original Bell telephone patent court (long long before I was born). So I am well aware that improvements to a particular device such as a telephone may continue to come out for a hundred years or so. It is possible that your patent claims one set of...Read more »
It is possible to go partway through the process with your proprietary information as a secret. However, if you let the patent application publish or you pay an issue fee to get a granted patent then your information becomes public knowledge. You have patent rights to protect the unauthorized use...Read more »
I have a 16 year old son that has a different man on his birth certificate. I know he is mine but not on paper. I am regular in his life and help support him with things he needs. His mother won't let me see him all of a sudden but he wants to see me. What can we do? Can he just leave home and be... Read more »
I think your best bet is going to be to get the child's mother to agree to visitation. There is a very limited time window to challenge paternity, typically no more than two years. You can meet with an attorney for a consultation to discuss the specific facts of your case.
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