That is a design patent. Design patents are generally very narrow. Therefore, a manufacturer is able to make a folding bike locks that is similar to the one in this patent without infringing this patent.
No. There is no PCT patent that is enforceable. The WIPO simply publishes PCT patent applications. After the submission of the application, the applicant has to decide in which countries they want to get patents in, and then file and prosecute the applications in the selected countries.
I am not highly trained in this region but I think I can make it work. I made my own design for a motor creating electricity by means of magnets moving other magnets. I want to find out how I could claim my design so it can't be replicated.
I am not sure that I understand your idea. Most electric motors operate through the interaction between the motor's magnetic field and electric current in a wire winding to generate force in the form of rotation of a shaft.
Nonetheless, once you finish your invention, hire a patent...Read more »
I do not know. But I do know that entrepreneurs can do their own searching using Google Patents, and other tools hosted by patent systems. I teach entrepreneurs how to use these tools effectively using these slides http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching . I hope this helps.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office maintains a database of who owns the patents. https://assignment.uspto.gov/patent/index.html#/patent/search You can look up who is listed as owning the patent of interest. The contact information may not have been updated since the ownership moved...Read more »
Your question did not provide the specific patent number but I can answer anyways. There is not a global patent. Patents are issues by a country (or in rare instances a region) and only apply to actions in that location.
A United States Patent Applies to the United States.
I am dealing with an unscrupulous inventor who tries to sell his software patent. He tries to sell it with development done by a 3rd party. That 3rd party has already confirmed to me they are not interested in working on it, because the inventor is ineligible. Also, I was hired by the inventor to... Read more »
Once the patent issues or a patent application is published, then you should be able to see details in the assignment database at https://assignment.uspto.gov/patent/index.html#/patent/search . You will also be able to see the relevant information in Public PAIR once you know the application...Read more »
My advice would be for you to contact a real estate attorney in your area. Deeds are legal documents which, if not drafted correctly, can result in problems in the chain of title and can affect your ability to get financing for your property, or your ability to sell or convey the property later....Read more »
Many patented processes use patented components in the process. Sometimes the company seeking the patent on the process owns the patents on the tools or components used in the process, sometimes they do not. It does not matter.
That said, your own idea will need to meet the test of being...Read more »
Hi. Good question. You have to do a prior art search. Not an easy thing to do, often containing two levels. First is a outsourced company doing the prior art search. Second, a patent attorney analyzing and providing opinions on the prior art.
To merit a patent, the combination must be non-obious. There should be some synergy in the combination. Sometimes a combination may be considered obvious if each component works in a well-known way. A patent attorney may be able to see synergy where the inventor may not. This is because the legal...Read more »
I don't know which patents you are referring to, but my cursory search shows that there are about 5 patents that list Victor Staats as the inventor. 4 of these have expired due to their age, and 1 expired because a maintenance fee was not paid. There are no enforceable patents for Victor Staats...Read more »
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