Kevin E. Flynn's answer I checked the small entity box on one of the first micro entity submissions I made as part of being a micro entity is that you qualify as a small entity. That confused people at the USPTO.
So if you are going to pay small entity fees, check small entity. If you are going to pay micro entity fees and submit the income forms for each applicant and for your company if the idea will be assigned, then do not check the small entity boxes.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer I think you need to look at actual patents that have been issued for apps. The Supreme Court does not like mere efforts to organize human behavior with a marketplace or other app to modify human behavior. You need to show that what you did would impress an engineer that makes apps.
http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching will get you started.
You need to patent specific ways of making equipment do something of value. General concepts of what you may want to accomplish are generally...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer The patent history would be available from USPTO Public PAIR. This would be the activity during the application for the patent and any responses from the patent examiner for this design patent application.
If all you want is the recorded assignment history, you can go to a separate database maintained by the USPTO
It is hard to believe that there is a non-expired patent that covers using a magnet to close portions of a shirt. The good news is that I am not aware of any synonyms to the word "magnet" or "magnetic" so patent searching should be fruitful. You may want to look at my patent searching tips in
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Griffin Klema's answer Hard to say without more information. It doesn't sound eligible for utility protection, but it's hard to know for sure without more information. You might also be able to protect it with a design patent, but again there is too little information to say with any certainty.
Griffin Klema's answer Short answer: A license. Contact the patent owner to find out if they're interested in either licensing the patent to you, selling it to you, or you can become a distributor or retailer if they already have the product available. Good luck!
Ellaretha Coleman's answer You are not likely to be able to terminate your parental rights under these circumstances. Termination of parental rights is only permitted in limited circumstances. Generally, only voluntarily when there is another parent willing to step into the biological parent's place in a step-parent adoption.
How much will it cost you to get patent protection for an anti-cancer drug is a totally different question. As you know, cancer is the number 2 killer of people in most of the world, and will be #1 within a few years as we successfully battle heart disease. Cancer costs the society about $80 B / year in the US alone. Given that an anti-cancer drug may make you $10K to $100K per year per patient...
Peter D. Mlynek's answer Yes, Josh, there are plenty of patents on methods for databases searches, such as searching records in a specific employment field. You need to work closely with a patent attorney to guide you through this minefield.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer Using your example with respect to a golf bag. If the sole difference was that you used off-the shelf sheets of flexible bamboo leather substitute and made a bag from that -- then you would have a hard time getting a utility patent. Substituting one product for another where the modifications to the process were fairly routine is not enough to get a patent.
You might be able to get a patent for the ornamental appearance of the golf bag but that would be more like protecting a...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer The question is whether those of skill in the art looking at Pat. No. 9,726,971 and everything previously known in all public writings in all languages from the beginning of time would consider your modification of the process in 9726971 to be a non-obvious modification. Notice that the pool of information is not just patents but trade magazines, textbooks, product specs for the UV inks, etc.
If people of skill in the art know that you can substitute a UV ink and it will have the...
This is hard. I know some firms that help flesh out ideas and make prototypes. The engineers often become co-inventors but they will assign the patent rights over to the client that is paying them. Good folks normally have a range of things that they do and they are not the answer for every possible inventor. So I do not know enough to make a suggestion. Some firms specialize in medical devices. Some firms work with control systems. Some work with consumer goods....
This is surprisingly difficult to fix as you signed the original oath on July 7, 2003 as Rajesh Vaidheswarra. Most likely this was the spelling used throughout the process.
Ideally, you would have corrected this problem in July of 2003. Now the USPTO believes there is an inventor with that name and it will take some steps to change this. The assignee of the patent will need to handle this and they may need signatures from the other co-inventors.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer Might not be a patent. The Supreme Court has recently made it fairly difficult to patent a method of organizing human activity. See the documents used to train patent examiners -- https://www.uspto.gov/patent/laws-and-regulations/examination-policy/subject-matter-eligibility On the other hand, if you find that you need to modify the off-the-shelf components to make your business work, you might be in position where a patent makes sense.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer The focus needs to be on the patent claims. Not the title of the patent. Not the drawings. Not the abstract. Not the details in the specification. You cannot make something that has all the nouns, verbs, and other requirements that exist in an independent claim in a patent. Some claims are dependent claims that reference another claim and add another limitation. To infringe a dependent claim you have to infringe an independent claim and have the details of the dependent claim too....
Kevin E. Flynn's answer First, you are lucky as there are far fewer patent attorneys than attorneys as a patent attorney needs two different things, a bar license from a state and a patent registration from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. But, you can pick a patent attorney from anywhere in the country. You may want to ask your trusted general business attorney for a recommendation. Most of my new clients come from a referral from their attorney.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer I am sorry, but you are going to have a tough time finding someone good to do pro bono work in patent law. Unless you are a church, a non-profit group, or some charitable organization, pro bono patent work is pretty much non-existent. The reason is that unlike in criminal law, patents are a business tool designed to make money -- if you are not willing to invest your money in order to get advice to make you money, why should the lawyer?
Peter D. Mlynek's answer I am glad that you are worried about coordinating the prototyping and patenting, before you bring your product to your patients and to the market. I’ve been working with a client for the past almost 2 years on getting a Class I medical device in the WOC field onto the market; I obviously can’t tell you how far along we are at this, but here are a couple of observations:
(1) With regards to patents, there are two questions to ask: Can you protect your invention with a patent? and...
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