Whether it will be hard or easy to obtain a patent on a one of a kind bath toy will depend on how new it is. If the bath toy has some insignificant modifications from other bath toys, or is just a combination of other bath toys, then it will be difficult to get a patent.
I am in the process of making washable coloring poster, accidentally similar composition to this tablecloth patent. I am using 100% polyester fabric (instead of a blend like this tablecloth), and the same Polyurethane backing - will this violate the patent?
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 »
You are going to like this answer. The patent number you provided -- 20090074331 is not an issued patent. It is a published patent application -- it shows what they hoped to patent. Per Google, this particular patent application did not result in a patent and was abandoned....Read more »
As a person with curiosity, you should develop your skills using the free patent search tools. Some useful tips are in my slide set on patent searching that I provide to entrepreneurs. http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching. I hope this helps.
My employer had filed a patent in 2017, where I was one of the two inventors. I understand the ownership of IP is with company, but I want to find out how do i even track the patent application status. The application was filed in 2017 and I believe it would have been through private... Read more »
It should have been published by now. Patent applications are generally published 18 months after submission of the application, but in some cases, the applicant can ask that the application not be published.
Because sometimes Google patents and other services are months behind, you need...Read more »
If the urinal screens are patented with a current patent, then the product should be marked with a patent number. If they did not mark the item, they may have placed the patent number on the box or shipping container. You may want to do some searching using tips in this slide set....Read more »
My guess is no. However, as I do not know the details and I hate to guess about something important, I suggest that you check for issued patents for something analogous. You may find useful tips in my slide set on patent searching that will help. http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching
I created a home made passenger backrest for my motorcycle. I posted a picture on a group of people that all own the same model motorcycle. Several people want more detailed pictures and information on how I made it so they can copy mine. I'm concerned someone could take my design and sell it or if... Read more »
It's possible you could be sued if someone is injured by a product you create. There is nothing to stop people who are injured by such a device from bringing legal action based on a product liability theory. That means they could assert a claim that the product was defectively manufactured,...Read more »
Are they selling at their own risk? I just started an e-commerce business. I was looking into selling them. But I’m thinking the chances they’ll go after me is slim since there are so many other companies that are doing really well with this item. I did add a bow to mine if that makes a... Read more »
If you are selling the types of scrunchies that were popular in the 1980s and 1990s, then you are OK. You can copy pretty much anything from the 1980s and 1990s, or earlier, because all those patents have expired.
If you want to copy some more recent ones, then you should really hire a...Read more »
Yes, scrunchies, i.e., elastic hair holders, were patented. Not only was scrunchie patented, but there was also lots of litigation around it. For some juicy reading, see, for example, https://observer.com/1999/04/lawyer-scunci-queen-tangle-over-legal-fees/
The company original company was C.R.C. Air Cleaners, in Spokane Washington, where the first ones were produced for automobiles. There was another company that produced the first ones. Inventor was Roy Kendall Runyon, my father. First produced in Spokane Washington, 1930's. My father later sold the... Read more »
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