Sean Erin Serraguard's answer There are a number of ways to file a patent in Belgium as well as other countries. The first step is going to be determining if you're only interested in Belgium or if you'd like to file in other countries as well. From there, you will have to decide if you'd like to draft your own application or if you'd like to hire an attorney to draft for you and navigate the process. I'd recommend contacting a licensed patent attorney with experience in foreign prosecution for a free consultation and not...
To get a patent, contact a patent attorney to get you started. (I do patents for formulations on daily basis for my clients, and I've done some in ag chem).
Make sure that you have some good data over other common fertilizers, and most importantly, over the combination of ingredients. If your ingredients are known, then the data is more important then if the ingredients are new chemical entities. What I mean is that...
Griffin Klema's answer You're probably running into trademark issues, and maybe copyright as well. The use of the slogan "Just Dewey It" without any use of a swoosh-like logo is a close call. Arguably it might fall within parody or other fair use exceptions to trademark or copyright infringement. The Nike swoosh is a well recognized (famous) source identifier, and using that alone or together with the slogan is probably going to raise the ire of Nike's attorneys. I recommend considering other themes if you can't get...
Ahaji Kirk Amos' answer Unless you request expedited prosecution, you will wait about 18 months after you file a patent application before your application is examined. The typical prosecution phase is about 36 months. The best way to move it forward is to respond to USPTO office actions as soon as possible. You get 6 months to respond, responding as soon as the action is received will result in a quicker prosecution phase.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer It does not matter whose idea it was. A person gets a patent on an invention, not on the idea. They could have come up with the idea subsequent to you, or they could have just copied your idea, it does not matter, you do not have any rights to protect.
The only way that you could sue them is if you disclosed an invention to them under a non-disclosure agreement, and they violated the agreement.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer Your friend's patent will only protect him/her from the competition within Mexico. If your friend did not patent it with the USPTO, anyone will be able to practice the invention in the US, but so nothing for your friend to sell. What does your friend want to sell?
Your patent has been issued, all the maintenance fees have been paid, and it looks like that the patent is enforceable. It thus appears that you are in a good position.
As you likely know, a patent lawsuit will cost you several million dollars. Unfortunately, unlike personal injury lawsuits, patent lawsuits are generally not done on a contingency basis. Some law firms may represent you on a partial contingency basis (they'll charge you only half of their...
Peter D. Mlynek's answer As a person who does his own plumbing, the lack of part numbers drives me nuts too. And parts from one manufacturer are not compatible with those of other manufacturers. I feel your pain.
Your question is a tough one. The good news is that the patent was issued in 1970, so your shower faucet must be more recent than that, so replacement parts should still be around. The patent owned by Cole Valve Co. (not to be confused with Kohl), but it could have been licensed to any number of...
Griffin Klema's answer If you're an owner or inventor of a patent, and you're not listed on the face of the document, there are procedures to correct that. Otherwise your question is somewhat unclear when you say, "here." On a patent? On a website?
Peter D. Mlynek's answer From your brief description, it sounds like you are OK. But it really depends on what the claims recite. If it calls for isolation of unique sequence, and you do not perform that step, then you are not infringing. But if the claims are simply directed to measuring methylation of a specific gene and you are measuring methylation of many genes which may include the specific gene, then you may be infringing.
You really should talk with a patent attorney who specializes in biotech.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer You can do some preliminary patent searching using tips from this slide set -- http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching or to hire a patent attorney to conduct Freedom-to-Operate searches and clearance work see -- https://www.flynniplaw.com/services/legal-services/freedom-to-operate/opinions.
To the extent that you are buying a good that is very similar to a well-known brand, you can look at the packaging for the well-known brand and that packaging should include a list of patents that cover the...
As far as I can tell, it is not patent pending anywhere else outside the US. If so, then you would be free to make and sell the same product without having to worry about being successfully sued in Canada.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer I do not speak for Justia. For any problems with this site, you are going to have to contact Justia owners directly, and not post it here on Ask a Lawyer.
But to answer your question: Application 14/532,102, titled Systems and Methods for Alcohol Recovery and Concentration of Stillage By-Products, that was published as 20150060259, was abandoned last year. There is no patent. It was abandoned because the applicant failed to pay the issue fee.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer If the flag is special because of how it looks rather than how it works or how it is made, then it sounds like on the patent front you would be considering a design patent. A design patent protects the ornamental appearance from being knocked off. Think Oakley sunglasses. People can still sell sunglasses, just not sunglasses that copy a protected ornamental appearance.
NOTE -- design patents have very narrow coverage so if you continue to tweak and change how this looks, then your...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer You have several options. You can buy the patent outright if they are willing to sell. Then you would have them sign an assignment document to transfer ownership to you just as you do when you move the title of a car or a house from one person to another. You would record that assignment here -- https://epas.uspto.gov/.
If you want the right to make and use what is in the patent and do not care if someone else can make and use what is in the patent, then all you need is a...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer It is possible that by selling products made off-shore that you may be infringing a US patent claim that is from an unexpired US patent. A US patent can be used to prohibit someone from making, using, selling, or offering to sell a product that is covered by one or more patent claims of an unexpired patent.
While it is possible to do some preliminary patent searching using tips from this slide set -- http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching or to hire a patent attorney to conduct...
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.