A large company is using my patent in their highly successful product without any request for my approval or agreement to compensate myself or the other inventors. Would it be possible to ask for retro active payments for the previous life of said product, or sue them for patent infringement?
Were you employed by this large company when you made the invention? Did you sign paperwork to assign the rights to the invention over to the large company or to some other company which may have passed rights or licensed the large company?
Inventorship and ownership are different things....Read more »
The publication of a patent application and the examination process are not tied. An application is usually published in the US at 18 months after the earliest priority document (this would include an earlier provisional application) but it could be as early as a few months after filing the...Read more »
One easy way is to look up the patent at https://patents.google.com/ . Then, for a US patent, put a US in front of the number such as US5857273. Google will fetch the patent and also let you know if it is expired or not (it is).
To get your own patent in the same topic, you will have to...Read more »
Your situation requires more facts and to determine what you can due without getting into serious legal problems, you must retain an experienced patent law attorney. With modern technology, you can be represented by any high-quality attorney in New Jersey irrespective of geography.
My parents have 400 acres. My mother left my father, but never divorced him. She has been with multiple other men over the last 7-8 years. My dad passed away last August and she's getting the entire profit off the house, plus the land.. she's getting 800,000 while me and my sister are... Read more »
I'm building an app in an industry that hasnt changed in ages and I want to know if i might need an IP attorney to help file a patent? I realize that i'm being extremely broad but i'm trying to figure where to start. I researched some companies who filed patents like AirBnB,... Read more »
If you are devoting a substantial amount of time or money into this project, then it is a good use of your time to talk with a patent attorney that files patent applications for apps. There are special obstacles in seeking patents in that space so you need some frank advice from someone that has...Read more »
the company has been drawing on her bank account monthly, for several years. How can she get her money back. The "invention" is not worthy of a patent and she should have been notified of that. She is living on government checks and unable to work. What can she do?
This is not an isolated case. Many people of limited means are encouraged to file patent applications that are on a path to nowhere by invention promotion firms. The federal government is aware of these firms. You can file a complaint, and find other useful information via the links at this...Read more »
People file patent applications with improvements on previously patented inventions every day. The Bell patent on the telephone was issued more than 100 years ago. People are still patenting improvements to the telephone.
Now you may have to worry about whether the earlier patent is...Read more »
These vehicles were provided to the US military from 1984 - 1987. I believe similar brush guards were an option on GM trucks as early as the 1960's. I would like to reproduce this brush guard for the same GM vehicles and other vehicles with slight modifications. Thanks for any help you can... Read more »
This is a common type of question, but unless the brush guard was ornamental, finding the patent is not going to be very helpful. The drawings that come with patents are there to help the reader understand the invention, and are not meant to be...Read more »
The idea behind a patent is that the inventor discloses the invention, and in turn, the government gives the inventor something of value: the ability to keep others from using the patenting invention for a limited time. After the time runs out, anyone can use that invention.
I do not think it is a good idea for you to draft and file a patent application without the help of a patent attorney. Some people do so and the USPTO can be somewhat generous in helping DIY applicants but there is a great risk that you do not know what you do not know and you will lose important...Read more »
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