Depending on whether you want to commercialize this invention (sell it to others) you may have a lot of things to do. You may want to create an estimate on the size of the market and the likely costs to make your product.
But at bare minimum, you will need to consider whether you should...Read more »
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 things that can shorten...Read more »
A number of U.S. patents relating to this subject matter appear under the name Paul Stamets. Several are relatively newly issued and will be active for some time. One thing to realize is that the patent only provides an exclusive right (right to sue for infringement) for what is within the scope...Read more »
His wife passed away before Christmas and has dementia. He lives in Texas and we live in Florida. He has no will. My husband is the only child of his. They said when he is released from the hospital that he will be sent to the state run nursing home. Then at that time his home will be locked... Read more »
lapsed due to non-payment of fees or failure to respond to the patent office, does the new filing have to answer claims made by previous, lapsed patents? Is the new filing beholding to the lapsed patents in any way?
If a patent or patent application has been abandoned, then you don't have to worry about infringing it - nothing you do now would infringe. If the abandonment happened recently, you'll want to figure out whether the applicant still has a chance to revive or appeal, and keep an eye on it....Read more »
A patent attorney can help you determine if the product on the market is patented and, if so, if the patent is still valid or it has expired. Even if the patent is still valid, there may be some differences between your product and the product on the market, so that you would not be at risk of...Read more »
Assuming all maintenance fees are paid and there is not a terminal disclaimer linking the end date to another patent, then the termination date is 20 years after the first non-provisional application in the family plus any bonus days extending the term through Patent Term Adjustment (PTA)....Read more »
You need to contact a patent attorney to get this done.
You most likely have two options depending what aspect of the license plate trim you are trying to protect. If you are trying to get coverage for the ornamental design of the trim, then you'll likely need a design patent. If you...Read more »
Whether you infringe and whether you need a patent are two different subjects.
With regards to infringing of a patent of another product you need to see a patent attorney, who will provide you with a non-infringement opinion. The patent attorney will take a look at your product and at the...Read more »
As you know, there are many legal hurdles that you need to deal with, including registering the business name, incorporation, zoning, health, hours of operations, employment, taxes, etc. You are to be commended that you are concerned about...Read more »
The basic idea behind the patent scheme is to advance the progress of the society. An inventor discloses his invention to the society for the benefit of the society, and in turn, the government grants a benefit to the inventor: a patent, which allows the inventor to keep others from practicing the...Read more »
I have conducted a detailed search and found out that my button do not infringes any existing design patents but the idea is already present with different designs. Almost all the patents currently present related to my Idea/product are of the same idea but the design is different for example there... Read more »
You should have an attorney do a comprehensive patentability search. An expired patent disclosing a product very similar to yours can be used by an examiner as a basis for rejecting your invention as lacking novelty and/or being an obvious modification of the patented product.
Yes you can. However, depending on whether your improved product falls within the original patent you may need a license to the original patent to sell a product. If your improvement is a kit to upgrade the original product then you may be ok. Lots of details and nuances. Best bet is to talk...Read more »
Depending on the value of the jack, it could be a misdemeanor or a felony charge for Theft Of Property. Hire a competent attorney to represent you. Restitution may need to be made despite the recovery. You want to get it Diverted, Dismissed and Expunged. Otherwise it will affect you for life.
I am writing a book where I would like to include interviews and stories from participants. I have a consent form written that clearly states that participants will not receive any type of compensation for their participation. If they sign this form (therefore agreeing to the terms in it,) would... Read more »
You are asking two questions here. One is can they sue, and the other is will they win? A consent will not stop somebody from suing, and you would need to prove that they signed the consent to use the affirmative defense. If you are worried about it I would make it clear in a recorded interview to...Read more »
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