answered on Mar 15, 2023
Normally through due diligence, meaning knowing the competitors of your products/services and monitoring them. Once you believe they are offering the same or similar product/service, you would then consult with a patent attorney to analyze your registered patent, particularly the claims of your... Read more »
answered on Mar 16, 2023
To find out if someone is using your patents, you can start by conducting a patent search to see if anyone has filed or been granted a patent that is similar to yours. This can be done through the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) online database, or with the help of a patent... Read more »
answered on Dec 29, 2022
Not clear how they will get access to your business idea. If you mean will they be able to look at your provisional patent application, the answer is no (not unless you provide a copy). If you mean your US patent application, the default is that the application is published 18 months from the... Read more »
We have received irrelevant infringement patent on Amazon and looking someone who can help us to solve this issue
answered on Aug 22, 2022
Dear Mrs or Mr,
if this issue is still valid, you can PM me more details about this and I can have a closer look at this.
I want to eventually sell my idea to a company who could produce it. But I want o have my idea secured as my own so that it doesn't get stolen.
answered on Apr 7, 2022
This is a very common question. Unfortunately, you are not going to like the answer. I apologize in advance.
An idea, even after it has been flushed out to become a patentable invention, is not worth very much. Companies buy or license profitable businesses, profitable products or... Read more »
Obviously different use... but similar body shape.
answered on Feb 17, 2021
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 »
answered on Jul 6, 2020
Generally, liens are determined by state and local law – they can include filings with the state for a UCC filing based on a particular transaction or a particular form of security. If this is a contract dispute, consider using a local attorney to assess the case and determine if there is a way... Read more »
answered on Dec 5, 2019
Well, the patent owner gets a limited monopoly for a limited time, from which the patent owner can profit.
But what you are likely asking is what a lot of scientists, engineers, and other employees of large companies are asking: "I worked hard, invented this product that is being... Read more »
answered on Jul 11, 2019
Assuming that you are correct that the patent is expired, then the smart move would be to look for newer patents to that cite the patent you have found. Tips on how to do that are at http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching. You may want to check for other patents on this product by checking the assignee... Read more »
This question is based on a fake model part of an educational module. Due to the limited resources available to obtain such information, I am looking for rough estimates of the costs I should expect. Since the model is not realistic many factors are excluded.
answered on Apr 14, 2019
A patent costs around $20,000. It could be as little as $10,000, or as much as $40,000 or more.
A trademark will cost about around $800 to $1500 to get.
The old methods isolated unique sequences and showed that CH3 status of the sequence was important. The new method looks at all CH3 at once without any regard to sequence. It can be argued all patents looking at CH3 of specific sequences teach away. The new method does not identify any... Read more »
answered on Apr 3, 2019
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... Read more »
I'm worried about current patents and if I'm putting myself in jeopardy by offering these products?
answered on Mar 25, 2019
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... Read more »
Field Sock is attached 2 main sock & my 2nd design, the Field Sock is not attached to main sock.. I'm selling them as 2 different utility socks that serve different functions.
I have a provisional patent & in process of filing for Utility Patent.
answered on Feb 28, 2019
The USPTO Examiners have the option to say -- whoa -- you are asking me to do more than one patent's worth of work as there are more than one invention here. They can request that you seek to restrict the current application to just one claim cluster and leave other claim clusters for you to... Read more »
Many of our Dad's patents are being used & manufactured. We have original blue prints, etc to prove our Dad's patented designs. There is a company called Esmet in Canton, OH manufacturing his high security devices. I designed the Tufloc logo for my Dad's devices & company... Read more »
answered on Jan 13, 2019
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there is likely not much that you can do. A couple of notes:
(1) The point of a patent is to give the inventor the right to exclude others for a limited time. Thus, if your father obtained a patent for his invention in the 1970s, the patent has... Read more »
answered on Oct 23, 2018
It looks like this trademark is abandoned.
My grandparents had legal custody and guardianship of me and my brother when we were kids up until I turned 18 they're passed away and my uncles are trying to evict me from the home I live in which is my grandparents do they have the right evict me from her home even though she said I could... Read more »
answered on Sep 8, 2018
The short answer: you probably have an uphill battle.
One very fundamental value of estate planning is the opportunity to express your wishes in writing (through a will or trust instrument, for example) so that there will not be disputes after your death (or, at least, there may be less... Read more »
answered on Jun 17, 2018
The only way to know is to search. Even if you search you may have some small risk that a patent application is ahead of you in the pipeline but is not visible yet. However, searching is the commercially reasonable way to reduce your risk of running into a problem.
One strategy is to... Read more »
However, they do not... Read more »
answered on Jun 13, 2018
I do not see a patent issue here. I hope you find an attorney with the right background to help you. Ideally, this would have been something you worked out before you populated the site with data that you need.
You may want to Google around to see if others have dealt with this issue or... Read more »
I believe they were patent attorneys, as the firm name appears on several musical instrument patents around the stated time. Internet searches are futile, no matter the wording!
answered on May 15, 2018
My suggestion is that you find a Martindale-Hubbell directory for New York state from the appropriate time period.
I have never needed to look back that far but according to Wikipedia, Martindale-Hubbell was founded in 1868 so there may be a directory.... Read more »
answered on Feb 12, 2018
I am guessing that you have a pending provisional application that has a one-year anniversary in March. If you do not file a non-provisional application by the one-year anniversary, the provisional application will simply expire.
So your options are
1) File a non-provisional US... Read more »
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.