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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 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.
My father put my name on the house deed like 2-3 years ago it's still processing, but a few weeks ago he brought his girlfriend to live with us. She hates me and tries to make everything hers, if after a couple years or if my father pass will she be entitled to anything here? Or can I put her... Read more »
If this about an assignment of a patent, your primary concern is the enforceability of the assignment agreement. First review the assignment agreement for things like termination, reversion of interests, etc. If the assignment was completed (signed with performance), the company owns the patent and...Read more »
Utility patents (i.e. desalinization and car parts) last for 20 years from the priority or filing date. They also require maintenance fees to remain active (if the payments are missed, they cannot be retroactively paid for). You can check the PTO website, but it is very likely the patents have all...Read more »
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