Regarding where to start, you should contact a qualified patent attorney, who can work with you to prepare a draft application for submission to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The attorney can also help you conduct a search and review of the relevant prior art before doing so, if desired, in...View More
Patent rights start with the inventors. The rights can be moved in their entirety through a type of contract known as an assignment. Many inventors are paid to invent by their employers and assign their inventions over to their employer. Rights can also be given to use the invention through a...View More
Yes, you should be able you, provided that the design is new and not obvious. Given that there are hundreds of different wedding stationery designs, and there may be other stationery in form of a magazine, it may be tough to get the design patent. You need to talk to a patent attorney.
USPTO records don't appear to show that the inventor assigned the patent to anyone, so presumably it remained the inventor's property and passed to his estate upon death. Assuming that the inventor left a will, the patent - like other property...View More
It would need to be something very unusual to get a patent on the specifics of the thread geometry. Virtually every possible combination of handedness, threadform, thread angle, lead, pitch, starts, has been done. There seems to be more appetite in the USPTO to grant patents for orthopedic bone...View More
The parts are sourced from an online community (LDraw.com) that models the LEGO parts in 3D attempting to digitally archive the LEGO parts, so they are as close to the original as possible. I am attempting to create a virtual reality game where these parts can be built in a similar way (but in a... View More
You can submit a provisional patent application that provides a description of how to make and use the invention. This will establish an international filing date. From this date you can further seek U.S. and international patent protection via subsequent patent filings.
My company is developing new software - I am NOT a part of the development team. But I have designed a far superior product that could potentially be worth millions to the company. If I present it to management, they could take it, hand it over to the development team, and potentially leave me out... View More
I am not a patent attorney but there may be a question as to whether the company already owns it even though they may not know about it. I see that you created it on your personal computer with non-company software, but did you create it on your personal time or on company time? Also, do you have...View More
Patent application #X was originally filed and later published in 2013 as I was employed by Applicant, I assigned it to them, patent was abandoned by applicant. I terminated my employment with them in January of 2016. They refilled the "same" patent in November 2018 but it got a different... View More
I am sorry, John, but it is very unlikely that you have any ownership stake in Patent #Y.
If patent #Y has issued, and it is pretty much the same as patent application publication #X, then Patent Application Y somehow claimed priority to X. It had to, because X would otherwise be cited...View More
Well, you are going to have to hire a patent attorney to give you an idea if what you want to do infringes or does not infringe on that patent. The patent attorney should also be able to let you know how to do what you want to do without infringing on the patent.
My ex wife and I have two boys who she have kept from me. I got married in 2016 and was put on child support. I am tired of being harassed and I’m tired of my children getting hurt by me trying to contact them. I currently have two girls by my current wife and none of us are allowed to contact... View More
You are not likely to be able to terminate your parental rights under these circumstances. Termination of parental rights is only permitted in limited circumstances. Generally, only voluntarily when there is another parent willing to step into the biological parent's place in a step-parent...View More
I am a physician assistant and I want to create a bandage that will help a lot of my urgent care patients with infection. I would like to know if I should pay for a professional patent search before I have a prototype?
I am glad that you are worried about coordinating the prototyping and patenting, before you bring your product to your patients and to the market. I’ve been working with a client for the past almost 2 years on getting a Class I medical device in the WOC field onto the market; I obviously can’t...View More
You have two issues in your question: infringement and patentability.
If you make, sell, or use a product that is patented by another party without the right to do so, then you need to be concerned about infringing the other party's patent. Now, if the other party's patent claims...View More
The idea I have if for a every day usage but the patent in mind is for medical usage. My idea still theoretically does the same but uses different materials and also it has usage after sporting events and after walking or working daily. Before I start the patent process I wanted to know if my ideas... View More
It is hard to really say one way or another without knowing more about it. If your product is the same (or close enough) as the patented product, but you want to use it for a different purpose, then you will likely not be able to get a patent for it. But if you tweak it enough, for example,...View More
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