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Q: I had one of these ideas for a long time. How much does a lawyer cost to help with a patent?

I have wanted to get patents but feel I couldn't afford it. What should I expect in the process of contacting a patent attorney and the cost?

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Apr 25, 2021

A patent is a business tool. Just like a rice milling machine, or a tractor trailer truck, or a deep ocean trawler, or a customer list. It is just a tool.

What I ask people who are interested in getting a patent is whether they have a plan on how to monetize the patent that I could get...
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Q: Can I patent a specific type of credit card?
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Nov 23, 2020

Yes, you should be able to do that.

The technology with credit cards has evolved by using raised numbers, then magnetic strips, then chips, so if you come up with yet another advance in technology, you should be able to get a patent on that.

Or if you make a credit card that is...
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Q: I'm buying an app for my business from India. I am in the US and need to protect my investment. How do I best proceed?

The developer is in India and has the ready-made app that I need to run my business. Developer is offering to sell me a license to use the app since I do not have the money to buy the app outright. However, I am concerned about paying for use of the app only and end up in a situation where the app... Read more »

John B. Hudak
John B. Hudak answered on May 26, 2020

The advice you are asking for might be too complicated to answer on a message board here. And, if it is a major business decision it should be done with the proper due diligence.

A potential tactic that can be used is ask the person you are buying the license from if they have a standard...
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Q: Should I check the box claiming small entity status if claiming micro entity status on the patent application data sheet

Hello, I have a question regarding a question on the patent application data sheet (PTO/AIA/14.) In the application section thereof it asks if small entity status is claimed. I am claiming micro entity status; however, I question whether or not I should check the box for small entity status as it... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Feb 16, 2019

I checked the small entity box on one of the first micro entity submissions I made as part of being a micro entity is that you qualify as a small entity. That confused people at the USPTO.

So if you are going to pay small entity fees, check small entity. If you are going to pay micro...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for Kentucky on
Q: If the use of "Starving Artist" is displayed differently such as using it on a logo does that still mean its protected?
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Feb 19, 2018

It depends on what is trademarked. It could be the logo, it could be the stylized lettering, or it could be the text itself. You, or your trademark lawyer, should be able to find out upon examining the Trademark Office files.

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