A good place to start is to look at patents for analogous products. That will help you understand what is already patented and how much effort it takes to secure a patent. My slides at http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching will give you some tips on patent searching using free tools.
If someone else filed for that second patent, I would argue that given my patent, that the second patent is obvious but it really isn't that obvious and I want to be the one to file before someone else does. An analogous example: Think of the old power line communications technology where using a... Read more »
Patent 1 is for an invention, patent 2 is an improvement to that invention. You can file an application to patent 2 as a CIP of the first application, or you can add a TD in the second filing, etc. Talk to your patent attorney more about this.
If you mean by "take" that you can pursue the patent process and obtain an issued patent and preclude others from practicing the invention. The answer is no as you were not the first to invent whatever is in the abandoned patent.
If you mean by "take" that you can make or use the ideas in...Read more »
Because of my work requiring me to travel and numerous floods in my home town at the time I forgot to pay the final maintenance fee and therefore the patent expired. Although I beleive the time limit has expired are will expire soon anyway I would like to revive it and also have questions about... Read more »
My colleague and I were responsible for 100% of the technical data and research for patent application and were inexplicably excluded by other colleague when he refiled secretly. We never assigned our rights and wish to contest right of ownership.
Can you advise me who we should contact at... Read more »
The starting point is the claims. This patent has one independent claim and several dependent claims. Then you use the rest of the patent as a dictionary to inform your understanding of the words in the claims.
1. A disposal unit for discarded smoking products comprising:
let my daughter visit her father in PA. He's been stalling with her for 2 weeks now to find out he filed for custody and for emergency petition. I have legal custody of her. He never established paternity and denied me every time I ask him to. I have a paternity petition going in my state Indiana.... Read more »
I can pay for a patent on my credit card, but I understand there are more expenses involved in marketing intellectual property. I need pro bono help if it is available. The USPTO mentions a Nationwide Pro Bono program for inventors, but the link took me to pro bono help for the arts in... Read more »
Since patent law is a federal law, you do not need a PA attorney to assist you to prosecute your patent application or similar matters in front of USPTO. However, if your patent case is in litigation, regardless in state court or federal district court in PA, you will need a PA licensed attorney to...Read more »
Talk to a patent litigation lawyer about patent enforcement rights and options.
Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it may not work...Read more »
You can search for patent ownership info on the uspto.gov website. A local patent lawyer can assist.
Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice,...Read more »
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