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Q: If you have a fantasy sports game unlike the typical fantasy game can it be patented

Kevin E. Flynn answered on Nov 4, 2018

Possibly, but it will be difficult. After the decisions in Supreme Court Cases Bikski and Alice, it is fairly difficult to patent a computer program unless the computer program makes the computer operate more efficiently.

Step One is that you should look at recently issued patents to see...
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Q: how can I find out if Gibson still has a patent on a GA-79RVT guitar amplifier made in 1961

Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 17, 2018

It would be highly unusual for something that came out in 1961 to still have a patent as patent term back then was 17 years from issue. However, if for some reason they battled for decades to get a patent out, then a patent application filed back then could come out tomorrow and have a term of 17... Read more »

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Q: What is a utility patent?

Peter D. Mlynek answered on Sep 26, 2018

It is just another name for a regular patent (i.e., not a design patent or a plant patent, both of which are rare).

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Q: How can I find out if there is an monetary benefit from patents filed by a deceased relative?

My late son worked for a large company from which we have requested a copy of any release he signed as a condition of employment, relinquishing any profit from patents he filed. We have not received a copy of any such release. How should we proceed?

Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jun 22, 2018

First, I am sorry that your son has died. As a parent, I do not want to attend a funeral for any of my children.

You can check to see if any patents or published applications in the US system have your son as assignor (person granting rights)....
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Q: Patent/Copywrite/Trademark Question... I need some clarification.

I am starting a craft business and I have been looking into the law relevant to that. I recently read a blog post about how a person had to take down their clip art listing from Etsy because it infringed on a patent. The clip art design was a green tractor with yellow wheels. She said that there... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jan 19, 2018

There are a lot of people that are pretty unclear on the difference between patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

I cannot see a way for John Deere to own generic images of tractors under a utility patent. They could chase protection for a particular way their actual tractor (or a toy...
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Q: If my ex-wife has my name taken off my daughter's birth certificate will I have to still pay child support?

She wants to change our daughter last name to her maiden name and take me off the birth certificate

Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Jun 26, 2017

Yes, the birth certificate is not controlling or conclusive. If this is your child ( and since you call her your 'ex-wife" I assume you were divorced and the divorce papers establish a child support obligation), the only way your child support obligation will cease early ( prior to age 18 or... Read more »

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Q: How should I go about getting a patent? I know there will be contracts involved, so I want to be careful.

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 13, 2015

Please elaborate. Are you a health care provider?

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Q: how is it possible that the US Government can put a patent out on marijuana?

how is it possible that the US Government can put a patent out on marijuana? i do not understand this because it is not something man has created.Thats just like me putting a patent in for water. So please elaborate for me. thanks

Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 30, 2015

More information is needed to answer. A local patent lawyer can review the patent and advise.

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...
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Q: Is there an official application data sheet 37 1.76 form for provisional patent application?

Hong Shen answered on Jan 26, 2011

You do not need ADS for provisionals. All you need is the cover sheet SB16 to indicate the application is a provisional.

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Q: If I am attempting to patent something, how much is a lawyer needed?

Paul Overhauser answered on Jan 11, 2011

If you have experience with patents, you may not need an attorney. For example, if you are an inventor at a large company that has patented may of your ideas, you may be very familiar with the process and how to write an application. Failing this, you really should use an attorney. I say this... Read more »

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