Kevin E. Flynn's answer I am going to assume that your fact pattern is that you invented a new nanomaterial and communicated details about this new material to a person in the US. That person has subsequently filed a patent application which you have seen as it has published.
Step 1 -- take care to preserve all information that can substantiate not only that you were the first to invent but your communications which provided the details of this invention to the party in Texas.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer This tool might be helpful. Just as you record your ownership of a house with the local county records department, you record the movement of patent rights from an inventor into a company. If you know the name of the company you invested in, you can look for that company name as the assignee in the United States Patent and Trademark Database. https://assignment.uspto.gov/patent/index.html#/patent/search
This is not foolproof as they might not have followed the rules and recorded...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer Step 1 -- you can pull up issued patents with class 706/12 using the USPTO search tools. http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=0&p=1&f=S&l=50&Query=ccl%2F706%2F12%0D%0A&d=PTXT (Long URL as I formatted the search for you).
Step 2 -- you can get the PDF via Google Patents or pat2pdf.org.
Step 3 -- for published patent applications you can use https://search.freshpatents.com/?q=706%2F12.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer First, the concept of being an inventor is not directly related to the percentage of work by the various members on the team. I have filed patents where team members that did much of the modeling, documentation, testing, and even optimizing of a design did not get named as a co-inventor as they did not contribute a specific idea that was captured in one of the claims in the claim set we filed.
Second, the concept of being an inventor when properly understood is dynamic. So a person...
Peter D. Mlynek's answer The COST of getting a single US patent is several tens of thousands of US dollars. It could be as little as $10K, or as much as $50K+. It depends on many factors.
Now, the VALUE of a patent, once the US Patent Office grants it, is determined the same as the value of anything else. The value of a patent depends on the market; the value of a patent is somewhere between whatever the owner of the patent is willing to sell it for and whatever the purchaser is willing to buy it for. It...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer Wow -- there are a hundred things and you need not wait until you have your patent issued to start on them. You can start on some activities by reaching out to vendors using a Non-Disclosure Agreement before filing the patent application. The toughest issue for many entrepreneurs is working out a sales channel and a business plan. Are you going to sell online? Are you going to get a major store or catalog to carry your product?
In each state, there is a group run by the local...
He will continue to be the inventor on the patents. You (or anyone else) cannot put it into your name.
The ownership of the patent will undoubtedly continue to be Lockheed Martin. If your husband was employed by LM, and a part of his job was to invent stuff for LM, then the patents on his inventions are owned by LM. Unless someone at LM really screwed up (which is highly unlikely with a sophisticated company like LM) there is...
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer The 17-18 year old could be facing up to 20 years in the state penitentiary, a $10,000 fine, and a lifetime of registering as a Sex Offender. Age 16 is the oldest in the juvenile justice system so he would be prosecuted as an adult. If that doesn't scare him away then he is not a person that makes good decisions in life. At his age, he should be planning for college, not dating an 8th grader.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer You are correct that this is a legitimate worry. Patent liability attaches to those who make, use, sell, offer to sell, or possess an item that infringes an unexpired US patent.
If your supplier is located outside of the US, the patent owner may sue you and leave it to you to collect from your supplier if you have an indemnity clause with your supplier that the supplier will indemnify you from patent infringement claims. If you provided the specifications to the supplier, then it is...
Peter D. Mlynek's answer It looks like you don't have to worry about that patent. According to https://portal.uspto.gov/pair/PublicPair, Patent US 6,621,502 expired due to nonpayment of maintenance fees under 37 CFR 1.362
Dillon B Norton's answer I'm terribly sorry to hear about your mother's loss and how complicated this is for your family. Without a bit more information it's difficult to determine what the proper outcome should be as it depends on many factors. One thing I know for sure is that you need to hire a probate attorney to help you with this issue.
If she had a will, start there. If the will names him as the beneficiary of the estate 100%, then you should think about contesting the will as people are not entitled to...
Peter D. Mlynek's answer The patent number should be written on the tool. If for whatever reason it is not, then it should be on packaging.
If the patent information is not on either, then according to the law someone making copies of the tool won’t be liable for patent infringement until the patent owner informs him of it. 35 U.S.C. § 287. So, it is generally OK to copy the product before being informed about the patent, but not afterwards.
The problem for a tool maker who wants to make copies...
1) Good news -- you can work with a competent patent attorney from anywhere. You do not have to use the patent attorney that is in your state. This is because the patent registration is granted by the Federal government and allows anyone with that registration to help folks obtain US patents.
2) Bad news -- you may not be able to pick the few attorneys with the best experience in this area. If they...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer I am sorry, your question was posted to Patents (with a T) rather than Parents (with an R). I hope Justia will fix their list to make this easier on people by changing Patents to Patents/Inventions.
I hope you find the right answer from someone with skills in family law.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer The short answer is that if what you have is a valuable idea, that you patent it from each viable angle to make it more difficult for someone to design around your idea.
Having claims of different scopes of the product, the material in the product, the method of making the product, and perhaps even the method of using the product may all be options. There may be yet other options that a patent attorney would suggest after you discuss your product in detail.
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