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Patent enquiry for Eco friendly products

My application requested for an existing U.S. patent was filed, I received a copy personally signed by a certifying officer in the mail. Does this mean I have been granted the use of this patent. Or ...
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Do I need to assign the rights of a patent to the company I consult with?

I am a designer. One of the companies that I contract with is applying for patents. What is the protocol for a contractor to sign over the rights of the IP. The company owner says that they would ...
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Is an inventor obliged to assign patent rights to a company in order to be named as an inventor in the patent?

If a company misses to name an inventor in an already filled patent application, and the inventor requests to be added, is she obliged to assign rights to the company as a prerequisite for having them ...
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What if the inventor of the idea is dead?

Some of these patents have been patent back in the mid 1900's. How do I know if these people are still alive? And if not, how can I take over the patent? Are the patents moved on to the next family ...
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What is the patent owner law in US?

Let say this patent for an example: http://www.google.com/patents/USD285687 The inventors are: Jerrold C. Manock, Terrell A. Oyama, Steven P. Jobs They are working in Apple and invent that. If ...
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Can a patent with a common assignee to a patent application not be used as prior art against the patent application?

This question answers whether a prior patent application can be used against a newer commonly owned patent application, but my question is what situations (if any) exist where a prior publication, or ...