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How best to patent idea while working for company?

I have an idea I would like to patent. I have not started working on the idea yet (and I'll swear to that in court). How best to keep my job without losing my intellectual property rights? The idea ...
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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 ...
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Patent filed under boss name

I had made 2 inventions and has done all paper works (write ups and drawings) required to file a patent. The patent was to be filed in my boss name as first author (though hes not the inventor) and me ...
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What constitues/definition of an inventor. Does it simply boil down to claims in a patent?

I have had a business partner for twenty years. We came together in my Business that he used as the birth of the IP in question. Listing himself on publications founder/owner with the exclusion of not ...
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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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who is the patent troll suing small companies on 5506866? which inventor sold the rights to them?

Who is the "Delaware-based" troll suing small companies on US5506866 currently? Who sold the rights to said troll?
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Who decides a patent is FRAND/RAND?

Trials involving Google, Motorola, Microsoft and Apple about patents and especially FRAND patents are hitting the news everyday. But who decides a patent has to be offered under FRAND terms? ...
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Handling ownership and patent initiation of intellectual property

I've been developing a software and am now bringing in additional people to the project, who want to work on it for a share of future profit. I founded a company (currently an LLC) to host this ...
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Can I Do A Title Search On A Patent or a Copyright Like With Real Estate? [on hold]

Let's suppose I write a book, (invent a gizmo) a miracle happens, and I get a movie deal (or a manufacturing deal). Can I walk into a real estate title search agency to check on liens and claims ...
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Patent purchase

I would like to own this patent but have no idea how to go about redeeming this patent. Who will I need to contact in order to purchase the patent. It appears to be inactive. Charlie
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Tracking patent history

Is there a way to track the history of this patent? It was my Great Grandfather's and we never knew he held a patent. I'm interested in learning more, such as whether he ever sold the ...
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I left the institution. Do I have rights to the invention as a co-author?

Do I have rights as the first co-author of the paper behind the invention (Shan et al PNAS)? This was filed without my knowledge since I left this institution.
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Who has the rights to patent US 7775666

I've taken an interest US 7,775,666, but I am new to the intricacies of the patent system. How do I figure out: Who owns the '666 patent; Who else may have license rights to this patent; and How ...
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Can one author exclude another author from an invention?

For context, a patent is being based on a paper I coauthored with my former post-doc advisor in graduate school five years ago (i.e., I was first author, he was the last author). I just learned that ...
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I had an idea for a patent, told a select few and then saw my idea on the US patent site

I had an idea for a patent and I reached out to a friend and put me in touch with a patent lawyer to discuss with the patentability of the concept. He advised that it would cost a lot of money to file ...
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How can I receive “good consideration” as mentioned in this assignment document?

I previously was the lead developer in a software project. They have contacted me and attempted to trick me into signing a patent assignment. It says "in consideration of good and valuable ...
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What if someone stole an idea and patented it?

What if an idea was preposed, and not patented... and someone stole it and claimed it of their own, what could be the outcome? Can the developer of that idea take that patent for their own? Or ...
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Re Patent us194726 - I am a direct descendant of William Adolphus Ross - how do I go about claiming ownership of this patent

I am a direct descendant of the person who registered this patent. How would I go about getting this patent assigned to me?
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Patent protected

I am new to this patent protected deal and do not understand. I was looking to make some wind spinners like the ones described like this patent. Is this patent 4578291 still protected and valid. It is ...
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Looking for information about inventor of us20050211962 [duplicate]

How can I reach the inventor of this patent application? Patent Application: us20050211962 Looking for a phone number or email address to ask implementation details about the invention described in ...
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Who is the current owner of US 6352164 B1?

Does anyone know who is now the owner of this Patent (US6352164 B1) at this time? It seems the onership of the company has changed hands.
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Is US6796360 “Shade Tensioner” Patent still in effect?

I want to know if the maintenance fees are current and if specialty window coverings still have claim to us6796360 patent.
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Should I keep my patent's ownership or assign it to an entity that I own?

I am filing a patent application (pro se) and am wondering whether it is a good idea to assign it to an LLC that I own or to just keep it under my name. I'm assuming here for this question that it ...
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Can I buy and use a patented technology without incurring in troubles?

We are a new start-up team based in Europe and have few or none knowledge on usage of patents and patented technology. We designed a chemical process that includes buying and using a patented ...
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OS/Business and copyrights [closed]

Can I take a distro of Linux, rewrite and pass it of as my own for profit? Example: I want to make a console. Can I take the Linux os, add/remove some feature and use the new distro in my console and ...
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Will “Commissioned work” apply for my “not related to work” idea?

I made some ideas when I was working as a contract employee. At that time I have sent those ideas to R&D persons. They didn't make reply after that. Now my contract was over and I came out of the ...
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Who owns the patent for the 'swipe' keyboard?

I found two patents that relate to the swipe mechanism of typing for touch screen devices. By swipe, I mean the typing mechanism made popular by Swype or swift key and now being implemented in iOS 8. ...
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How to contact owner or licensee of US Patent #6012310 lock [duplicate]

I bought a house with this lock but it didn't come with a key (which I just had made) or the code. How can I find out how to recode this lock? Thank you.
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A company is formed to own the patents of two coinventors. What are best practices for type of company and bylaws? [on hold]

A coinventor and I have filed and future filings as coinventors. We understand it's best protection for both of us to have a corp own the Patents rather than ourselves, with us owning the corporation. ...
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Product location investigation [on hold]

Quick answer: Is product patented under # available? Yes? no? I am searching for current distributors of vinyl words found some years ago; patent #4581088. Pls forward contact & ordering ...
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How many owners of this patent are currently living?

It is to my knowledge that all of the living members who created this invention and this patent died in the Malaysian flight. What happens to the patent now? Is it up for grabs again?
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How do I find the current owner of an EP-patent?

Given an EP (European patent) I can find who applied for the patent, but how do I find whether the patent has been sold to another owner and who this other owner is?
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Patent Royalties / Ownership

I just discovered that my grandfather had established a US, CA, and GB patent for a pontoon floating bridge around 1930. My grandfather died at an early age around 1941 and the patent was left to the ...
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Is this the way that we can get people off of welfar? [closed]

By the way if we made these into space suits we could already be on Mars living happily? I don't see why we can't stop working our asses into a hotbox here on Earth and finally go somewhere and ...