I am eligible for micro-entity filing status on my patent applications. However, it requires that one's name not be listed on more than four previous patents (I have zero currently), which limits me to five patents in total at the micro-entity fee rate. This is a problem, as I have nine separate inventions that I would like to patent. The regulations also stipulate that you cannot have someone else file a patent in their name with any agreement - written or otherwise - to pay you any income generated by that patent. This prevents individuals from filing more than five patents at the micro-entity rate by having others file for them. However, I have identified two possible ways around this:
After filing the maximum five patents at micro-entity status in my own name, I have someone else file the remaining four patents - without my name listed - and that person then sells those patents to me (for $1 each) after they are issued.
Similar to the above, another person files the other four patents in their own name. Instead of selling the patents to me, however, they market the patents themselves, and place any income created by them into an account of which we are joint owners.
Could either of these work? Thank you in advance for any input.