I received some claims from an American lawyer turned researcher that my research was impeding on several of their pending patents, along with some threats of legal pursuits. I was/am willing to collaborate, but I did/do not understand exactly what the problem was (my research seems related by easy to distinguish from the topics from the claimant, as we have quite distinct abilities), and when I asked to be sent the formal documents so that I could review them with a lawyer from my university, I was answered that those documents existed but could not be sent at the moment. Following (my own intuition and) the advice of some colleagues, I ignored the claims and threat.
Several months later, I still have no copy of such documents, but I have received formal notice that some claims had been filled against me regarding two of my research projects, and been proposed (one month later after the claimant saw my talks about such projects) a "deal" to the effect that the claimant would drop the claims in exchange of an agreement to avoid some research topics in the future. I will probably refuse such a "deal", especially when I strongly suspect a "bluff" when I do not know the base of such claims.
I am wondering if I could (legally!) find and access such "pending patent" given the name of their author? We have been trying to without success with a lawyer friend, but she is neither a specialist in patents nor in American law..