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For questions relating to the rules and standards of inventorship, as indicated and used by the United States Patent Office.

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Multiple inventions in US provisional patent, inventors in split application?

Say a company files a provisional with three completely different inventions. Inventors A & B worked on idea 1, inventors C & D on idea 2, inventor F on idea 3. 11 months later two ...
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Who will be the assignee in such hypothetical situation?

Who will be the assignee in such hypothetical situation? Imagine a hypothetical situation where Alex works in company A and his friend Bob works in company B. One patentable idea came up from both of ...
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How to prevent colleagues infiltrating my patent?

I disclosed a patentable concept to my employer and some other colleagues who were tasked to evaluate technical feasibility, they try to instead propose "improvements". This is despite ...
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Transfering ownership before grant

I (private individual) am going to apply for a patent, and would like to subsequently transfer the ownership of this application to a newly formed company. Is this possible or do i have to wait until ...
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How can I prove to someone that the inventor of an USPTO-granted patent is actually me?

What are the reliable ways to justify to a third party that the inventor of an USPTO granted patent (i.e. linked in google patents) is actually me (given that I am the real inventor)? Update: As Eric ...
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Can co-inventor add other co-inventors without my knowledge?

A little under a year ago, I filed my first provisional patent (in the USA) with a very small group of people. Recently, it came to my attention that one of the co-inventors has added a bunch of other ...
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Change of inventorship after allowance

Can my employer remove my name from a patent after it is allowed (but not issued yet) and the fees are paid for?
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A previous employer has patented something I helped invent but hasn't included me as an inventor. What are my options?

I was browsing patents filed by an old employer and noticed that some tech I worked on has been patented. While I was there, I was told this would be a trade secret and wouldn't be patented. The ...
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Who is the inventor in an invention composed of several already existing sub-devices?

Let´s assume that a company has designed and developed several "building blocks", components, elements or devices that when combined and considered in a specific way (and only in that way) ...
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Question about joint patent ownership

Suppose company A and company B jointly own the rights of a patent, and that this patent results from the work collaboration between inventor 1 (from company A) and inventors 2, 3 (from company B). ...
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Co-authors that quit during software development and such software is using later in a patent, should they be added as coauthors/inventors?

We have a situation in which we developed some software, where four previous members of our research group participated some time ago. Then they left the group, and said that from then on, they did ...
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Inventor omitted from the provisional application

I am contesting the list and order of inventors on the patent that my former company is filing. Firstly, they added many more "inventors" even though the idea and whole planning for testing ...
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Would it be considered appropriate for a large corporation to patent a design they had nothing to do with coming up?

We developed a device for improving the results on a piece of equipment we designed and built for another corporation. After delivery of the entire piece of equipment, they went and patented our idea ...
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My professor did not write my name in the inventor list although I am the lead author on the publication that claim the product

I am current graduate (international) student in a chemistry lab in USA which filed a provisional patent. I just discovered a few days ago that I am not the inventor on the patent although I solely ...
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Is there a limit to the number of individuals that can be named on a patent application as inventors?

I've seen patent applications with eight or ten co-inventors. Is there an upper limit to the number of inventors you can list, or, theoretically speaking, if a hundred or ten thousand people were ...
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Can a co-inventor (not the applicant) correspond with the patent office?

As a co-inventor, can I be involved in correspondence with the patent office (USPTO and others)? For instance, can I file for some claim amendments? If not, can the other co-inventor who is also the ...
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Addition To Patents

If you have a vending machine that distributes beverages on the left side and cooks and distributes pizza on the other. Could this be patent? even though vending machines have already been patented ...
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Co-inventorship when claims based on the contributing inventor's concepts are dropped during prosecution

First, an explanation of the overall context is needed: A CIP has been filed by a sole inventor (me). After filing, it was decided that another individual probably should have been credited as a co-...
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When an unnecessary inventor is listed in EP & US patent

In the US and EP, if an unnecessary inventor who has not contributed to the invention at all is listed as one of the inventors, can it be invalidated, challenged, or restricted exercise? In this case,...
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Micro Entity Filing Status and ownership issues when there is more than one inventor

An individual whom I paid for advice in preparation of my latest application, a CIP, has asked if I would include his name as a co-inventor. He says it is a request, not an expectation, and it's not ...
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Co-inventor filed same invention again as sole inventor -- Double patenting? Inequitable conduct?

I am a co-inventor together with a fellow engineer. Some time ago, we filed a provisional for our invention and close to 12 month later, in coordination with the co-inventor, I filed a PCT application ...
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Am I an inventor if I created the prediction model the product relies on?

I was brought on to a developing project to solve a key issue with implementing the idea. The solution was to develop a prediction model that I determined and built from scratch. This model was ...
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How many granted patents are required to be considered a prolific inventor?

Wikipedia has a list that enumerates inventors with 200 or more utility patents. Nobody doubts they are the top prolific inventors in the world. Some companies, like IBM, recognize their brightest ...
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How to Patent Artwork Plus Captioning

I have an idea for a T-shirt design. It involves artwork plus captioning. Do I have to patent the artwork and the captioning separately? How does one afford such patents?
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Making of the dishwasher [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US20160278604 I'd need to contact Mr. Alpert or one of the others inventors of this patent for having some more information about this patent and others like this. Where ...
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Can a person with a concept patent technicle specifications of an engineer Without adding his name to a patent

We were asked to assist a person who had a concept of creating avatars to raise funds and become partners in a JV. In the process we found out he did not have any technicle knowledge what so ever and ...
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Added inventor to ADS accidentally, received Notice for Missing Parts for declaration

I added a co-inventor from a previous patent to a continuation patent application. He felt he should not be named, so didn't send an oath or declaration. I forgot to remove his name, so his name was ...
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If an individual had a role in "correcting" my mistakes/work, do they have rights to my idea(s)?

Say I had a design/concept presented to an expert, and that person had analyzed and discovered a mistake in my work, then I proceeded to solve that problem. Do they have rights to my idea? Claiming ...
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Company Patented My Internship Work

I had a summer internship with a big corporation last year and I just found that they filed a patent based on my work without notifying me or including my name. I signed IP waivers but cannot recall ...
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A patent from a company and from private

It may be a silly question, but I cannot answer to myself. Let's say I have a big invention in my hands and I am working as engineer in a company. Are opening two main scenarios: Finalize the ...
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Question about the original assignee in this patent

In reference to the patent: US3450248 Who or what is Roto Rico Co Inc and how can i find them.
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Why can the image not be viewed?

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retractable helicopter pump [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US20100178176 Hello, I'm trying to find the original designers of the retractable helicopter pump and either get in contact with them or who is the current commercial ...
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What is their legal title?

If an inventor originated with all the ideas, and another individual who is a-part of the development had the role of only analyzing and criticizing the idea(for it's failures & successes) without ...
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How do I protect my rights to royalties as inventor when collaborating on a patent?

I have an idea for an invention that uses another company's invention. I called the owner and revealed the idea without disclosing how the invention would work. This technology is relatively new and I ...
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Who gets credit on a patent?

I'm a student who I developing hardware/software for a product design that is going to be patented (applied). Am I being used? Or should I only do the work to develop the prototype if I get credit on ...
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Stolen inventorship and compensation

I worked as a consultant a Chinese company and we had a confidentiality agreement and written agreement (hand note signed) about ownership and patents applications and royalty payment. After I ...
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Can I share my patent with my professor?

I'm working on an invention, and currently stuck on a problem, I know the solution to, but don't know how to build it, and I'm asking a professor at my university for help. If he helped me, does he ...
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Does part ownership in a patent mean the owner was a contributor to the invention?

In reference to the patent: US 1,095,168 A My great-grandfather received royalties in the amount of 5/375 interest from this patent, even though his name appears no where in the documentation. Does ...
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Patent Share between Stakeholders

I will make a patent application. There will be names of two persons in the patent file. We want to share patent right not equally but 80% - 20%. How can that be possible? How can we specify this in ...
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How can I protect a new form of physical fitness, using conventional workout routines and moves, on an non-conventional surface?

How do I protect two new ideas for getting fit? The work outs themselves are, for the most part, common practice in gyms during floor routines, aerobic classes, and step workouts. Only the surfaces on ...
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How is this different from a regular market mix model?

In reference to the patent: US 2013/0166351 A1 Many organizations have market mix models implemented within a defined processing system. How is this different?
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Who is in control of the patent?

If an inventor and co-inventors are related to a certain patent, who control's the rights our anything related to the invention? The inventors or the co-inventors? I want to understand the position/...
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Want to leave my job, but have a patent pending for work I did while working at that corporation

I have a patent pending for something I invented while working for my current employer. A provisional and final patent application has been filed with me listed as sole inventor, working through the ...
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How to change the order of inventors after a patent is granted?

Is it possible to change the listed order of inventors after a utility patent application is granted by USPTO? And if so, how could I go about doing that?
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My old patented invention appears to be patented again

In reference to the patent: US 8,384,613 What one has to do, if this patent is not new and just gives the same idea patented in 1990? I would be grateful on an answer.
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stealing the provisional patent application

Please, I want to question is it possible exposure to stealing the provisional patent application? If presented to companies through NOLO Company or other, And whether enough contract agreement to ...
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How does First to File affect multiple inventors?

How does first to file affect multiple inventors? It used to be that if an author/inventor was not listed on the patent the author could lose the patent rights due to the multiple inventor rule. ...
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Can I file a patent on my mother's name since I work for a company?

I am employee of a company and all my work, even it is outside of work, is owned by company. I signed this common agreement while joining. Now, I have an idea that I want to patent on my own. Since ...
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Why does Google Patents not display the primary inventor's name first?

In reference to the patent: US8897091 I, Zabih Toosky, am the primary inventor of the circuit in this patent. Why does Andy Burstein's name appear first on Google Patents' list of inventors?
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