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For questions broadly relating to the licensing and legal sharing of patents. Note that questions about specific license agreements are off-topic.

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Does Free license projects need to worry about patents?

I want to create a new OS which runs on a Micro-controller (like Raspberry pi pico). Only I must control every aspect of this project and I don't allow any contributor. I have plan to publish it with ...
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what incentive is there for a company to buy or license an invention before the patent is approved?

So an inventor as submitted its utility patent applicable, which may or may not be approved years from now. He then tries to solicit companies to buy his invention immediately after submitting his ...
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If I license my patent to a corporation, would that tip them off to try to claim this patent in another country?

So let's suppose that I have been granted a patent in the US. I then license out this patent to a manufacturer to market the product in the US. The manufacturer obviously believes in the product, ...
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Licensees of standard essential patents

Does anyone know of any lists providing the licensee of SEPs within a handful of industries (such as IoT, cellular, wifi and similar)? I'm trying to investigate how SEP licensing fees may affect small ...
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How would you find someone with expertise on selling to Patent Assertion Entities?

I've tried googling all sorts of different sentences trying to find information on PAEs. Nothing that comes up is of any use. Here is my situation: My patent was granted in 1 country, pending in ...
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How do companies like ARM handle improvements to their patent licenses?

I am trying to get a clearer picture of how companies like ARM manage to stay afloat with just IP/Royalties. Recently ARM licensed some of it's instruction sets to Apple in order to design/build the ...
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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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Does a company have to disclose licensed patents?

I am attempting to compare two technologies, one of which is claimed to be covered by a licensed patent. The company says that it does not disclose it's licensed patents. My understanding is that ...
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How much can you change a PPA when converting into Non-Provisional such that you will be able to keep the PPA date?

Concerned with PPA “converting” to Non-Provisional I am in the process of drafting up a software Provisional Patent Application. I have an issue in that there are parts of the system that require ...
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I created an object that I never patented but someone else did I don't know

I created an object but never got around to patent it. I mailed the drawings and all my design ideas to myself to protect the right of later patenting it. I still have that mailing unopened in my ...
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Valuation of Patents

When it comes to licensing or selling a patent it is important to know its estimated value. My question is how someone can find appropriate method/methods for patent valuation ? I know there is many ...
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Can I patent and create an existing service with a different name, in a different state?

If I wanna patent my idea.. but there currently already have an app of it in a different state for which it's present, could I use and patent my idea that's similar to the existing one without getting ...
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Patent exhaustion: services utilizing a patented device

Assume a patent is awarded with apparatus and method claims applying to some device with an intended process. For example, consider a potato peeler intended to be swiped across potatoes, in which ...
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Planning ahead for exploring licensing possibilities for a computer-related patent [closed]

(lead-in/background to the questions): I spent nearly a year developing the idea and determining what distinguishes the concept from prior art. I filed a provisional application in April. I have ...
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What does an implementation cost? [closed]

In reference to the patent: US7441367 What royalties would be due for an implementation of this patent (Or is the intent to prevent said invention from being implemented)?
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Will paying for US patent from foreigner be considered importing?

I am foreigner of USA, and have an US application in defense article. If a US company pay for that patent, is it considered importing technology? Since the tech is available in the US territory ...
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Patenting medicinal plants in Australia [closed]

Interest in associated costs and what potentially pharmaceutical companies may pay for such patents? Also do patents generate money without selling them?
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Acquiring freedom to operate

I am developing a hardware product that I would like to sell. It is fairly novel, in that there is nothing with similar capabilities on the market today. However, I have identified at least 1-2 ...
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Could I allow the public to build proof of concept while protecting my patent rights?

I have filed a provisional patent for my holographic system. This is a field crowded with, sometimes literally, smoke and mirrors, systems that fail to work, or deliver the promised effect. This has ...
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Are other parties free to innovate on my invention?

If another party patents an invention which builds on my own, do they have to get a license from me before they can start manufacturing their product? For example, if I invented the 'chair', and ...
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Additional Design Patent as backup for a Provisional Patent (strategy)

I am considering filing both a provisional patent application and a design patent application. The design patent application would be a backup if the reviewer would abandon the provisional, so that at ...
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is this patent protected outside of the US?

In reference to the patent: US8739921 is this patent only protected in the US?
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Combining patented products

I have found 4 patented products combined together created a cream that has amazing results on burns and non-specific skin conditions. Am I able to patent my product?
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What was the duration of the exclusive right granted to rizla+ over this patent?

In reference to the patent: US4985302
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What if two persons on the Patent had nothing to do with the development or invention of the patent [closed]

In reference to the patent: US8689717
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Is there a maximum that someone could charge for licencing a patented technology?

Also, can a patent holder decide to not let someone use their patented technology altogether?
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Where can I find information on change in ownership of patent or licensing deals

I am searching for a database detailing post-grant legal events such as licensing of rights or transfer of ownership. I am willing to subscribe to a payment-based database.
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Violation of trademark/Patent?

In my National and PCT International, patent specification I have included an apparatus called Annular finned-tube heat exchanger, which is new in design. This heat exchanger is ring/annular like in ...
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Assigning Patents To Different People For Same Device For Over 100 Years, US 8567565 B2

Chain lubricating apparatus and method US 8567565 B2 This appears to be the same idea repackaged by different individuals for over 100 years. Is this a common practice? Also can BKC renew the ...
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Is patent US 4,734,658 A avalible free of change in commercial products? [closed]

In reference to the patent: US 4,734,658 A We are from India, we wish to use this patent in one of our products. Can we use this patent free of charge or we have to pay some amount?
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If you improve on a design do you still need to ask permission/pay royalties?

Say there is a patent out there for something, say a fork and I improve on the design in some fundamental way even though the core of the object is still fork like, do I still have to get permission/...
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How can an academic lab explore RPA?

In reference to the patent: US 9,057,097 B2 Much of this technique was described previously in Piepenburg et al. (PLoS ONE, 2006). Can academic labs explore this approach using the method described ...
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Patent enforcement

Can a US company which does not hold a patent for a product or method sell a US patented product or use a US patented method overseas without a licensing agreement? Is a US patent enforceable against ...
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there a patent on my idea but it is expired how do I get the rights?

I came up with an idea and after getting it submitted to a patent agent. I found that something similar had been submitted in 1998. I was told by my agent that there is nothing I can do as far as ...
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What patents do I need to buy or lease to make and sell an electric guitar to the public?

I want to make and sell my own electric guitars. However, I have not invented the instrument, nor was I the inventor of any of the major advances in the field. However, I have some changes (mostly ...
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Question on rights to patent [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: US20040108409 I would like to purchase rights to this patent if the inventor is interested. Can you please point me in the right direction? Thank you.
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Printing the patent image from US patent [duplicate]

IN reference to :- US2249572 Wearable bone-conduction hearing aid Do I need permission to print an image from patent? Is it public domain? USE:- Printing would be on vinyl wallcovering and ...
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Patenting something that uses components already patented

I would like to patent a new device that solves a new problem, which uses some components which are already patented. Can I file that patent? In the case I licence it, do I need to arrive to an ...
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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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Licensing Strategies and Negotiaitons

Q: What is your seasoned opinion on how to best proceed to negotiate a profitable and fair licensing deal under the following circumstances. I most appreciate opinions from those who have actually ...
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licensing and/or Implementations? [closed]

How can I find out if this patent (WO 2011160165 A1) has been implemented in any hardware devices and whether it's available for licensing? Thank you.
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When will this patent be availabe for clinical application by healthcare professionals? [closed]

I am a healthcare professional (RMT) in Ontario with many patients who come to me concerned with their cellulite. I also educate the public about cellulite and provide treatments geared specifically ...
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Lacrosse Training Patent

wo2013026156a1 This seems like an interesting concept but there are no drawings. Will the patent be awarded? Have prototypes been submitted? Are they looking for a manufacturer?
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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 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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When can I start using an expiring patent?

I came up with an idea for a new product and began researching the process for getting a patent etc. Along the way I found that a patent existed for this idea. After speaking to the patent owner they ...
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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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What type of patent do I need?

I have several ideas I want to develop prototypes on, get patent then pitch (license) idea to a manufacturer who has the manufacturing capabilities and distribution to bring product to market. My ...
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Current status US 4132029

Looking for the current status of this patent. Is it still valid? Who holds the rights to it, or who owns it?
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Hot Swap Tray patents

A lot of rackmount server case are equipped with hot-swappable tray. Rackmount case brand might have different design of hot-swappable tray but the mechanical engineering can be actually or almost ...
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