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Is it a red flag for a patent attorney to be a prolific inventor in diverse fields

A patent attorney has several patents to her name in very diverse fields. Some inventions are routine utilities, while others are highly technical & domain specific. The latter makes me wonder ...
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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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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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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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How to Find current Ownership of a patent?

In reference to the patent: USD259587 Ways to figure out the current legal ownership status of patent?
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Patent protection: Through Inventor or Company name

When three inventors file a provisional patent application, should we file under our individual names sharing the patent or under our company name?
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How can I determine what other patents are on a product?

In reference to the patent: USD563530 I've come across this patent, and I'd like to find out what other patents are on this product. Specifically, I'd like to find any design patents that relate to ...
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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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Question regarding employee vs employer patent ownership

I am employed by a big IT consulting firm or IT services industry in USA (IT and business consulting) at the senior management level (I am not hired to develop software or IT/non IT products, but only ...
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US patent application based on the contents of Chinese patent applications

I have some patent questions related to several Chinese patent applications, which belong to my company (US company) and a Chinese company. I asked the Chinese company with my company to file a US ...
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Can a contract override a previous patent?

Forgive me if this question makes no sense or seems trivial; my profession is in molecular biology, so I am here from the Biology Stack Exchange and know very little about patents. I am wondering ...
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What can I do to someone who stole my idea and patented it?

What can I do to someone who stole my idea and patented it? He stole this idea from me when I let him live with me while he was separated from his wife. Knowing that I didn't have the money to hire a ...
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Can GitHub code be considered prior art? What if its in a private repository?

I may file a patent in the future that relates to a user interface on smartphones. In the meant time, I am building the algorithm stored in a GitHub repository. My question is: Can I use this GitHub ...
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How can I ensure that patents for software I create for my company are used in good faith?

The company I work for is filing a software patent (US and Canada) based on the software that I have created for them. The company is asking me to sign an "Assignment of Invention" so that they own ...
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Can I Do A Title Search On A Patent or a Copyright Like With Real Estate? [closed]

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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Should I keep my patent's ownership or assign it to an entity that I own?

I am filing a pro se patent application 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 will ...
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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 current owner of patent US 618,593 S

In reference to the patent: USD618593 Can you please tell me if Jose Ramon Aranda, Martin Aranda, and Pablo Aranda are still the owners of these patents?
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Providing mathematical proof for a patent?

I have friend that I will ask for his mathematical analysis of my work, it's somewhat complete but needs further analysis using mathematics, if my friend does that, would he/she be considered a co-...
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Have the Tree Lounge Advantage patents expired?

I was wondering if the Tree Lounge Advantage patents (e.g., US 5,954,158) are available to be purchased? I know the company has since closed. Have they expired or are they still valid? Any help would ...
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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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Split patent ownership

Can I split patent ownership with my cofounder in the following cases: A patent owned by me A new patent to be applied
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Who owns the rights to plastic spoons now? (US D234017 S)

In reference to the patent: USD234017 Who owns the rights to plastic spoons now? Their patent was only to last 14 years
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Does the Patent D-120891 hold 2 different creations/inventions?

In reference to the patent: USD120891 I have 2 pictures with this very same patent number D-120891. The small pictures appear to be of the Catholic Religion. Would this be of the same Inventor - ...
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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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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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How long does it take to amend inventorship on a published patent after the paperwork is submitted to the USPO?

They are amending this patent to include 2 inventors not on the patent that should have been. How long does it take before the USPO adds that amendment? In reference to the patent: US20120100313
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Giving away half of your patent

I am looking at getting a patent but am having to go through a third party, which is a college to save money since I am a college student. I was wondering, if I give half of the patent to the school ...
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Old family patents

My grandfather had 5 patents related to bottle design. They have since expired. What happens to those patents? Is there anyway I can renew them, purchase them, something. I know nothing about patents....
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Does an applicant have ownership rights if not listed as an inventor?

I'm involved with an Australian Pty Ltd company that is the applicant for an Australian patent, and has listed the two inventors as two of the shareholders of the company. Does the Pty Ltd have co-...
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I would like to know who owns us4106454a

My father the inventor was "legally" removed from his invention with a contract he signed stating that there was to be a board created. It was a rotating board that had my father start out as ...
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Use of Patent outside the USA

In reference to the patent: US5727352 Is there penalties for a business using the ideas presented in this patent, in a country outside of the USA?
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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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Is submitting a document falsely claiming that an inventor is not reachable illegal?

An associate of mine and I jointly filed a patent, through my current employer. I was required to sign an assignment agreement when I started as a condition of employment. My friend worked for the ...
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How do patents on product inventions/designs work if inventions are signed off to the company you work for?

Someone is working for a company where the "standard" policy, where all inventions made (during the time period, using what equipment, etc.) can be claimed by the company, applies... When that ...
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My grandfathers patent, expired?

In reference to the patent: US 948,162 A I'm wondering if this patent has expired, and the process to claim it? This is my great-grandfathers invention.
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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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Alternatives to share ownership of a patent [closed]

I filed a patent that is now in examination stage. I can't personally afford the legal fees to amend the claims that got rejected. However, the director of a company for which I'm doing some ...
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What is the point of within firm (inter-firm/subsidiary) patent transfers/re-assignments?

I need an in-house lawyer's perspective on why some patents are sometimes re-assigned to subsidiaries, but still technically owned by the parent company. For example, Company A may re-assign ownership ...
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Is it possible to re-assign Patent US 4,023,765 A?

In reference to the patent: US 4,023,765 A I am the youngest daughter of James R. Kinnamon, the original owner of this patent. My father passed away in 1998. He gave me the legal documentation of the ...
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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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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 patent/...
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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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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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writing my own patent to an idea I developed at my work [closed]

I had an idea when working in previous job that I also come to implement it at my workplace. The workplace didn't want to issue this patent since it is not the main field in which the company is doing ...
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In reference to the patent: [WO2014007762A1] [closed]

In reference to the patent: WO2014007762A1 Hi, I came across an idea which is similar to this patent and during my search found it's already been patented. I do have a few questions (namely the ...
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Using patent #US2002002659 [duplicate]

I have an idea that seems to fit well with the claims made in the patent US20020032659. I need to know how to use this patent. I have not been able to connect with anyone who knows about this patent ...
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Help Contacting Patent Owner [duplicate]

In reference to the patent: CA2356488A1 How would I get in contact with Mr. Douglas? I might be interested in buying this patent from him. Any help is greatly appreciated.