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As @Eric Shain mentioned in a comment, you would need to become the applicant by getting assignments of the applications from the company back to you. The specific application US 20160091609 you mentioned was prosecuted very seriously by the assignee (Track I, RCE, etc.) so it might not be easy to get a patent even if it was revived. To revive a patent ...


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This patent application is still active, although substantive examination has not started yet. In fact the renewal fees were paid in April 2016 (so it will definitely be active till April 2017). As long as it is not granted, it remains an application. As far as it concerns the EPO there is no time limit within which a patent must be granted. I am quite sure ...


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There used to be a 24-month limit, assuming the owners could prove that the non-payment was "unintentional", but also "at any time after the six-month grace period if the delay is shown to the satisfaction of the Director to have been unavoidable." 35 USC § 41(c)(1), as effective in 2007. Today, the statute reads, in part: 35 USC § 41(c)(1) The ...


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- to retain the inventorship - This has two aspects. Your claim to be an inventor (moral right) and ownership right to an invention. From your discourse, it appears you are more and probably only interested in the first part. In simplest and briefest of terms, you are not recognized as an inventor for a particular patent application if it is not ...


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There is no need to abandon the US patent. You should ask your lawyer or patent agent about how to amend the claims.


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Yes, software as such is not patentable in India according to the section 3(k) which states a mathematical or business method or a computer programme per se or algorithms; cannot be patented. There are instances where patents has been granted in India after Delhi high court had adjudicated in TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON Vs. INTEX TECHNOLOGIES (INDIA) ...


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Assignments may be differently worded; but you very likely assigned full title and ownership. If the assignee wants to waste the patent opportunity it’s their right. Actually, the assignee may have decided that going the trade secret approach would provide a better return than a patent. The facts of this situation may support this theory. But you did ...


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Yes, that's what it means - at least regarding this patent. A quick skim over the cited prior art makes me think that the application was anbandoned, because there were to many other documents that described this or a similar invention. Therefore you should carefully check those and other patents. Some of them may have claims that encompass this invention ...


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I don't think it is possible for someone other than the assignee to "gain control" of an abandoned patent. Regardless, A patent issued in 1994 will almost certainly have expired by the time of your question regardless of maintenance fees. US patents back then expired either 17 years from the grant date or 20 years from the priority date whichever was later. ...


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You can check USPTO PAIR to see a history of the patent prosecution. I glanced at the document. The examiner objected the application because its claims encompass dissimilar species and requested that the applicant elect the restriction. The applicant never responded and the application was deemed abandoned.


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The primary source of information is the USPTO Public Pair database which has a CAPTCHA and does not allow direct links to individual patents. On that site, Search for Application by Publication Number "US 20120138076 A1". The Image File Wrapper contains a large number of documents, but of particular note is an Abandonment on October 22, 2014. The reasons ...


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