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How can we identify the change in Assignments. Is it based on time frame (USPTO update once in a 6 months) or if there is some legal status changes

The answer is that public recordation of a patent assignment is not required for the assignment to be a valid transfer of ownership. See, e.g., this discussion in the Manual for Patent Examination ...
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Pros & Cons of assignment to a corporate entity

If there are co-inventors, patent law is relevant to the question. Under U.S. patent law co-inventors have equal and separate rights to the invention. Either can make, sell, use, offer for sale, or ...
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Pros & Cons of assignment to a corporate entity

From a patent law point of view? None. It doesn't matter for prosecution or litigation if you are a legal or natural person. From a financial point of view? There might be fee related benefits ...
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Former employer asking for assignment rights

Are they possibly using this as a reason to get me to sign it and maybe sell the patent? Usually, when we do this it's because paperwork got misplaced in an acquisition or otherwise. The per-patent ...
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Is it possible to re-assign Patent US 4,023,765 A?

Interestingly, the cover sheet for this patent is missing, which contains most of the pertinent information for calculating the expiration date of a patent. However, from checking the information ...
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How to Find current Ownership of a patent?

Patents are rights which can be transferred from one entity to another. After assignment of such rights its important to notify patent office about such assignments. for US Patent these assignments ...
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Inheritance of enforceable patents

Is inheritance of a patent (assigned to an individual) possible? Yes. A patent is personal property, per 35 USC § 261: Subject to the provisions of this title, patents shall have the attributes ...
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Who will be the assignee in such hypothetical situation?

If companies A & B are competitors, both company A and company B may have just cause to fire each of their respective coinventor employees for discussing subject matter that pertains to each ...
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Who will be the assignee in such hypothetical situation?

If both Alex and Bob were not working at the time and the invention is unrelated to their companies products, then likely neither company has any rights to the invention. In any case, consulting with ...
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Who will be the assignee in such hypothetical situation?

If the topic falls under the agreement Alex has with A, Alex assigns their rights to A. Otherwise Alex retains rights. If the topic falls under the scope of Bob’s agreement with B,then Bob assigns to ...
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Who is the Registered Owner of the Following Patents and is Their Assignee Recorded?

I'm formalizing George White's comment as an answer since it is so useful. As George White points out, those are US utility patents, not design patents. Go to the USPTO Patent Assignment Search page, ...
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Public Pair: change of applicant - when will the tab "application data" be updated?

Applicant and assignee are not the same thing. To change the applicant you will need to file a "request to take action" from the new assignee and a new ADS. See MPEP 325 Establishing Right ...
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Should I Assign My Patent for Free?

If you were an employee, even without an agreement, the work you did for the company as part of your job belongs to the company. As a contractor, depending on your state, it might be different. It ...
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Patent document and Patent assignment database dont match

There is no requirement to record assignments with USPTO. The assignee information on the face of the patent is taken directly from the form the applicant sends back with the issue fee payment.
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I would like to get this patent assigned to my company since it infringes on DQWA, which is assigned to Ether-2. How do I do that?

The linked document is an application. The issued patent is US9702961B2. If you believe it infringes on a patent your company owns, then the assignee will need to get a license in order to utilize it. ...
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A question regarding the patent term

Since this patent was filed prior to June 8th, 1995, the term of the patent was 17 years from the date of ISSUANCE, not filing date. Thus if it went through a long examination period, which was ...
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Can provisional applications be sold/assigned?

It is not unusual for companies to buy the rights for inventions that are not patented, including those that appear in one or more provisionals or in pending non-provisional applications. Similarly, ...
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I am the original inventor. Is it possible to find from USPTO PAIR the expiration of this pending patent?

You generally don't find expiration dates on patents or in the Public Pair. This is unfortunate. Unless there is an extension, the patents cited will expire 20 years from their priority date. For both ...
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Can I assign a patent application to a third party?

Yes, you can assign a patent application to a third party at any time (i.e., before filing, after filing or after it issues as a patent. However, keep in mind that the true inventors must still be ...
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Can I assign a patent application to a third party?

You can assign it to anybody for any reason.
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What is the point of within firm (inter-firm/subsidiary) patent transfers/re-assignments?

Yes, there are economic reasons for this. I can give a few, but it really is impossible to answer completely. Tax The ultimate aim can be unrelated to the IP at all, but simply for tax avoidance. ...
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Have the Tree Lounge Advantage patents expired?

On the Google Patents page for this patent, look under Legal Events and you will see: Nov 13, 2007 FP Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee Effective date: 20070921 The patent is expired ...
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I would like to buy the Knock on Wood keychain patent

This application was filed only in Canada and never granted. It has been considered to be a dead application since April 29, 2009, due to CIPO being unable to deliver the Maintenance Fee Reminder (...
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Patent issued in 2005 and now is ceased/expired due to failure to pay maintenance fees

Your Query contains Two Issues:- 1. Can Any person revive Patent after not paying Maintenance fees? YES but in certain circumstances and not after 2 years. For more information see Failure to pay ...
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