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You can always try to negotiate the terms of your contract. However, I doubt anyone would hire you on the basis of a paying you for your time and also getting a fraction of the patent earnings. The standard consulting agreement essentially says "I hire you to do work and I own the work product". Normal design engineering and modeling of an idea brought to ...


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First and foremost make sure the employment agreement you have with the freelancer makes clear that you will own all intellectual property that comes about as a result of the work. It is likely that the designs and schematics will not be eligible for a patent. To obtain a patent an idea must be novel, non-obvious and useful. If the freelancer is simply ...


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Product design, mechanical engineering, and 3D modeling is work for hire and not part of the inventive process unfortunately. Does it add value? Yes. Does it add more value than you charge for your services? Maybe. Makes a good selling point but it doesn't change things. It's still work for hire. Inventing is outside the scope of the work requested. But if ...


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Documents of the type USYYYY1234567 (where YYYY is a year and 1234567 is a sequence of numbers) are not patents, but rather pre-grant publications of patent applications. The application in question (serial number 13/163297) has been abandoned and was not granted as a patent.


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Contact information (for US patents) can be found in the PAIR database -- http://portal.uspto.gov/pair/PublicPair


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