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Employer won't pay patent issue fee. What to do?

It depends on the contract between you and your (ex-)employer and your state laws. If your employer does not want to pursue the patent application, in some jurisdictions/contracts they have to ask ...
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Employer won't pay patent issue fee. What to do?

I am willing to pay the issue fee myself. Is this allowed? I do not believe it is possible to validly pay the fee yourself (though, since I have never had the occasion to try, I could be wrong). The ...
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Can I order an Inventor plaque from USPTO?

I don't believe the USPTO issues plaques. At least they've never sent me one. However, there are several companies who do sell them. They are very efficient. Sometimes the way I've found out a patent ...
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State law about employers giving inventor chance to take forward an application before abandoning

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 ...
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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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How are patent processes initiated in big companies (typically)?

I am not a lawyer, but I have 30 years of working in industry and quite a few patents all of which are the property of my employers. I don't think you can get a definitive answer on this site as each ...
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Patent being filed by previous employer on invention made during the time I was employed by them

I have to sign this 37 CFR 1.63 and acknowledge I am the inventor? I doubt anyone can force you to sign anything. The question really is why wouldn't you want to. If you are the inventor why not take ...
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How much does it cost to buy a patent to protect your invention if you are a civilian, a public member?

A few hundred dollars at first, around 5-8 thousand if you want a patent attorney. Later the maintenance fees go up, but you can always abandon the patent / application.
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How does the German Arbeitnehmererfinderrecht protect my rights when my employer has a foreign parent company?

No one can leave inventor out of loop, organization cant invent of its own. in all patent jurisdiction inventors signature is required to file patent application. In case Person is not mentioned as ...
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I made an invention at work (maybe). What do I need to know?

Before you start your patent search, here's some tips for you for an an effective patent searching. Brainstorm on terms that describe the invention. Search for relevant terms related to the subject ...
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