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Companies that Cover Patent Fees in Exchange for Partial Ownership?

You may want to consider filing a provisional patent application which is a pretty low hurdle to gain at least temporary protection for your invention. With a provisional filed, you can approach the ...
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Does a company have to disclose licensed patents?

No, There is no requirement for a company to make public what patents they have licensed or even what patents are assigned to them. Marking a product with a patent number is optional and provides some ...
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what incentive is there for a company to buy or license an invention before the patent is approved?

If you file a European Patent you will get a provisional protection after publication, as it is described in Art. 67 EPC. If a state requires so, your provisional protection may start from the ...
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Are other parties free to innovate on my invention?

If they use your patented invention, they need to obtain a license from you. If you want to use their improvement, you would need to obtain a license from them.
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Valuation of Patents

You can spend 10's of thousands of dollars having management consulting firms try to generate models of the patent's values under various assumptions. Since the life of a patent (in the US) is 20 ...
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How does the corporate world of R&D view independant inventors?

Note: Answer edited based on revised question. How a corporation reacts to an independent research experience depends on how you present that experience. If it was full time work with a tangible ...
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Why would an inventor license his invention only to one corporation?

Off topic, but I'll answer anyway. This is really a business decision. A company would almost certainly be willing to pay far more for an exclusive license than if they would face competition with a ...
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Does Free license projects need to worry about patents?

Just because you are implementing it yourself and giving it away doesn’t prevent patent infringement. Copyright violations require copying the original work but a patent is infringed by making or ...
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Does a company have to disclose licensed patents?

A patent license is a contract between two parties, a licensor who owns a patent right and a licensee who wants to practice what the patent claims. If the licensee is a business, it is possible but ...
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Patent enforcement

With small exceptions, infringing a U.S. patent requires infringement within the US. An infringement could include making, selling, offering for sale, using and importing. Anyone can make a US ...
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Can I sell a futuristic patent company

Patents are not granted for ideas, only implementations. Star Trek described the transporter beam and warp drive, but without a working implementation, those are just ideas and not patentable. A good ...
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Do you need to inform employer of patent licensing that you obtained on your own?

This may deal with your employment contract. For most jobs I'm familiar with what you do on you own time is your own business. This assumes it is unrelated to your company's business and you aren't ...
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what incentive is there for a company to buy or license an invention before the patent is approved?

In the US, once issued, the inventor can try to use their rights to stop the company from ever making any more and license the invention to another company.
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If I license my patent to a corporation, would that tip them off to try to claim this patent in another country?

Once you have an issued patent, and even before that if your application is published you have firmly made it prior art to any application anywhere in the industrialized world filed later than yours. ...
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How would you find someone with expertise on selling to Patent Assertion Entities?

You don’t need to share with a lawyer any posible profit from suing , you can pay an Intellectual property insurance and it will cover the process (depending on the total insured) Note: it will ...
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How do companies like ARM handle improvements to their patent licenses?

I don't know the particulars of the licenses ARM provides. I do know there are different ones. ARM can indeed make a great deal of money off the licenses without the need to invest in manufacturing ...
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Question about joint patent ownership

Your basic assumptions is flat wrong in any realistic case. Yes, in the case of joint inventors they have separate ability to practice and license the invention with no need to coordinate or transfer ...
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How much can you change a PPA when converting into Non-Provisional such that you will be able to keep the PPA date?

You can make any change you like between a provisional application and a non-provisional application. It is just that claims in the non-provisional that are not sufficiently supported in the ...
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I created an object that I never patented but someone else did I don't know

No and none. And mailing something to yourself was never worth anything. Under the previous U.S. patent law (anything filed before that portion of the AIA took effect in March 16, 2013), one could ...
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I created an object that I never patented but someone else did I don't know

There are a couple of things to understand here: A patent is kind of an exchange between the public and the inventor. The basic legal theory is the inventor agrees to share their very special ...
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Valuation of Patents

A patent, like anything else that is to be sold is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. A patent on a drug that sells a billion dollars of product a year is worth a lot. A patent on ...
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Can I patent and create an existing service with a different name, in a different state?

I'm assuming what you mean by states are states within the United States. Patents have jurisdiction in a specific country not specific states. A US patent covers all of the United States. Even if ...
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Patent exhaustion: services utilizing a patented device

This method exhaustion issue was the subject of a SCOTUS case Quanta v LG. It is covered by in Wikipedia. Patent claims covered both a cache control chip as an item and methods that the use of the ...
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Will paying for US patent from foreigner be considered importing?

In a case: 286 F. 3d 1326 - In Re John Kollar it was established that licensing the rights to a patent was not the same as selling a patented item. However, the issue was triggering of the "on sale" ...
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Patenting medicinal plants in Australia

I'm not an expert in medicinal plants, so I'll address your second question about how patents generate money. First, for companies that actually make and sell things, patents are valuable in that they ...
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Acquiring freedom to operate

The first thing you need to do is consult with an attorney with respect to freedom to operate. Only after you fully understand where you stand with respect to the prior art can you consider potential ...
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Additional Design Patent as backup for a Provisional Patent (strategy)

Standard answer: Ask your attorney! My personal view: a design patent is valuable because (1) it is cheaper and requires no maintenance fee, (2) it is issued quicker than an utility patent, (3) any ...
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is this patent protected outside of the US?

Here is a generic process for checking. Note that there is some residual risk that data has not been entered correctly or that they filed a parallel application on the same date rather than a related ...
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Combining patented products

Most likely, unless someone else has already disclosed this combination or the combination is an obvious one. But be warned, you must be able to acquire those four patented products to make your ...
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