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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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If you improve on a design do you still need to ask permission/pay royalties?

A patent grants you a negative right. That is, it gives you the ability to stop other people from doing something, not to do it yourself. There are a few times when that's relevant, like if you ...
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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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How can an academic lab explore RPA?

I'm a scientist at Twist. The easiest way to access RPA is to buy a kit. It's quite involved to make the reactions from scratch so it's not trivial to DIY. There are lots of proteins, not all of ...
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Is there a maximum that someone could charge for licencing a patented technology?

Once you own a patent, you own the right to stop whomever you'd like from practicing what it describes. It's yours as much as your car or computer is, for its term. As such, no, there's no real ...
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Where can I find information on change in ownership of patent or licensing deals

There is no central database that lists licensing rights. Since those are private contracts between parties, there is no obligation to make the knowledge public, and many times it is deliberately ...
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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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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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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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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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What if two persons on the Patent had nothing to do with the development or invention of the patent

Correct inventorship is critical to the validity of a patent. Fenwick & West have a nice explanation of this: Correct Inventorship. There is a body of case law about actions to include ...
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Assigning Patents To Different People For Same Device For Over 100 Years, US 8567565 B2

It is common in patents to find a new way to solve an old problem. I have no specific knowledge in chain lubrication techniques so I can't comment on whether this patent is novel. However, looking at ...
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If you improve on a design do you still need to ask permission/pay royalties?

The answer to your question is no (for permission) and no (for paying royalties), explained as follows: You do not need permission since there is no law that prevents the practice of the patent. A ...
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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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there a patent on my idea but it is expired how do I get the rights?

Unpaid maintenance fees expire the patent I believe. http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s2501.html "Unless payment of the applicable maintenance fee is received in the United States Patent ...
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