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Micro Entity Filing Status and ownership issues when there is more than one inventor

Do not put this person's name on the patent as an inventor! And please do not treat their advice as gospel. First, they are breaking the rules by providing advice to you about your filing. It is ...
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How to check if a patent was sold

First, US 2008/0310908 is a patent application, not a patent. This is important for reasons that I touch on at the end. The best place to check ownership is on the USPTO's assignments database. ...
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What is the best way to add co-inventor item in your CV

The first thing to do is understand what the terms mean. It is okay to call yourself a "co-inventor" on a patent application, just be sure you call a patent application an "application". You also need ...
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What are the consequences of demonstrating an invention in public before applying for a patent?

First, public demonstration that keeps the invention hidden - In most of the world the focus is on actual disclosure and a demonstration that didn’t expose the claimed invention would not break ...
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Transfering ownership before grant

Definitely - it is done by employee inventors right at the time of filing, for example. The steps would be to draw up and sign an assignment agreement, record it with the USPTO (like recording a deed) ...
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How to prevent colleagues infiltrating my patent?

There are several issues here. If your invention is part of your job or you are otherwise required to assign it to your employer then it will be owned by your employer and the listed inventors will ...
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Who specifically has a patent on Fresnel Lenses

Fresnel lenses date back to the 1700's. I doubt anyone "owns" the basic idea at this point. This is not to say that people don't have patents on novel configurations or methods of constructing fresnel ...
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Can GitHub code be considered prior art? What if its in a private repository?

I did a little digging and found this post: Register prior art, but not wanting a patent In case it might help anyone else, I'll answer my own questions for archival reasons. If I got anything wrong,...
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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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Can a contract override a previous patent?

Intuitively it seems to me that the intention is that the sponsor is allowed to use whatever your entry is, and you cannot use any IP rights you have to prevent that. Does this mean that the sponsor ...
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US patent application based on the contents of Chinese patent applications

Priority is governed by 35 USC §119(a). The important part for us is the beginning, which provides: An application for patent for an invention filed in this country by any person who has, or whose ...
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What patents are IBM claiming Groupon infringed upon?

According to this article, the patents allegedly infringed upon are: US5,796,967, US5,961,601, US7,072,849 and US7,631,346.
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Does a patent belong to you if you do the research?

You ask about ownership, but really there are two questions. Who is the patent's owner and who are the patent's inventors. Inventors are very often not the owners. When you work for a company, the ...
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Does a patent belong to you if you do the research?

If you contributed to conception of the ideas in any claims of the patent, you must be named as a (co-)inventor for a US patent to be valid. If you defined the problem but not the solution or if you ...
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Is it legal to use a nominee in a patent application?

No, in the US at least, a true inventor must be named. And an address given. Other places may not have the same principle that ownership starts with inventors. In the US, a person who is an inventor ...
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How to prevent colleagues infiltrating my patent?

First, Congrats! Second, I suggest, you present the general concept and all the possible applications you can think of next time. If you share all what you have, it won't hurt you that others improve ...
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Use of Patent outside the USA

This patent is also published as WO1996019627A1 (a PCT publication), JPH10510894A (a Japanese publication) and CA2207907C (a Canadian publication). In all probability, since in most places 20 years ...
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Use of Patent outside the USA

US patents only protect the use of the patented invention in the United States. There are often equivalent patents filed in other countries. In any case, patents expire and this patent should have ...
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Who is the current owner of patent US 618,593 S

I looked on the US Public Pair website for information. There are no assignments listed so I'm guessing either the original inventors are still the owners or else you would have to ask them. The ...
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Is Prazza the patent owner or licensee

Neither. Prazza BV is the applicant or owner, but not the "patent owner" or a "licensee". This is a PCT application. PCT applications can never themselves become a patent. Because of this, it would ...
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Company Patented My Internship Work

My understanding (and I'm not a lawyer), it that the patent can be invalidated if it doesn't correctly list the inventors. Since it doesn't cost the company any more money to list you as an inventor, ...
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In reference to the patent: [US3792680][1]

I don't know of any data sources one can check for the current owner of a patent. The best bet is either a web search, or an attempt to contact the original assignee of the patent. In this case, the ...
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Providing mathematical proof for a patent?

To be valid, a patent application must be "enabling". If your friend's work is critical to the implementation of the invention, then s/he should be named a co-inventor. If his work is for optimizing ...
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Can a competitor see my unpatented product in the market and patent it before I do?

The US law has changed from first-to-invent to first-to-file, so it's best to file a patent as soon as possible. You can first file a provisional patent application, which won't become a granted ...
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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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