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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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Does an applicant have ownership rights if not listed as an inventor?

You are mixing a few things up there. Inventor != applicant: Inventor is the person that invented the invention, applicant is the person that applies for the patent and therefore is the owner of ...
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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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I, Michael William Holland, am the only direct decendant of T R King, my great grandfather. How do I go about claiming ownership of this patent?

The term of a patent is (now) 20 years after the date of filing. Before 1995 the term of a patent was 17 years from the date of grant. The patent you linkes was granted on 16 of July 1907. It ...
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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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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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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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How to Find current Ownership of a patent?

Patents are rights which can be transferred from one entity to another. After assignment of such rights its important to notify patent office about such assignments. for US Patent these assignments ...
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Can one author exclude another author from an invention?

If the patent was filed in 2007, and your joint paper was written 5 years ago (=2008 or 2009), then I would assume that you had no input on the actual patent -- the patent was written first. Instead, ...
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Can I file a patent on my mother's name since I work for a company?

In the U.S., the true inventors must be named in a patent application, even if the application is ultimately assigned to a company. Failing to name all the true inventors or naming inventors who did ...
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How can I ensure that patents for software I create for my company are used in good faith?

I want to be reassured that the patent will be used in "good faith" (they won't become a patent troll) or they won't sue competition just because they want to create a monopoly in the market....
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Split patent ownership

Yes. 35 USC § 261 provides: ... patents shall have the attributes of personal property. ... Applications for patent, patents, or any interest therein, shall be assignable in law by an instrument ...
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How do patents on product inventions/designs work if inventions are signed off to the company you work for?

There is a distinction between being the inventor, and being the assignee (aka owner) of the patent or patent application. In the US, anyone who made a material contribution to at least one claim, ...
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Is it possible to re-assign Patent US 4,023,765 A?

Interestingly, the cover sheet for this patent is missing, which contains most of the pertinent information for calculating the expiration date of a patent. However, from checking the information ...
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My grandfathers patent, expired?

This patent has been expired since 1927, and since then it has been freely available for anyone to manufacture and sell. If by "claim", you mean a patent model (miniature model of the invention), ...
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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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How best to patent idea while working for company?

This is the Illinois Employee Patent Act: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2238 The relevant passage for you is here: (1) A provision in an employment agreement which provides ...
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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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Legality of patent from father but never manufactured

A patent is a piece of property like other pieces of property in many respects. It isn't clear from the question what sort of situation your father is in, but in two general cases the outcome is ...
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Is submitting a document falsely claiming that an inventor is not reachable illegal?

A certified letter to both the company and their patent attorney/agents explaining these circumstances should put them on notice that your colleague is indeed reachable and intends to exert his ...
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What can I do to someone who stole my idea and patented it?

Technically, it is not legal for someone to patent your invention: "The patent application includes a declaration in which the applicant swears that everything in the application is true. So if you ...
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any other patents involving baseball caps for pigtails?

Performing a thorough patent search is a significant effort. Some people make a career of it. I think you should try to do it yourself first and then ask for help if you get stuck. Even though I don't ...
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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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What is status of this patent

Thats more than 70 years old and has therefore expired. It does not get any protection anymore.
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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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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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Old family patents

The deal with patents is that you trade exclusivity for a certain amount of time (20 yrs from filing now, 17yrs from grant then) versus the publication of your invention. After the patent expires, ...
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Old family patents

DonQuiKong’s answer is correct. In addition, I’d like to point out that all of the patents were assigned to companies which means that although your grandfather was listed as an inventor, he didn’t “...
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