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Are Google patents preventing new email client products?

The standard answer is to engage an attorney to do a freedom to operate search and give you a written opinion. This presupposes that you know what you are building and how it works in some detail. The ...
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Find a product using a given patent / Contact a patent owner

Is there a way to contact the patent holder and ask him if he used it for commercial purposes, and if so, where/how? Search through the file history using USPTO PAIR to find out inventor ...
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Should a 3D designer be on patent?

You can always try to negotiate the terms of your contract. However, I doubt anyone would hire you on the basis of a paying you for your time and also getting a fraction of the patent earnings. The ...
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My professor did not write my name in the inventor list although I am the lead author on the publication that claim the product

I can't determine whether or not you should be listed as an inventor based on your description of your activities. The criteria for inventorship is not at all based on how much effort and time you put ...
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Are Google patents preventing new email client products?

While a freedom to operate opinion from an attorney is best, you can do some of the work yourself. You made a good start identifying the specific Google patents. You need to read the claims to see ...
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same product, different designs

I am not well versed on design patents, so I'd like to hold off on answering that part of you question. However, from what I can deduce, a provisional application is not likely an option. Provisionals ...
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Should a 3D designer be on patent?

Product design, mechanical engineering, and 3D modeling is work for hire and not part of the inventive process unfortunately. Does it add value? Yes. Does it add more value than you charge for your ...
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Tool for checking/proving the appearance of a product in the market

The Wayback Machine is actually the closest thing available for this too, even if it's not quite the main purpose. This should show, in most cases, at least when a product is offered for sale. Though ...
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