I am confused as to what I can and can't do to seek patent protection in a foreign country. My patent was issued March 2017 in the US. Since I didn't know if it would be granted, etc. didn't file in other countries at this stage. Can I and what do...
Under the Paris Convention treaty, most international utility patent filings need to be filled within one year of the earliest priority date for the invention. However, if you filed a "continuation-in-part" within the last year, there may still be something that may be eligible for protection. I strongly recommend you talk with a patent attorney who can help you get clarity on your options (if any).See question
I have a provisional but it is big and includes several types of products so it will need several non- provisional applications that I can not afford so I am thinking to license a part of it for an investor to finance the applications.
Having a registered patent attorney advise you of other possible low-cost non-provisional options would be a good next step as well.See question
I intend to sell photos I take on micro stock websites and I want to minimize the cost of copyrighting by grouping photos. Before I do this I want to be sure I can still sell each photo individually. How would I go about doing this.
From the Copyright Office:
"Groups of Published Photographs · A group of published photographs can be registered on a single form with a single fee if (a) all the photographs are by the same photographer (if an employer for hire is named as author, only one photographer’s work can be included); (b) all the photographs are published in the same calendar year; and (c) all the photographs have the same copyright claimant. You can use Form GR/PPh/CON, which includes Form VA (visual arts application), to register groups of published photographs. It is available on the Copyright Office’s website at www.copyright.gov. If you use Form GR/PPh/CON, you can apply to register up to 750 photographs on a single application. If you would like to register more than 750 photographs, you can do so with a single filing fee using Form VA if you identify the date of publication for each photograph on the images deposited with the application."
Hopefully this will be enough to get you started. I might make sense for aN IP attorney to walk you through the process the first time.See question
I am developing a product. Can I write what I have now in a provisional then when I develop new things write them in a 2ed provisional then claim both in the non-provisional? Should I include the first provisional in the 2ed?
This is generally a good strategy for capturing inventions in a rapid development phase. Including the first provisional in the 2nd provisional is a good idea when it is important to show that you had already envisioned combining the material from each.
As already noted, a DIY approach may not be the best strategy. Getting an experience patent attorney involved early on can help you draft the right kind of document to preserve your invention.
I'll try to explain this through a couple different examples. Please no comment on the idea itself being not successful, these are just examples trying to convey the idea of my question. Lets say I wanted to rearrange the order of keys on a te...
One nuance on the previous responses is on what is considered obvious. U.S. patent law uses a standard of the “Person Having Ordinary Skill In The Art” (PHOSITA) standard. Something is obvious if the a PHOSITA who was presented with the same problem, would come up with the same solution without undue experimentation. As you can see, the ordinary skill in the art standard could vary widely between different types of technologies. It is for this reason that a patent attorney is usually best suited to help you understand what would be an obvious or non-obvious improvement over an old technology.See question
If you are sued because you are infringing on someone's intellectual property, what determines how much you must pay them if they win the case? What other costs are there?
As previously stated, the type of IP and its status will give you a much better idea of what type of liability there may be. However, I would recommend you speak with an IP Litigation attorney in person and don't use this forum. You need to be able to share the facts of the case, and this is the wrong place to do it. Most reputable IP Litigators will give you an initial consultation at low or no cost to assess whether they would want to take you case on.See question
I've had several calls from a number that only comes up as being from Oklahoma and they have called multiple times before 7am.. When I answer the phone there is no response for about 10-20 seconds before the call is hung up. Sometimes there is an ...
One other option is to list yourself on the national "Do Not Call" list here: https://www.donotcall.gov/
Once registered, you can notify the FTC of unwanted calls.See question
Hi, I am filing Provisional Application in Canada. But online after saving the document when i upload the file to retrieve the information . The attachments disappears. Where am I getting it wrong? Any help please
The link for technical problems for filing Canadian patent applications can be found here: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/frm-eng/NGRR-8VVGD7See question
I'm looking for a lawyer that speaks Portuguese or Spanish and with experienced in the field, to patent and help me to license a paper stamping technique. There are now publishers interested in this method.
This is better suited for Avvo's "Find A Lawyer" page. Many lawyers who have filled out their profiles will include any languages other than English that they speak.
You can find it here: https://www.avvo.com/find-a-lawyer
I would search for a "patent application" attorney in you city or region as having an in-person meeting is usually the best way to work with a patent attorney.See question
i want to create a new security and authentication technology but i want to patent it first that way no one can steal it or claim credit for creating it before i complete the process of making it ill be working with coders to help me create it but...
Meet/hire a patent attorney familiar with your technology area. You will have the protection of attorney-client privilege and you will be able to get their assessment on how best to protect you invention as you develop your product.
One less expensive way of getting a quality patent application on file is to file a provisional patent application before you begin development and then filing the full non-provisional utility application once you have developed the product (and hopefully learned a bit more about the invention and improved it).See question