Patents are a form of intellectual property that protect new and useful machines, articles, substances, or processes through exclusive rights granted by the federal government to their inventors. To receive an invention patent, the inventor must apply to the federal government and, if the invention patent is granted, the government will publish a full description for the invention and its use in the patent disclosure. The term of the patentee's exclusive right lasts for 20 years from the date when the application was filed. Please read on to find a patent attorney, patent lawyer, or to learn more about patent information.

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Selling counterfeit products
I want to sell online products imported from China which may be counterfeit, can the original owner do anything else besides from requesting to discontinue selling the items? or which other problems can I be involved in if I already sold them and agree to discontinue once I get informed they are counterfeit? Thank you
Can someone copyright a technique?
Hello. Someone is claiming to have a copyright on a technique using perler beads. Perler beads are put on a peg board and melted to create a design. He is claiming that he has copyrighted a technique to melt and shape the beads into an oval to form a lighter case. To my understanding you cannot copyright a technique. Can he legally take me to court because I used a technique similar to his to create a lighter case?
Copyright/Method Patent
A friend has a business in which she adds custom couture designs to shoes. Recently some people helping her have walked with her property and began to copy her techniques. Is there anything that she can do, such as copyright her work/techniques or patent her method to prevent this from happening?
Can I patent a scientific process with having preformed it personally?
For the record no one else has either. It is completely theoretical, but I'm pretty sure it's possible. It requires 1000's of dollars worth of biotech machinery but, of course, I can't afford them. Don't let the word theoretical mislead you, it is pretty simple biochemistry. Will the fact that it requires other machinery or patent chemicals to preform effect whether it can be patent? It's kind of like Recombinant DNA technology that was patented by Stanley N. Cohen and Herbert W. Boyer. So, I know it can be done but I can't find out how.
For many years, I have been manufacturing a product for the physically disabled. Today I was notified by another company that the idea is it is patented and I should stop selling it. Am I legally required to stop selling
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