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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Ever safe to give a deposition without representation present?
I am a "subject matter expert" in a lawsuit filed by my former employer against a competitor over one of my patents that my former employer has exclusive rights to. I am expecting a subpoena (by the competitor) to give a deposition on the patent. A subpoena was served to the attorneys of my former employer who called to inform me last week. They offered to represent me during the depositon. I told them I'd think about it but I'm inclined to say no. I had a great working relationship with this attorney during the patent application process but am very much disinclined to get back in bed with my former employer in any way at all. Let's just say there are "personality conflicts". I feel safe going into the deposition alone. I don't have a dog in this hunt and I don't see what I have to gain or lose no matter how the case turns out. The case was filed a year ago in Tyler, TX and it sounds like both sides have dug in their heels and this one is going the long haul.
What are the rights of a patent applicant?
Hi, Got into a nasty argument with a friend about patent rights. Patent in question is:,671,381+B1%22&OS= Do the applicants in this case reserve any rights to the patent, or is the assignee the sole owner of all rights? Thanks..
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Will my business lose its competitive advantage without proper protection (patent)?
Can a combination of "certain" goods being sold at a grocery store, be protected in any form or fashion? The combination of goods being sold represents the competitive advantage of the business. If another store is established with the same business model, it will make the initial store irrelevant. Thank you in advance for your time.
If I am starting and the word Stoner is trademarked , could i run into legal is
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