Patents



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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Patent for audio software and hardware
I would like to possibly obtain a utility patent for a solution based on existing gear used in a particular combination and method. Would be for audio studios and home producers both beginner and advanced engineers. I think a utility patent is required to protect the idea before I begin talking to people about making the product.
Where should I start if I want to patent my idea?
I'm thinking to just patent my idea since I don't have the engineering background to produce the idea. Should I license the idea or find an engineer or lawyer with engineering background to patent the product?
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?
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 -  New York Law - Sepe & O'mahony, PLLC
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 -  Harford County Law - Stark And Keenan A Professional Association
 -  Santa Barbara Lawsuit - Crane Flores, LLP Attorneys At Law
 -  Salem Attorneys - Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC
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