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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What Does A Patent Really Protect For Dietary Supplements?
If a dietary supplement gets patented they are patenting certain ingredients. For example: Compositions and methods for increasing human growth hormone levels 1. A method of increasing human growth hormone in a healthy human being, comprising: orally administering an effective amount of a nutritional supplement composition in unit dosage form to the healthy human being, wherein the unit dosage consists of: about 1 mmol L-arginine; about 1 mmol Oxo-proline; about 2 mmol L-lysine; about 1.5 ¿mol N-acetyl L-cysteine; about 2 ¿mol L-glutamine; and about 125 ¿g Schizonepta (aerial parts) powder. My question is, what exactly is patented in this patent? Can I change the amount of one of the ingredients, or can I simply add one more ingredient to make it different? Or are using those specific ingredients together at all protected? Thanks for you help.
I came up with the idea of making a bathing suit that when it makes contact with the water it change
I was wondering if there is any way to protect this product so that other people (competitors) cannot copy it?
just found out some one has stolen my invention
What legal action can I take and what type of lawyer do I need someone has stolen my invention that I created over 20years ago and I can prove it
How to make sure your shoe insole is not infringing on existing insole patents?
If I want to start selling arch support insoles, how do I make sure my insoles don't infringe on existing insole patents/licenses? If that is not possible, is there a way that I can still sell my insoles?
Are orthotic sandals/heels/flats patented or copyrighted?
Are orthotic sandals/heels/flats patented or copyrighted? If so, what can I do in order to legally design, manufacture, and sell orthotic sandals/heels/flats? Will I need to make some kind of agreement with the holders of the patent/copyright? Also, are shoe designs protected by copyright (i.e. white flowers on the strap)? If so, how can I make sure that my designs don't infringe on any such copyrights? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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