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My divorce case started in 2014, and finally we are about to
My divorce case started in 2014, and finally we are about to sign a settlement agreement. All conditions are OK with me except the following:6.4 Patents:(a) The parties shall jointly co-author and/or jointly own all rights to patents numbered7,593,834 and 8,041,545. Within sixty (60) days of the entry of this Judgment onReserved Issues, Petitioner shall take any and all steps necessary to add Respondent'sname to these patents and/or to transfer a 50% ownership and/or interest in each ofthese patents to Respondent. Petitioner shall provide to Respondent proof that suchtransfer has been implemented within 10 days of submitting documents and shall provideproof to Respondent of completion within 10 days of the completed transfer. Petitionerrepresents that he has never received any type of compensation or interest from thesepatents. Petitioner shall take all necessary steps to ensure that these patents remainregistered and active. Any and all compensation, monetary or otherwise, for the use,or ownership of these patents shall be shared equally between the parties. The Court'sjurisdiction over these patents is reserved.I am OK to make my ex-wife a co-owner to my patents. But she wants to become a co-author.Here is my question:I need to proof to the opposite counsel that it is impossible legally because it is against patent law and intellectual property law. I cannot include my ex-wife as a co-author to a patent which was awarded 10 years ago. It is funny, but the patents are related to Applied Mathematics, and my ex-wife has not graduated even a high-school.Please, explain me how this attempt brakes a law, and which law will be infringed in this case.~Vladimir
When drafting claims PCT application comprising both
When drafting claims for a PCT application comprising both apparatus and method claims (or both product and process claims), what are the rules and tips to avoid being "lack of unity of invention" compared with the criteria adopted by USPTO?
I need my employment contract reviewed, specifically when it
I need my employment contract reviewed, specifically when it pertains to IP. I live/am a resident of Arizona, but work for a company incorporated in California. Do California Labor Codes govern my contract? Could someone estimate what such an undertaking would cost?
I am wondering how one can protect an intellectual property
I am wondering how one can protect an intellectual property (say a new product idea) from someone steeling it. Especially if one does not want to expose it to the general public or file a patent Is having NDAs enough protection?
I was a graduate student from 2006 to 2008, and I hold a
I was a graduate student from 2006 to 2008, and I hold a student visa back then. I made a great invention but I did not realize how great it is because I was inexperienced and naive. At 2008, My professor lured me into signing a contract which gave me 1% of his found company. I was young and naive and came from a totally different background to USA. This is a very unfair contract but I signed it right away without even read it. Two years later, the company sent me an email stating that the value of my share dropped to 1 US cent.I was contacted by the company last week, the professor want to offer me a one-time payment to exchange me to do something (I donot know what he wants, because I did not reply his email.).As far as I know, there are three US patents approved with my name on it, and also the professor's. At 2008, He also signed a contract for provisional patent, and I have 50% share in it, which can prove my contribution to the invention. Later on, he must regret this and never mentioned it. There are also newspaper report about the invention with my name on it. Also, I won a business competition at 2008 with this invention, and I met the professor's business partner there. They together cut me out.At 2009, I quit my job and return to the university and hoped to make more progress to the invention. by that time, the professor already have the company established, but he also kept his position in the university. He kept me from the company the whole time, and at 2010, he stopped my student scholarship, so I could not continue the research and couldnot finish the Phd degree, and couldnot hold the student visa anymore, So I left the country.Overall, to this date, I have never received one cent from the invention. My naive action in my young age must make a big damage and I would like to know if its possible to overrule it.
Are other countries better to obtain and protect patents?
Are other countries better for inventors to obtain and protect patents? Example?Patent protection in the U.S. for a "micro-entity" seems sorry from A-Z.Canada at least has a "Green" invention fast track that may only take about 9 months.As a (patriotic) American citizen can I and what if, I file patents in Canada (with international protection "PTC")?
Believe it or not, I came up with the idea behind
Believe it or not, I came up with the idea behind downloadable applications (i.e., "apps") back in the nineties, but did not patent my process. I did, however, go so far as to gather together software engineers, marketing experts and financial consultants to advise on the feasibility of the process as well as pitch the application of the idea to several companies in NY. Which is all to say I firmly established the idea/process as my own IP. Do I have any retroactive recourse?
What is the partnership protocol if a person has an
What is the partnership protocol if a person has an invention and the other partner finances the product, makes and sells the product? there maybe no particular partnership accord but what is fair? is it better for the inventor to have a % of the company or is it better for the silent partner/investor to just get a royalty on each unit sold? any ideas are welcome.
I have an idea unique website. I know nothing ofView more intellectual property law questions
I have an idea for a unique website. I know nothing of writing software to run my idea on a website. what do i need to do or who should i look to contact to 1. Protect my idea from being copied by google or other big company and 2. to produce the website including the code or software to make the website functional.