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I assembled a target for a golf ball for practicing

I assembled a target for a golf ball for practicing purposes, making it all out of parts i got from Home Depot. Its quite clever the way its put together and if it was 'obvious' it wouldn't have taken me three years come up with that way. Can one patent a 'way'? If so what kind of patent would apply? Is there any other (cheaper) ip method to deter someone from replicating my target and selling it?

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Lets say i created a basketball that was more fun to shoot

lets say i created a basketball that was more fun to shoot because of particular markings I put on it.The markings made the rotations of the ball stand out, which creates a little visual appeal that people find amusing.These are marking ive never seen on basketball before (making it seemingly novel and new).Can i protect from someone else putting those exact same markings on basketballs and selling them. If so how?What about if someone else wanted to do a slight variation to my markingslike for example the same markings but 33 percent bigger or the same markings except different color?

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I have developed software to monitor large paper and tissue

I have developed software to monitor large paper and tissue machines in a novel way. Because it is a large package with many components I have written up provisional patents in three seperate applications. I would like to share with a prospective company that may want to license the patent or patents. The question is: If they see the patents can they then file their own patent if they think they have a better way to limit my patent. Also, if a concept is being used but being kept as a trade secrete legally or just keeping it under wraps, can that be used to override my patent if it is finally granted in a permanent patent?JA: What's the invention's purpose?Customer: One patent provides what is known as a state machine to keep track of all events in part of the process which are critical in measuring the Speed, Efficiency and Waste which are used in financial models to understand the performance of the machine. This allows the machine to be optimized for consistent quality at lowest cost.JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: Briefly but I didn't reveal the concept becuase I wanted to understand better what I actually thought was patentable. I had a two hour meeting with no agreements and then got a bill for $1800 which was for a one page letter to my programmer giving up copyrightJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: What is the value of a Non-disclosure document in this situation? Also, if I show the result but not the means, is that revealing the patent? Or, do I have to just keept the means confidential till I file the provisional patent.

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I filed a provisional patent application in March of last

I filed a provisional patent application in March of last year, it has obviously since expired. I was under the impression that you could extend it for one year. Was I wrong? Can you not extend it one additional year? If not, is there a way to redo the provisional patent application and get a different one? What if my design has changed? What if I wasn't very thorough in the initial app? I know they don't review them and it's simply to buy me time to file the non-provisional, but I let it expire because I thought I wasn't moving forward with the build of the device, I am now.

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Patent and Copyright:What is the name of a patent filing

Patent and Copyright:What is the name of a patent filing which involves my very specific use of color and shape to create a very specific type of illustrative image. That image could go on my website, t-shirts, fliers, etc. But I need to protect it from being copied.I was under the impression that patent pending status could be gotten for this, so I would not be strictly relying on my common-law copyright protections. And if such a patent can be applied for, could I file a provisional patent application?Secondly, what about protecting my special drawing with Copyright? What kinds of Copyright protections are there, in addition to common-law, for such a design via an official filing of copyright?Thanks.

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I was Granted a Utility Patent in 2007. Can I still apply to

I was Granted a Utility Patent in 2007. Can I still apply to any other countries? What are the guidelines? Thank You... PS... I also see an Application for a Patent in 2013 that is the same as mine, is there a form to argue against this new application, for which my patent is already sited as Prior Art?

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I just commented on a YouTube Video from Steven Key. Here's

I just commented on a YouTube Video from Steven Key. Here's the Q&A. Can anyone offer more clarity on his response regarding First to File? How's that going in USPTO litigation? I'm very familiar with the process, just not strength or risks ;)Steven,I have too many ideas, so writing/filing provisionals on each would be time consuming. New patent laws allow inclusion of public disclosure (like Facebook) as Prior Art when filing USPTO - up to one year. Are there any disadvantages to this approach? The fact that it's "out", does that neg impact a Lic deal and commercial advantage? Thanks ;)His response....+SoulPedal I know how you feel. It's true. But then again... It is first to file now! Be careful.Thanks,John

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Regarding US and International patent laws. I have an idea,

Regarding US and International patent laws.I have an idea, and of course you can't patent an idea, so i'm wondering if you can get effective protection by patenting an implementation that may not be well done.For example: if you had the idea of a helicopter, prior to the existence of a helicopter, and you put a horizontal propeller on a motor and mounted it on a small vehicle so that it actually lifted off the ground, and maybe had some tilt so it could be propelled forward.obviously it would need significant engineering and testing before it would be stable enough for use, but would a simple implementation be enough to protect the idea of a helicopter until the design was refined?

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I have an invention which is comprised of many "off the

I have an invention which is comprised of many "off the shelf" products which when combined perform a very specific duty.Can I protect an idea which is put together as such?

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