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Rights of the Inventor When Applying for a Patent (Cont.)
What happens if my rights are violated?
You have taken the time and effort to go through the patent application process and suddenly you find that your patented design, process, or product is being used by another party without your permission – what is your legal recourse? A Los Angeles patent attorney can help you structure a patent infringement claim against the offending party to cease operations and recover damages.
Unless you provide express permission for the use, licensing, or sale of your patented idea or invention, you are the sole party allowed to use or produce it. If you are ever in question about a violation of your patent, you should consult with a Los Angeles patent attorney right away to discuss your options.
The patent application makes it clear the methods and design of your invention, and you owe it to yourself to investigate any suspicions that your patent is being used improperly. There is no reason someone else should profit from your hard work, especially after the expense and trouble of making it through the patent application process.
Employment May Cause Exceptions to the Rules
If your idea or invention was created while employed by a company, there is a chance that your employer may actually retain the rights to patent your invention. There are many factors that go into determining this possibility, including:
- if you were specifically hired to create the invention or process;
- if you used company materials, tools, time and facilities;
- if you used trade secrets learned while employed with the company;
- if you signed an express contract that assigned the employer rights to your inventions; and/or
- if you are considered an officer of the company.
The Los Angeles patent attorneys at the Adli Law Group P.C. specialize in Intellectual Property and Business Law.
When it comes to the strength of Adli Law Group’s intellectual property practice, you need not take our word for it – we are a definitive presence in this arena. We handle all aspects of acquisition and litigation with respect to patents, trademarks, counterfeiting, trade secrets, unfair competition, and copyrights, including trials and appeals, and proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC), as well as business transactions, litigation, and licensing. Contact us today for experienced help with securing your rights and interests to your invention – (213) 223-2365.