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tablefortwo
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Please Advise/ Tricky Situation
« on: Jan 8th, 2007, 5:03pm »
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Inventor signs a licensing agmt with a development firm for a new product idea. The firm will license the new product to companies and inventor splits royalties with firm according to terms on contract. While developing the idea, the firm drastically changes the design and also discovers a new use and application for the design. Now not only has the design changed significantly, but the use. The inventor is named in the patent (showing all the design options) but their are no claims made regarding this new usage. Is the inventor entitled to royalities on the new application and usage? But/for the invention being developed the new product usage and idea would not exist.  Is this a contracts question? Please advise of the rights of the inventor.
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Re: Please Advise/ Tricky Situation
« Reply #1 on: Jan 22nd, 2007, 8:42am »
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If your patent is still pending. You may change the claims to better coverage ( including this new one).
 
However, if you signed a NDA with this firm.
It may provide a certain degree of protection to you
(depend on what you signed).
 
If you're not comfortable with this firm who used your patent as steping stone, just filed a quick provisional patent.
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