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Re: Patent term
« Reply #5 on: Oct 5th, 2006, 11:24am »
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Since it's pre-1995 (by any measure), it expires 17 years from the issue date.  Forget the 20-year term; it doesn't apply to this patent since it's pre-1995.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 1st, 2007, 5:48am »
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If i have a US patent product and a large corporation like 3m wants me to license it out to them how can i protect my product from other countries from producing it?  Would i need to get an International patent?  
 
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 4th, 2007, 11:47am »
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There is no such thing as an International Patent.  One can protect one's rights in foreign countries, but that takes additional filings.  And, if your patent has already issued in the US, it's likely too late to get foreign protection.
The US patent does, however, protect you from imports.  If you're dealing with a sophisticated company like 3M, I suggest you engage an attorney.
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