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mpress
 
Reply Mon 16 May, 2011 10:34 am
My pensioner friend has just found out his U.K. in force patent is not worth the paper it is written on, why because someone infringed the patent and proudly announced that his nearly identical patent was granted in Germany two years prior to my friends patent. What can he do he new nothing about the German patent and why did the U.K patent office grant his HELP PLEASE.
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talk72000
 
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Reply Mon 16 May, 2011 01:37 pm
@mpress,
I would be okay in U.K. but I think if the German patent is international you buddy is out of luck.
mpress
 
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2011 08:26 am
@talk72000,
Thanks for the advice my poor old mate has taken all this very hard, what does not make sense is that the U.K search and the granting of a UK patent can be worthless. The German retailer who is selling my mates product told him to back off or they would sue him. I hope his new chest plumbing ie quad heart bypass holds. O well, its the way it goes U.K Patent Office should make there services more planner ie we offer full UK patents well sometimes.
Michael
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2011 08:57 am
I know nothing about the UK, but in the US the grant of a patent is no guarantee that it doesn't infringe on an already-existing patent. Although patent examiners search for "prior art," there are a lot of patents out there and they can't catch every one.
mpress
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2011 09:26 am
@joefromchicago,
Hi Joe
Yes, I suppose that is the case here too, thing is as a complete novists, how can the patent office.gov, take your money each year for servicing a patent when basically it can be declared valueless over night, seems wrong.
Seems a rip off but hay that seems to be the way of the world these days.
Cheers
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