Selling Product After Filing Provisional Patent Application

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Mar 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: I filed a provisional patent for a guitar accessory. When can I approach a retailer to sell it? I've done my own searches for this product and none seem to exist. The product would solve a huge problem and is a very simple design. I would like the utility patent but was told it might be obvious. Not sure what that means

Answer: You can now approach retailers to sell it. However, the filing of a provisional patent application does not give you the right to stop infringers. And it does not mean you are not infringing another's patent.

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Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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