Inventor of Improvement to Patent Pending Idea

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jul 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

QUESTION: If a manufacturer makes improvement to the patent pending idea, is the company considered a co-inventor to the invention moving forward to update the patent application? If so would the manufacture now be more likely to have an invested interest to help fund the development?

ANSWER: An improvement to an existing idea can be patentable. The inventors of the improvement are not necessarily the inventors of the existing idea. If the manufacturer was not the inventor of the original patent pending idea, an improvement does not make them an inventor of the original idea. 

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Michael Shimokaji

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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