My husbands name is on patent.He passed away.Who is legal owner now?

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My husband developed patent # us496567..He passed away. Another company is using the procedure..Who owns the rights?

Joanie Lobdon

Posted 2017-02-14T04:45:36.907

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Did you perhaps leave a digit off the patent number? If so please correct it. – Eric S – 2017-02-14T15:27:08.413

Can you please check the patent number and perhaps provide us you husband's name. I didn't find a single US patent with "Lobdon" as the inventor. – Eric S – 2017-02-14T15:53:51.757

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I'm sorry for your loss.

A patent has one or several inventors and one or several owners. Those do not have to overlap. The inventors stay the same, the owners can change as a patent can be treated as normal property and therefore sold.

US496567 is an old patent, it has lapsed (patents only protect an invention for a certain time, 20 years now, at that time it was less), so nobody owns it anymore.

This patent is from 1893, are you sure it is the right one?

DonQuiKong

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