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Hydroflask patents and lids question

Hydroflask patents and lids question
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:02:18 PM »
Hi! I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask, but would anyone here know if these two lids - the straw lid and the flex cap lid - are patented by hydroflask, and if I would encounter problems trying to sell bottles containing these lids on a site such as amazon? Or if anyone knows how I could check to be sure whether or not they are patented. I am not sure if the patent would be on their lids which have the 'Hydroflask' name on them, or on the entire design of the lid in general. Thank you in advance for the assistance!


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Re: Hydroflask patents and lids question
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2018, 11:49:07 AM »

The type of advice you are looking for is called a "Freedom to Operate Opinion" and you will need to actually go to a patent attorney to give you this and nobody is going to be able to do it for free on the internet as its very complex and requires research.  In general I have seen Freedom to Operate Opinions range in cost from $1,000 for a simple product to $10,000 or more for a bunch of complex products.

One thing you can try is to purchase some of these directly from the company and they are supposed to actually mark their patented items with a patent number so look for something that says "Patent No. X,XXX,XXX" or "Pat. No. X,XXX,XXX"   Some companies will print this directly on the product while some may instead print it on the box or packaging material.

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