Inventor Success Story: Stewart Lovenvirth, LitterZap

Inventor Success Story: Stewart Lovenvirth, LitterZap

Listen and watch the amazing story of LitterZap, billed as the “the biggest game changer in litter box history.” Stewart outlines his experience with using Prof. John Rizv, a board certified patent attorney, to protect and profit from his invention. Please read more about Stewart’s LitterZap invention on my Client ..Continue Reading

Tough Questions Inventors Need to Ask Themselves

Tough Questions Inventors Need to Ask Themselves

No, you do not need a working prototype of your invention in order to successfully file for a patent with the USPTO. However, there are several probing questions an inventor needs to answer in order to cross the finish line.  These answer(s) will determine if you are far enough along ..Continue Reading

The Perfect Storm in Software Patents

The Perfect Storm in Software Patents

The complexity of patenting software is often exponentially higher than other tangible inventions in the mechanical or electrical realms. Software patents require careful, precise claims and descriptions, way above what one typically finds in general “widgets”. Inventors should also bear in mind that there are relatively few attorneys in the ..Continue Reading

Three Steps to Profit from your (Patented) Idea

Three Steps to Profit from your (Patented) Idea

You have an idea that may change the world or revolutionize an industry. However, until your patent is filed, recorded and locked down with the USPTO, it’s up for grabs by other nefarious entrepreneurs who would love to profit from your idea. Do you really wish to sit on the ..Continue Reading

Inventors, Watch your Language!

Inventors, Watch your Language!

Correct and precise language (and semantics) are the cornerstone of a successful patent filing. History is littered with the examples of Inventors whose patents failed due to simply one letter being out of place thus changing its meaning and scope, ultimately leading to rejection by the USPTO.   The terminology of ..Continue Reading

Patent Red Flags: Investor Help Prior to a Patent?

Patent Red Flags: Investor Help Prior to a Patent?

The intersection of a great idea with the potential to earn money, including licensing fees, may propel you to seek out an investor. However, while many investors play by the rules, there is the inherent risk you may expose your idea to somebody who may bear no scruples in stealing ..Continue Reading

Is a Patent Worth It for New Inventors?

Is a Patent Worth It for New Inventors?

A patent essentially means the U.s. Government recognizes you as the owner of your idea. Thus nobody can use your invention or a variation of your idea without buying it from you or paying you royalties. Any related uses also mean additional compensation. Consequently you can see the huge amounts ..Continue Reading

Why 1995 Was a Key Year for Inventors

Why 1995 Was a Key Year for Inventors

For several decades filing a patent with the USPTO required a time-consuming and tedious process of attaching multiple claims to the application. A claim can be thought of as a ‘fence’ that circles your invention and describes where rights to your idea end and another entity’s rights begin. This provisional ..Continue Reading

Inventor Patent Conundrum: Form over Function?

Inventor Patent Conundrum: Form over Function?

Protecting your idea or patent with the USPTO will in many respects dovetail with the age-old debate of “form over function”. In a nutshell, there are two different types of patents, design and utility, which respectively mirror the metaphor above. You may have heard of both (particularly design patents) in ..Continue Reading

Inventor, Don’t Drop Those Eggs!

Inventor, Don’t Drop Those Eggs!

Would you believe that protecting your invention in the United States requires a delicate balance of speed, precision, and intelligence? In fact, it’s very much like the egg and spoon races many of us engaged in as kids. Going too fast and you could you drop the egg and get ..Continue Reading