Latest Video: Is My Idea Patentable?

Latest Video: Is My Idea Patentable?

Frustration is a normal and healthy part of the inventing process. But don’t question the validity of your idea just because of its simplicity. Some inventors waited years before coming to see me only to find out that others had already filed a similar patent with the U.S.P.T.O. This video ..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

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

What’s Next?

What’s Next?

This is one of the first things inventors ask me after the initial non-provisional utility patent has been filed. In the following video I outline its journey through he U.S.P.T.O (which is often slow) and, unfortunately, usually ends up being rejected by the patent examiner whose job it is to ..Continue Reading