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
You Are (Patently) Closer To Me Than You May Think

You Are (Patently) Closer To Me Than You May Think

In the old days, inventors were required to hand-deliver their working prototypes to the physical USPTO offices, quite unimaginable in the age of the Internet. This also led to many patent attorneys renting expensive office space near the USPTO headquarters. Those days are mostly gone but you will still find ..Continue Reading
Beware an Improperly Filed Provisional Patent Application

Beware an Improperly Filed Provisional Patent Application

Provisional patents can be a valuable avenue for inventors and startups in the first-inventor-to-file system, but there are inherent risks if not done carefully and methodically. These risks are often not explained carefully enough by low cost document preparation companies that push these types of patents. In my following video, ..Continue Reading
The Pros and Cons of NOT Doing a Patent Search FIRST!

The Pros and Cons of NOT Doing a Patent Search FIRST!

While it’s not mandatory to conduct a patent search prior to proceeding with a patent, it’s a useful first step to find out if your idea is actually unique. While there are instances where you may wish to skip this step, failure to do so could actually end up costing ..Continue Reading
How Google Searches May Allow Others to Steal your Idea

How Google Searches May Allow Others to Steal your Idea

There are some risks to conducting Google patent searches online, one of them being that certain marketing companies track and monitor keyword searches, potentially allowing an employee to steal your idea without you ever knowing how this came about. Watch my video for the full story!