I think it’s safe to say, without fear of contradiction, that 2020 has been one wild year! This is especially true in the intellectual property and invention spaces, where growth has exploded. In part, this is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its follow-on effects. If this seems counterintuitive or even paradoxical, I can completely understand. However, proof is in the results. John Rizvi, P.A. – The Patent Professor ® has made the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing American businesses—and I and my team could not be prouder!
We’re smiling on the inside, trust us!
In the interest of full disclosure: The Inc. 5000 list is based on growth over a 3-year period, in this case from 2016-2019, during which time The Patent Professor® grew by 188%. This means, in turn, that the data upon which Inc. relied for this report is all pre-pandemic. Any growth or lack thereof associated with the pandemic will not be reflected until the 2021 list, at the absolute earliest.
This does not mean the pandemic is a bad time for inventors!
As I’ve written previously, adversity and tragedy fuel innovation. Times when the state of the world requires immediate solutions to issues which were previously considered small potatoes only to become hot potatoes seem to bring inventors out in droves. The results of their innovations keep us healthier, safer, better connected and more aware of our world. Even “silly” inventions like the pool noodle have their place, reminding us of a safer, saner time in our lives.
Once again, I can say I’m a very lucky man, both professionally and personally.
And, as I have often stated in the past, my main luck has come from two sources: personal determination bordering on bullheaded stubbornness, and the people with whom I have surrounded myself.
My personal luck has come in the form of people who believed in me, like my wife Saba, or a guy I’ve never met, to whom I’d been mistakenly addressing email missives for literal years thinking I was sending them to my dad, who finally told me I needed to either step up or shut up. My family, my children and my friends have all offered sometimes unexpected wisdom or new ways of viewing a situation, leading me to evaluate possibilities I hadn’t previously considered.
Professionally, I’m fortunate to have my hard-working staff, all of whom are as passionate about patent law and making sure our clients get the best possible service and results as I am. Of course, my clients are the heartbeat of my firm; without their innovations, they would have no need for me! I have also had the privilege of being able to benefit from the wisdom and expertise of more senior attorneys, mentors and professors who helped fuel my passion, even when they sometimes thought they were doing the opposite.
Given the state of the world right now, I wrestled with the appropriateness of disclosing this huge milestone at this time. However, with so much grim news in the media and no apparent end in sight, I believe at this moment it’s more important than ever to celebrate wins and remember that even in times like these, there’s still good news to be had. Good news from any quarter means there’s hope, and hope is the only thing which can sustain us in these difficult times.
Ultimately, I feel the future, especially as the world reestablishes equilibrium and adjusts to the new realities of a post-COVID society, will belong to the garage inventor, the backyard tinkerer and the weekend “I don’t know what I’m doing but it looks interesting, so let’s ride it out and see what happens” warrior. These people are my heroes: the budding Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, the future Edisons and Fords and Wright Brothers, the George Washington Carvers in the making and the Shuji Nakamuras looking for a runway to launch their ideas. And of course, I’d be remiss not to mention the many Hedy Lamarrs, Grace Hoppers, Mary Sherman Morgans and Flossie Wong-Staals in waiting, lest anyone commit the grave error of thinking I believe the contributions of women and other-gendered individuals to the collective knowledge and betterment of humanity to somehow be lesser than men’s.
From the apex of the American intellectual property law pantheon to my bedroom cum office in my parents’ house to my firm’s new 10,000-square-foot headquarters, I have been fortunate beyond my wildest dreams and in many ways, I count myself wealthy beyond measure. With my wife, children and the professionals who continue to help realize inventors’ dreams, plus the innovators themselves, naturally, I am anxious to see what comes next for my clients, their innovations, our world—and of course, The Patent Professor®!
About the Author
John Rizvi is a Registered and Board Certified Patent Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law, best-selling author, and featured speaker on topics of interest to inventors and entrepreneurs (including TEDx).
His books include “Escaping the Gray” and “Think and Grow Rich for Inventors” and have won critical acclaim including an endorsement from Kevin Harrington, one of the original sharks on the hit TV show – Shark Tank, responsible for the successful launch of over 500 products resulting in more than $5 billion in sales worldwide. You can learn more about Professor Rizvi his patent law practice at www.ThePatentProfessor.com
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I’ve helped hundreds of inventors successfully prosecute their patent applications, from initial filing to final award and look forward to helping you with your new idea.