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Should I File a Patent Application Before Licensing the Invention?

I am frequently asked by inventors whether they should file a patent application before seeking to license their invention. Some even ask whether they should first obtain …
By Gene Quinn
8 days ago 27

Turning Your Idea into an Invention

Like anything in life that is new, whether it be returning to exercise after a lengthy hiatus or learning a new language, you have to walk before …
By Gene Quinn
22 days ago 7

Inventing Strategy 101: Laying the Foundation for Business Success

Inventors know very well what they have invented and what they plan to do with their invention. But the typical inventor has a terrible sense of what …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 32

Inventing 101: Protecting Your Invention When You Need Help

Once you get that first provisional patent application filed you are ready to approach others for assistance with your invention. You have a measure of protection, but …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 5

How do you know if you have a licensable product?

There are three major things that need to intersect to make a licensable product. First of all, you have the patentable side. Either it is patented or …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 2

Inventing to Solve Problems

Sometimes inventors get so caught up in the creation aspect of inventing that they fail to stop and ask whether they should be investing the time, money …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

An Introduction to Patent Claims

The examination you receive from the patent examiner is never going to be any better than the patent claims you provide. If you provide preposterously broad patent …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

There is no such thing as a provisional patent

It is important to understand what a provisional patent application is, what benefits are provided and perhaps most importantly what a provisional patent application is not. First …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 11

First to File Means File First! The Risk of Not Immediately Filing a Patent Application

When people say that inventors do not need to start with a patent application and can wait to file I cringe. It is not that this is …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 1

Understanding Obviousness: John Deere and the Basics

The legal determination about whether an invention is obvious seems completely subjective and sometimes even arbitrary. In some technology areas nothing ever seems to be obvious, in …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 22

Describing an Invention in a Patent Application

It is absolutely critical to understand that this complete and full description MUST be present as of the filing date of your application. If you file an …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 1

When should you do a Patent Search?

When to get a patent search done is largely a matter of choice, but one that also depends upon the purpose of the search. Most frequently, inventors …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 7

Plausibly estimating the market for your invention

There is nothing wrong with dreaming, but there is an extremely important cautionary tale to be told about the tremendous harm that can be done to opportunity …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 7

Every invention starts with an idea

The truth is you cannot patent or protect an idea or a concept. However, it is also an undeniable truth that all inventions start with an idea, …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Patent Drafting: Identifying the Patentable Feature

Without a patent search you will invariably describe all aspects of the invention with equal importance, although we know from experience that there will always be certain …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 4