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Learning from common patent application mistakes by inventors

The goal in a patent application is to provide a full, clear, and exact description of the invention in a way that particularly points out and distinctly …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 0

Why Patent Attorneys Don’t Work on Contingency

The first thing to understand is that there is no such thing as contingency representation for purpose of preparing, filing and ultimately obtaining a patent. Patent attorneys …
By Gene Quinn
17 days ago 116

Patentability: The Adequate Description Requirement of 35 U.S.C. 112

The crux of this so-called adequate description requirement is that once the first four patentability requirements are satisfied the applicant still must describe the invention with enough …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 1

Patentability: The Nonobviousness Requirement of 35 U.S.C. 103

The nonobviousness requirement is a critical element to patentability. In essence, even if the applicant can demonstrate patentable subject matter, utility and novelty, the patent will not …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 2

Patentability: The Novelty Requirement of 35 U.S.C. 102

Essentially, §102 requires the patent applicant to demonstrate that the invention is new. In essence, in order for a claimed invention to violate this "newness" requirement it must …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 4

Patentability Overview: When can an Invention be Patented?

Unfortunately, the patentability requirements are frequently misunderstood. For many who are not well versed in patent law one of the reasons it can be confusing when considering …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 2

Invention to Patent 101 – Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

This page and website contain contain detailed information to help inventors on the road from invention to patent... Below are a sampling of inventor help links to …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

The Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application

There is a great misunderstanding among many inventors and entrepreneurs regarding what many simply refer to as a provisional patent. The first thing that needs to be …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 8

Patent Strategy: 6 strategies for obtaining a patent quickly

Patents confer rights and when you have rights you have an asset that can be sold or licensed. But you will have an asset that can in …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 1

Defining the Full Glory of Your Invention in a Patent Application

Perhaps the patent laws should not be so generous to allow inventors to protect that which they can describe on paper without any proof of a working …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

What is a Utility Patent?

A utility patent is one of three separate types of patents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can award inventors to protect their inventions. Generally …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

Defining Computer Related Inventions in a post-Alice World

it is absolutely critical that computer related inventions describe the technology to the greatest extent possible, focusing on as much that is tangible as …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 4

Patent Application Drafting: Using the Specification for more than the ordinary plain meaning

As a general rule the ordinary plain meaning of the term as would be understood by someone of skill in the relevant technology area or science will …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 0

Do You Need a Patent?

In simple terms: a patent is a grant of rights by the government, for a limited time, that can be used to stop others from making, using, …
By Rich Goldstein
5 months ago 5

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
5 months ago 32