Posts in Educational Information for Inventors


The America Invents Act was Wrong from the Start

First to File was just the beginning of the damage caused by the America Invents Act. When the concept of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) …
By Adrian Pelkus
7 days ago 16

Patent Drafting 101: The Basics of Describing Your Invention in a Patent Application

One big mistake inventors make is they will go on page after page in their draft patent application about how they came up with the idea for …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 4

Patent Drafting for Beginners: The anatomy of a patent claim

First, every patent claim needs a preamble, which is the introductory phrase in a claim... Second, every patent claim needs a transition. The most common transitions are: “…
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 21

The Patent Process on a Tight but Realistic Budget

The patent process can be overwhelming and quite costly for an inventor who wishes to secure patent protection on their invention. But there are certain steps of …
By Gene Quinn & Renee C. Quinn
2 months ago 0

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
2 months ago 5

Patent Drafting for Beginners: A prelude to patent claim drafting

The art of patent claim drafting is an undeniably difficult art to master. It is, however, essential for those in the patent space to both appreciate, understand …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 8

The Inventors’ Dilemma: Drafting your own patent application when you lack funds

Before you decide to embark on the path of preparing your own patent application, even a provisional patent application, there are a few questions about your invention …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 10

The Inventor’s Patent Dilemma: Beware the many pitfalls waiting to trip up the unwary

Getting help from a trained patent professional is the best and safest way to proceed. If you do not have the funds available to seek competent professional …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 1

Provisional Patent Applications the Right Way, the Wal-Mart Way

If serial provisional patent applications seems like a good strategy for Wal-Mart, which is one of the largest corporations in the world, and if serial provisional patent …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 4

Design Patents: The Under Utilized and Overlooked Patent

Typically an inventor wants to protect the function of the invention when at all possible. But what if you cannot get a utility patent because the underlying …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 3

Patent Drafting: Describing What is Unique Without Puffing

In fact, many times the patentably relevant information is not described as well as largely irrelevant information about marketing strategies and likely consumer demand. Discussion of what …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 0

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
5 months ago 2

Provisional Patents: What are they and why do you need them?

The first thing to say is this: there is no such thing as a provisional patent. You can, however, file what is known as a provisional patent …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 3

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
5 months ago 1

5 things inventors and startups need to know about patents

One big problem independent inventors face when they choose to represent themselves is with respect to the very real problem of admissions. Truthfully, those who are representing …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 14