Posts in Educational Information for Inventors

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
7 months 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
8 months ago 7

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
8 months 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
8 months ago 125

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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
12 months ago 0