Posts in Patent Basics


How Can I Sell an Idea for Profit? Unlocking the Idea-Invention Dichotomy

Selling an idea and waiting for lottery-like winnings to arrive at your doorstep seems to be the American dream. It is certainly the dream of every inventor, …
By Gene Quinn
6 hours ago 0

Dear Examiner: I am an Imposter

That feeling that you are a fraud and that, one day, people will find out you have no idea what you are doing has a name—Impostor …
By Rebecca Tapscott
3 days ago 12

Keeping a Good Invention Notebook Still Makes Good Sense

It is worth remembering, however, that an invention notebook is not just for proving when you invented aspects of your invention, which will rarely if ever be …
By Gene Quinn
14 days ago 5

Patent Pending: The Road to Obtaining a U.S. Patent

The term patent pending is a well recognized term of art that many inventors rightfully covet. It subtly, and very directly, conveys great meaning. It means that …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 2

Why do you want a Patent?

Obtaining a patent can be the best business move you could ever make. On other hand, it may wind up costing you time, energy and a lot …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 15

Moving from Idea to Patent: When Do You Have an Invention?

When you are moving from idea to invention to patent, regardless of how or why you find yourself stuck in the idea phase, the first order of …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 1

Protecting an Idea: Can Ideas Be Patented or Protected?

Many people ask: can ideas be patented? The short answer is no. Unfortunately, despite what you may have heard from late night television commercials, there is no …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 7

Investing in Inventing: A Patent Process Primer for Startups

The patent process is long and complex, but well worth the effort if it means protecting your invention and your new company. Key decisions made along the …
By Trevor Day & Neil Ferraro
5 months ago 7

How to Write a Patent Application

Writing a patent application is not as easy as many think. Indeed, the concept of usefully describing the invention, which on its face seems easy enough to …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 1

Filing a patent application is still a smart decision for inventors

I'm not alone in thinking that at least a provisional patent application is extremely important. Stephen Key, the preeminent inventor coach in the United States, advises all …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 27

Inventorship 101: Who are Inventors and Joint Inventors?

Inventorship is one of the most fundamental concepts in patent law. Of course, fundamental does not mean easy or uncomplicated. Patents are granted to inventors, which is …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 14

Patent Search 101: Why US Patent Searches are Critically Important

Patents are expensive to obtain. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money if there are easy to find references a US …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

10 Critical Pieces of Advice for Inventors

There really is no one-size-fits-all approach inventors can follow, and there is no inventing roadmap to success that will work in all cases. Notwithstanding, there are certainly …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 2

There is no such thing as a provisional patent

Although there is a popular misconception among inventors new to the field of inventing, the United States Patent and Trademark Office is never going to grant a …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

Patent Searches: A Great Opportunity for Inventors to Focus on What is Unique

Patent searches are excellent learning tools because they give you an opportunity to discover which aspects of your invention are most likely to contribute to patentability, thereby …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3