UPDATED: October 17, 2014
So you have an idea and want to file a patent application? There are a number of things that you need to know about the invention and patent process that can help you focus your efforts and know what obstacles lay in front of you. This page and this website consist of free, detailed and trustworthy information to help inventors. Our goal is to educate you, make you a knowledgeable consumer and to save you from those unscrupulous invention promotion companies who would tell you that you can patent an idea. You cannot patent an idea, but there are ways to move from idea to patent in an appropriate manner. These and other things are explained throughout our website.
Below are inventor help links to patent and invention related information throughout our website. While I really belief that inventors should read all of the pages throughout IPWatchdog.com (after all, I wrote these articles), I have gone through IPWatchdog.com and created several “reading assignments,” which will hopefully be more manageable, and which will help get you started. I recommend you do them in this order (i.e., starting with Reading Assignment 1), but if you find something that you just need to know then by all means jump ahead.
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Reading Assignment 1
Getting Started on the Invention-Patent Path
Reading Assignment 2
Moving Forward with Your Invention
Reading Assignment 3
Basic Patent Law
Reading Assignment 4
Reading Assignment 5
Making Money with your Invention