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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.
If you feel you need the assistance of a patent attorney I can help. I have been helping independent inventors and start-up companies since 1998. Please fill out my contact form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Good luck and enjoy!
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Reading Assignment 1
Getting Started on the Invention-Patent Path
- Protecting Ideas: Can Ideas Be Protected or Patented?
- Moving from Idea to Patent – When Do You Have an Invention?
- Inventing 101: Protecting Your Invention When You Need Help
- Why Do You Want a Patent?
- Starting the Patent Process on a Limited Budget
- Top 5 Mistakes Inventors Make
Reading Assignment 2
Moving Forward with Your Invention
- Invention Promotion Companies
- The Business Responsible Approach to Inventing
- Patent Searching 101: A Patent Search Tutorial
- Patent Searches: A Great Opportunity to Focus on What is Unique
- When Do a Patent Search?
- What is the Patentable Feature?
- Confidentiality Agreements
Reading Assignment 3
Basic Patent Law
- What is a Patent? Understanding Patents and Patent Law 101
- A Brave New Patent World – First to File Becomes Law
- Understanding Obviousness: John Deere and the Basics
- When is an Invention Obvious?
- Design Patents: The Under Utilized and Overlooked Patent
- The Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application
- Good, Bad & Ugly: Truth About Provisional Patent Applications
- Non-provisional Patent Applications
- I Can’t Find Prior Art for My Invention
Reading Assignment 4
- An Overview of the U.S. Patent Process
- PCT Basics: Obtaining Patent Rights Around the World
- Cost of Obtaining a Patent
- Applying for a Patent in the U.S.
- Utility Patent Applications – Content and Substance
- Patent Illustrations and Invention Drawings, What do you Need?
- Working with patent Drawings to Create a Complete Disclosure
- Patent Drawings 101: The Way to Better Patent Applications
- Patent Drafting: Appropriately Disclosing Your Invention
- How to Describe an Invention in a Patent Application
- An Introduction to Patent Claims
- Understanding Patent Claims
- Drafting Patent Applications: Writing Method Claims
Reading Assignment 5
Making Money with your Invention
- Patent Strategy: Laying the Foundation for Business Success
- A Better Mouse Trap: Patents and the Road to Riches
- Should I File a Patent Before Licensing the Invention?
- Getting Your Invention to Market: Licensing vs. Manufacturing
- Drafting a Licensing Agreement, A Patentee Perspective
- Converting Your Invention into Dollars and Cents
- Beat the Odds: How to Get Your Invention Licensed
- A Limited Run: Testing the Market Without Going Broke
- One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine
About the Author
|Eugene R. Quinn, Jr.
President & Founder of IPWatchdog, Inc.
US Patent Attorney (Reg. No. 44,294)
Widerman & Malek
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center
L.L.M. in Intellectual Property, Franklin Pierce Law Center
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Gene is a US Patent Attorney and the founder of IPWatchdog.com. Known by many as “The IPWatchdog.” Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and since that time the site has had millions of unique visitors.Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, CNN Money and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He represents individuals, small businesses and start-up corporations. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.