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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 (after all, I wrote these articles), I have gone through 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

Reading Assignment 2
Moving Forward with Your Invention

Reading Assignment 3
Basic Patent Law

Reading Assignment 4
Patent Applications

Reading Assignment 5
Making Money with your Invention

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 Known by many as “The IPWatchdog.” Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website 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.