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Patent Drawings and Invention Illustrations, What do you Need?

If you are going to file a patent application you must have drawings to include in the application, but patent drawings are not the only type of "…
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 2

Trademarks Create Valuable Assets

Earlier this month Activision filed a trademark registration for “Guitar Hero Modern Hits.”  Guitar Hero is the massively popular video game that allows you to try and …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 0

Utility Patent Applications – Content and Substance

In order to obtain a utility patent one must file what is referred to as a non-provisional application or a non-provisional utility application. It is called “non-provisional” …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

Design Patents: The Under Utilized and Overlooked Patent

As the chart below demonstrates, design patent applications have been on the rise since 1975, but still in fiscal year 2011 there were just over 30,000 design patent applications filed. …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 36

When is an Invention Obvious?

That being said, the possibility that a utility patent could be obtained cannot be definitively ruled out even if an invention seems quite likely to be obvious, …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 35

Patent Drawings 101: The Way to Better Patent Applications

To properly accomplish the goal of having the best disclosure possible you should also not think in terms of a single patent drawing or illustration, but rather …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

The Law of Recipes: Are Recipes Patentable?

In most cases the typical recipe for a "killer Margarita" or "the best barbeque sauce ever" will not be patentable, but the only way to know for …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 16

Tricks & Tips to Describe an Invention in a Patent Application

One excellent way to make sure you are including an appropriately detailed description that treats a variety of variations and alternatives is to have many professional patent …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

A Software Patent Setback: Alice v. CLS Bank

Truthfully, the Supreme Court decision in Alice can only be described as an intellectually bankrupt. The Supreme Court never once used the word “software” in its decision. …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 15

Facebook and Twitter: Patent Strategies for Social Media

Both Facebook and Twitter will need to grow up and mature as companies if they are going to succeed for the long haul. A review of the …

PCT Basics: Understanding the International Filing Process

The appeal of the PCT process is that it enables patent applicants to file a single patent application and have that single, uniform patent application be treated …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 2

Invention to Patent 101 – Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

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 …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 2

Funding Your Invention: Get Started with Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding addresses the two biggest challenges many inventors have. “What is the market for my product?” and “How do I get initial funds to produce it?” Conventional …
By Mark Nowotarski
6 years ago 38

Drafting Patent Applications: Writing Method Claims

Method or process claims are relatively easy to write once you know what the core invention is and what is necessary to be included in the claim …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 12

How Long Does a Patent Last?

Generally speaking, utility and plant patent applications filed on or after June 8, 1995, have a term that begins on the date the patent issues and ends on the …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 4