Posts Tagged: ideas


Turning Your Idea into an Invention

Like anything in life that is new, whether it be returning to exercise after a lengthy hiatus or learning a new language, you have to walk before …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 7

Inventing 101: Protecting Your Invention When You Need Help

Once you get that first provisional patent application filed you are ready to approach others for assistance with your invention. You have a measure of protection, but …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 5

What is a patent and where do patent rights come from?

A patent is a proprietary right granted by the Federal government pursuant to laws passed by Congress. The Congressional power to authorize patents is found in Article …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 2

Helping start-ups turn ideas into valuable assets

The first thing we do is we assess the idea. And when we assess the idea we verify that the idea can lead to the creation of …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 4

Abstraction in the Commonplace: Alice v. CLS Bank and its Use of Ubiquity to Determine Patent Eligibility

A troubling aspect of the analysis in the Alice opinion is the suggestion that an invention, once patent eligible, can become patent ineligible simply based on the …

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

In order to protect an idea it must mature into an invention first. This means that you need to be able to explain to others how to …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Protecting Ideas: Can Ideas Be Protected or Patented?

Unfortunately, despite what you may have heard from late night television, satellite radio commercials or snake oil salesmen, there is no effective way to protect an idea… …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 18

The Alice in Wonderland En Banc Decision by the Federal Circuit in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp

All the Judges rely on the same Supreme Court precedents in Gottschalk v Benson, Parker v. Flook, Diamond v. Diehr, Bilski v. Kappos, and Mayo v. Prometheus. …
By John Kong
5 years ago 22

A Beginner’s Guide to Patents and the Patent Process

Even when hiring a patent attorney inventors still need to be engaged in order to give the patent attorney the best information available about the invention. This …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 6

The Real McCoy Part 2: I am a Man Who Thinks and My Thoughts are Valuable

One of the more indelible images of the civil rights movement are those from the Spring of 1968 as Black sanitation workers went on strike in Memphis, Tennessee …
By Raymond Millien
5 years ago 2

Inventing 101: Protecting Your Invention When You Need Help

So how do you decide whether you have a mere idea or a conception that is on the road to a full blown invention? That is a …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 2

Protecting Your Invention When You Need Help

At what point does an idea take enough form to be considered an invention that can be protected? First, it is completely correct to say that ideas …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 80

Turning Your Idea into an Invention

One thing that many individuals and professional inventors employed by corporations (i.e., "kept inventors") have in common is that they frequently do not perceive what they …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 3

An Overview of the U.S. Patent Process

For example, does a hair dryer with integrated radio, beer bottle opener, shaving cream dispenser that floats sound marketable? Perhaps as a gag gift maybe, but the …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 3

Moving Forward Responsibly with Your Invention Idea

Once you have done as much as you possibly can on your own you might want to consider hiring an engineering firm to provide additional information and …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 2