Posts Tagged: independent inventor


5 things inventors and startups need to know about patents

One big problem independent inventors face when they choose to represent themselves is with respect to the very real problem of admissions. Truthfully, those who are representing …
By Gene Quinn
20 days ago 14

Why Exclusive Patent Licenses Can Be More Valuable Than Owning Patents Outright

Patents are a big capital investment for a startup company, but so is an office building. However, no startup company owns their office building outright. Even if …
By Russ Krajec
1 month ago 3

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
1 month ago 0

Patent Drawings: An Economical Way to Expand Disclosure

U.S. patent law requires a patent applicant to furnish at least one patent drawing (sometimes referred to as a patent illustration) of the invention whenever the …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 2

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

The United States Patent and Trademark Offi­ce (USPTO) and the Hagley Museum and Library are proud to present the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium in Wilmington, Delaware, …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

Is This Patent Any Good? How to Tell a Good Patent From a Bad One

Many inventors boast that they did not understand their patent application because their attorney used "legalese." Some even joke that it was so dense that they did …
By Russ Krajec
2 months ago 7

The Attorney-Client Relationship Can Be Harmful to a Startup if Not Managed Correctly

Inside the business of patent law, small inventors are known as ''walking malpractice suits.'' Patent attorneys are taught to never give business advice. Instead, they merely …
By Russ Krajec
2 months ago 2

Why Does It Cost So Much to Prepare Patent Applications?

Preparing and filing patent applications in the United States can be a daunting undertaking. Indeed, the cost of preparing and filing a patent application can be quite …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 39

Drafting a Licensing Agreement, a Patentee Perspective

Having an attorney draft a licensing agreement, or a licensing expert negotiate a licensing agreement, from start to finish is obviously the best way to proceed. But …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 4

Understanding the Patent Process: Rejections vs. Objections

The refusal to grant claims because the subject matter as claimed is considered unpatentable is called a “rejection.” The term “rejected” is used by the patent examiner …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 1

Patent Drafting: Define terms when drafting patent applications, be your own lexicographer

Being your own lexicographer means is that you who can define your invention using whatever terms you choose, and after attributing pretty much whatever meaning you want …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 0

There is no such thing as a provisional patent

It is important to understand what a provisional patent application is, what benefits are provided and perhaps most importantly what a provisional patent application is not. First …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 11

Patent searches are always a good idea, even if your invention is not on the market

While surveying the market is a wise first step, frequently there are patents lurking that have simply not been used to develop commercial products. This can be …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 8

Patent Drafting: The Use of Relative Terminology Can Be Dangerous

The use of relative terminology, which are short-hand terms that express a certain similarity, are quite common in every day conversation, but are not always appropriate for …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 5

Patent Drafting: Learning from common patent application mistakes

One of the biggest mistakes I see inventors make is they spend too much time talking about what the invention does and very little time explaining what …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 0