Posts Tagged: independent inventors


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 0 seconds 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 4 days 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 6 days 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 18 days 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 25 days 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 2 months ago 1

Patent Language Difficulties: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Lately I have been in an “educational” mindset more than usual. Next week I will be in Chicago for another live PLI patent bar review course, I …
By Gene Quinn 3 months ago 2

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 3 months ago 10

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 3 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 4 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 4 months ago 0

Patent Drafting: Distinctly identifying the invention in exact terms

In short, a concise description of an invention is an inadequate description of an invention, period. The goal has to be to provide a full, clear, exact …
By Gene Quinn 4 months ago 3

First to File Means File First! The Risk of Not Immediately Filing a Patent Application

When people say that inventors do not need to start with a patent application and can wait to file I cringe. It is not that this is …
By Gene Quinn 5 months ago 1

Patent Drafting: Understanding the Specification of the Invention

This so-called adequate description requirement pertains to the level of description that must be included in the ''specification,'' which is most typically defined as that part …
By Gene Quinn 5 months ago 4

Tricks & Tips to Describe an Invention in a Patent Application

On 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 5 months ago 0