Posts Tagged: independent inventors

The Inventor’s Patent Dilemma: Beware the many pitfalls waiting to trip up the unwary

Getting help from a trained patent professional is the best and safest way to proceed. If you do not have the funds available to seek competent professional …
By Gene Quinn
13 days ago 1

Provisional Patent Applications the Right Way, the Wal-Mart Way

If serial provisional patent applications seems like a good strategy for Wal-Mart, which is one of the largest corporations in the world, and if serial provisional patent …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 4

How the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Harms Inventors

PTAB procedures have rendered worthless around 90% of the patents they see by either invalidating the patent altogether or invalidating the most critical claims. The infringer lobby and …
By Paul Morinville
1 month ago 26

How the America Invents Act Harmed Inventors

The America Invents Act (AIA) was the single worst disaster in the 226 year history of the U.S. patent system. The AIA did very real damage – enough …
By Paul Morinville
1 month ago 37

Patent Drafting: Describing What is Unique Without Puffing

In fact, many times the patentably relevant information is not described as well as largely irrelevant information about marketing strategies and likely consumer demand. Discussion of what …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

Provisional Patents: What are they and why do you need them?

The first thing to say is this: there is no such thing as a provisional patent. You can, however, file what is known as a provisional patent …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 3

Inventing to Solve Problems

Sometimes inventors get so caught up in the creation aspect of inventing that they fail to stop and ask whether they should be investing the time, money …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 1

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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago 0

Necessity is the Father of Invention

A lot has been said about mom inventors who came up with ideas to solve problems that revolved around parenting, but there are plenty of hands-on dads …
By Julie Austin
4 months 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago 2