Posts Tagged: independent inventors


Should I File a Patent Application Before Licensing the Invention?

I am frequently asked by inventors whether they should file a patent application before seeking to license their invention. Some even ask whether they should first obtain …
By Gene Quinn
8 days ago 27

How patent quality extremism and money-can-buy-fairness have ruined the U.S. patent system

Patent reformers argue that too many patents can hurt business, and low-quality patents cause problems. Their lobby activities have successfully persuaded the Congress to pass the AIA, …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
13 days ago 70

How to Create Patent Rights

Intellectual property is distinguished from “real property” because the property itself exists in our heads and needs to be “created” through a process of description and examination. …
By Jeremy A. Cubert
15 days ago 8

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
22 days ago 7

Learning from common patent application mistakes by inventors

The goal in a patent application is to provide a full, clear, and exact description of the invention in a way that particularly points out and distinctly …
By Gene Quinn
29 days ago 0

The PTAB: Number One Enemy of Inventors

When we apply for a patent, we are sharing our secret, our discovery, with the world. In exchange for sharing our secret we are promised 20 years of …
By Josh Malone
29 days ago 45

Why Patent Attorneys Don’t Work on Contingency

The first thing to understand is that there is no such thing as contingency representation for purpose of preparing, filing and ultimately obtaining a patent. Patent attorneys …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 123

Patentability: The Adequate Description Requirement of 35 U.S.C. 112

The crux of this so-called adequate description requirement is that once the first four patentability requirements are satisfied the applicant still must describe the invention with enough …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 1

Patentability: The Nonobviousness Requirement of 35 U.S.C. 103

The nonobviousness requirement is a critical element to patentability. In essence, even if the applicant can demonstrate patentable subject matter, utility and novelty, the patent will not …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 2

Patentability Overview: When can an Invention be Patented?

Unfortunately, the patentability requirements are frequently misunderstood. For many who are not well versed in patent law one of the reasons it can be confusing when considering …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 2

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

This page and website contain contain detailed information to help inventors on the road from invention to patent... Below are a sampling of inventor help links to …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

The Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application

There is a great misunderstanding among many inventors and entrepreneurs regarding what many simply refer to as a provisional patent. The first thing that needs to be …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 8

Patent Strategy: 6 strategies for obtaining a patent quickly

Patents confer rights and when you have rights you have an asset that can be sold or licensed. But you will have an asset that can in …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 1

Defining the Full Glory of Your Invention in a Patent Application

Perhaps the patent laws should not be so generous to allow inventors to protect that which they can describe on paper without any proof of a working …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 0

What is a Utility Patent?

A utility patent is one of three separate types of patents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can award inventors to protect their inventions. Generally …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 0