Posts Tagged: independent inventors


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
11 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago 0

On the record with product development and marketing expert Warren Tuttle

Warren Tuttle: ''Good innovation is innovation that consumers respond to and purchase and appreciate, say good things about it and it survives. Bad innovation, you know the 95% …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

Sell Your Ideas With or Without a Patent

As Key works with inventors he coaches, who he refers to as students because he teaches them how to do much of the work for themselves, he …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 15

Understanding the Patent Law Utility Requirement

In order for a patent applicant to satisfy the utility requirement the claimed invention must be “useful” for some purpose either explicitly or implicitly. Utility problems normally …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

How the U.S. is Killing Innovation and why it Matters for Entrepreneurs

The engine that made America a greatest economic power was a patent system that led to tremendous innovation by incentivizing entrepreneurial …
By Paul Morinville
1 year ago 23

Understanding Obviousness: John Deere and the Basics

The legal determination about whether an invention is obvious seems completely subjective and sometimes even arbitrary. In some technology areas nothing ever seems to be obvious, in …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 22