Posts Tagged: independent inventors


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
12 months ago 22

A toxic concoction of myth, media and money is killing the patent system

In the past decade, the patent system has been turned on its head. Inventors are now villainized as cartoon characters called patent trolls simply because they assert …
By Paul Morinville & Gene Quinn
12 months ago 24

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

So you have an idea and want to file a patent application? There are a number of things that you need to know about the invention and …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 2

Housewares Inventors Pitch Your Products to Lifetime Brands

Calling all inventors! Lifetime Brands, the largest non electrics housewares company in the United States, is hosting an Innovation Day on Monday, October 5, 2015, at their corporate headquarters …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

Patent Drafting 101: Beware Background Pitfalls When Drafting a Patent Application

Pitfalls to be on the lookout for when you are preparing the Background of the Invention. First and foremost it is critical to remember that your patent …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

Describing an Invention in a Patent Application

It is absolutely critical to understand that this complete and full description MUST be present as of the filing date of your application. If you file an …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

When should you do a Patent Search?

When to get a patent search done is largely a matter of choice, but one that also depends upon the purpose of the search. Most frequently, inventors …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 7

The Top 5 Mistakes Inventors make with their Invention

Generally speaking the first step toward commercializing an invention and making money is typically to pursue the patent path. For those new to the industry it is …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

Patent Searching 101: A Patent Search Tutorial

Inventors and entrepreneurs who are looking to cut costs frequently want to do their own patent search. This is a wise first move, but inventors need to …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 12

Freedom to Operate: Knowing if you will likely infringe a patent

It is understandable that those who are entering into a business endeavor would want to know what their potential exposure might be, and when you have an …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 15

Patent Drawings and Invention Illustrations, What do you Need?

If you are going to file a patent application you must have drawings to include in the application, but patent drawings are not the only type of "…
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 2

The Key to Drafting an Excellent Patent – Alternatives

The trick to drafting an excellent patent application is to describe anything that will work, no matter how crude, no matter how defective. You want to capture …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 6

Patent Strategy: Building a patent portfolio with meaningful rights

Last week I wrote about adopting a patent strategy in order to lay the foundation for success. What the article did not touch upon, however, is how …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

Patent Strategy: Laying the Foundation for Business Success

Patents provide a competitive advantage, and those sophisticated in business know enough to look for and exploit whatever competitive advantage exists. Patents are the 800 pound gorilla of …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 9

Upper Midwest Jazzed Up About Expansion of Patent Pro Bono Program

When Section 32 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act became law in fall 2011, the USPTO began working with intellectual property law associations across the country to establish pro …