Posts Tagged: inventor


How to Write a Patent Application

Writing a patent application is not as easy as many think. Indeed, the concept of usefully describing the invention, which on its face seems easy enough to …
By Gene Quinn
4 days ago 1

The Plight of the Patentee

Having produced a non-obvious, non-abstract invention and playing by the patent office’s rules is no guarantee of a patent granting. Some examiners have refused to issue …
By David Wanetick
18 days ago 8

Patent Applications 101: Drawings Really Should be Required

Better practice remains to file applications with any and all drawings necessary to understand the invention. The best practice is not only to file what is necessary, …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 2

PTAB Reform: An Urgent Request on Behalf of Independent Inventors

What follows is a letter on the topic of PTAB reform that will be sent to USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on Monday, May 14, 2018. The letter seeks urgent …
By Josh Malone
3 months ago 26

Will President Trump pardon boxing champ and inventor Jack Johnson?

While Jack Johnson is most well known as a the first African-American to be heavyweight boxing champion, he was also an inventor and entrepreneur. The crime Johnson …
By Ed Martin
4 months ago 2

USPTO Director Iancu Makes Surprise Appearance at Inventor Conference

"We are focused on delivering reliable and predictable IP rights," Director Iancu told the Inventor Group Presidents gathered at the Patent Office as he addressed them to …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 16

Director Iancu speaks of Wright Brothers as champions of innovation, not villains

Here is what Director Iancu had to say about the Wright Brothers: "At my swearing-in, I remarked that through the doors of the U.S. Patent and …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 13

Understanding Substitutes: Is your invention desirable to consumers?

Frequently one of the most challenging aspects of inventing is determining what need a particular invention fills. This is not to suggest that inventors do not know …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 4

Inventorship 101: Who are Inventors and Joint Inventors?

Inventorship is one of the most fundamental concepts in patent law. Of course, fundamental does not mean easy or uncomplicated. Patents are granted to inventors, which is …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 14

Admissions as Prior Art in a Patent: What they are and why you need to avoid them

So what is an admission? A statement made during patent prosecution identifying the work of another as prior art is called an admission. Admissions can and will …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 11

Indie Innovators Still Exist, Barely

Maybe I and none of my generation will make it into the USPTO Hall of Fame because none of us will have valid patents, valid inventions. Maybe …
By Tesia Thomas
6 months ago 32

Provisional Applications: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Provisional applications can be a very useful tool, but only when they are done right. When provisional patent applications are done poorly you not only obtain no …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 6

Patent Search 101: Why US Patent Searches are Critically Important

Patents are expensive to obtain. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money if there are easy to find references a US …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 3

PTAB Errors Fatal to Hundreds of Legitimate Patents

There have been 220 patents upheld as valid in real courts and also subject to a final written decision in the PTAB. The PTAB only agreed with the …
By Josh Malone & Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 40

10 Critical Pieces of Advice for Inventors

There really is no one-size-fits-all approach inventors can follow, and there is no inventing roadmap to success that will work in all cases. Notwithstanding, there are certainly …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 2

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