Posts Tagged: provisional patent


Mitigating ‘Justified Paranoia’ via Provisional Patent Applications

As mentioned in Part I of this series, many inventors will seek to obtain some kind of patent protection so they can stake claim to their invention. …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 3

How Can I Sell an Idea for Profit? Unlocking the Idea-Invention Dichotomy

Selling an idea and waiting for lottery-like winnings to arrive at your doorstep seems to be the American dream. It is certainly the dream of every inventor, …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 6

Patent Pending: The Road to Obtaining a U.S. Patent

The term patent pending is a well recognized term of art that many inventors rightfully covet. It subtly, and very directly, conveys great meaning. It means that …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 3

Protecting an Idea: Can Ideas Be Patented or Protected?

Many people ask: can ideas be patented? The short answer is no. Unfortunately, despite what you may have heard from late night television commercials, there is no …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 8

Filing a patent application is still a smart decision for inventors

I'm not alone in thinking that at least a provisional patent application is extremely important. Stephen Key, the preeminent inventor coach in the United States, advises all …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 27

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
1 year ago 6

There is no such thing as a provisional patent

Although there is a popular misconception among inventors new to the field of inventing, the United States Patent and Trademark Office is never going to grant a …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

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
2 years ago 27

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
2 years 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
2 years ago 8

The Patent Process on a Tight but Realistic Budget

The patent process can be overwhelming and quite costly for an inventor who wishes to secure patent protection on their invention. But there are certain steps of …
By Gene Quinn & Renee C. Quinn
2 years ago 0

Inventing 101: Protecting Your Invention When You Need Help

Once you get that first provisional patent application filed you are ready to approach others for assistance with your invention. You have a measure of protection, but …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 5

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
2 years ago 4

The AIA’s First-to-File Transition SHOULD have Resulted in More Provisional Filings

To investigate whether applicants have been adopting a strategy of filing more provisional applications, we determined a ratio of the number of provisional filings (with a first-named …

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
3 years ago 3