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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
6 days ago 1

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

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

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
5 months ago 27

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

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

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

What is a Confidentiality Agreement and Why are they So Important?

A Confidentiality Agreement, which is also known as non-disclosure agreement or simply as an NDA, is simply a contract between two or more parties where the subject …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 2

Patent Drafting: The most valuable patent focuses on structural uniqueness of an invention

It can be enormously difficult for inventors to describe their own inventions. This is true not because the inventor doesn’t know what they’ve invented, or …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 7

Patent Drafting: Proving You’re in Possession of the Invention

The purpose of the written description requirement is broader than to merely explain how to make and use the invention, which is the subject of the enablement …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 3

Patent Drafting: Understanding the Enablement Requirement

The enablement requirement is specifically aimed at ensuring the claimed invention is described with sufficient detail so the relevant person of skill in the art or technology …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 13

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
10 months ago 1

Patent Drafting 101: Say What You Mean in a Patent Application

When drafting a patent application it is always the best policy to never assume anything. It is dangerous to assume that the reader will fill in any …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 1

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