Posts in Invention Basics


Starting the Patent Process on a Limited Budget

If you are an inventor new to inventing, you undoubtedly believe you’ve come up with an idea, or two or three, that could really be successful. …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 14

Artificial Intelligence Will Help to Solve the USPTO’s Patent Quality Problem

About a month ago, Steve Brachmann authored an article concerned with a brief given to Capitol Hill staff by Professors Frakes and Wasserman. The article highlighted fundamental, …
By Udi Cohen
11 months ago 20

What to Know About Drafting Patent Claims

In order to obtain exclusive rights on an invention, you must file for and obtain a patent. Many inventors will initially opt to file a provisional patent …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

Beyond the Slice and Dice: Turning Your Idea into an Invention

The patent process actually starts well before you file a patent application or seek assistance from a patent attorney. Every patent application starts with an invention, and …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

Why Engineering Companies Get into IP Trouble: Five Tips to Mitigate the Risks

Too often, engineering companies are in such a race to come up with the next big thing that they forget to consider the crucial step following their …
By Susana Kuehne
1 year ago 6

Congress Must Work to Understand the Language of Inventors

One of the more dramatic moments in my $20 million dollar patent brawl occurred in the pivotal preliminary injunction hearing at the courthouse in downtown Tyler, Texas. I …
By Josh Malone
1 year ago 26

Your Developers Could Be Publicly Disclosing Source Code By Using Third-Party Code Repositories

Recently, I met with a potential client to discuss key points that developers and management should keep in mind in taking the first steps to begin developing …
By Christian LaForgia
1 year ago 1

Seven Steps to Success in Business or Entrepreneurship

There really is no one-size-fits-all approach entrepreneurs and business executives can follow, and there is no roadmap to success that will work in all cases. That doesn’…
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 1

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
2 years ago 3

Justified Paranoia: Patenting and the Delicate Dance Between Confidentiality and Investment

Most inventors understand that a certain amount of paranoia goes a long way when dealing with an idea or invention. Ideas cannot be patented, but every invention …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 4

Anatomy of a Valuable Patent: Building on the Structural Uniqueness of an Invention

From a conceptual standpoint, it would seem logical to assume that writing text to describe a particular invention ought to be easy for the inventor of that …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 0

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
2 years ago 6

Keeping a Good Invention Notebook Still Makes Good Sense

It is worth remembering, however, that an invention notebook is not just for proving when you invented aspects of your invention, which will rarely if ever be …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 5

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
3 years ago 4

Advice for Young Inventors

Inventing success for young inventors comes when they are passionate, inspired and dedicated, which is not unlike success in all areas of life... While passion is required, …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0