Posts in Patent Basics


How to Be an Effective Advocate When Responding To Examiners

You're a patent prosecutor. You've just received an office action. The examiner has rejected your claims. You think the examiner got it wrong. On the technical issues, …
By Daniel Hanson
5 days ago 9

Matching Patents to Products: Determining Which Patents Will Be Implemented in Real-World Commercial Products

An important part of any patent portfolio manager’s work is to understand which patents are likely to be implemented in real-world technology. We can think of …
By Christopher Young
9 days ago 0

Strategies for Preparing Infringement and Validity Opinions

A company must be strategic in any business decision it makes in order to ensure that it takes the necessary measures to avoid liability for its actions. …
By Matthew Epstein
11 days ago 5

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 months 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 months ago 4

Simultaneous Invention as Secondary Evidence of Obviousness

Is an invention arrived at by multiple inventors within a short space of time necessarily obvious? If not, how far may the evidence of simultaneous or contemporaneous …

Combating the ‘Dunning-Kruger Effect’ in Inventors

Patent professionals encounter many different personality types working with their colleagues and inventors. On one end, there are those who do great work but lack confidence in …
By Rebecca Tapscott & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 6

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 months 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
3 months ago 6

Dear Examiner: I am an Imposter

That feeling that you are a fraud and that, one day, people will find out you have no idea what you are doing has a name—Impostor …
By Rebecca Tapscott
3 months ago 14

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
4 months ago 5

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
4 months ago 3

Why do you want a Patent?

Obtaining a patent can be the best business move you could ever make. On other hand, it may wind up costing you time, energy and a lot …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 15

Moving from Idea to Patent: When Do You Have an Invention?

When you are moving from idea to invention to patent, regardless of how or why you find yourself stuck in the idea phase, the first order of …
By Gene Quinn
5 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
5 months ago 8