Posts in Patent Basics


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
2 years ago 8

Investing in Inventing: A Patent Process Primer for Startups

The patent process is long and complex, but well worth the effort if it means protecting your invention and your new company. Key decisions made along the …
By Trevor Day & Neil Ferraro
2 years ago 7

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
2 years ago 1

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
2 years 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
2 years ago 14

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
2 years 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
3 years ago 2

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
3 years ago 1

Patent Searches: A Great Opportunity for Inventors to Focus on What is Unique

Patent searches are excellent learning tools because they give you an opportunity to discover which aspects of your invention are most likely to contribute to patentability, thereby …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 3

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
3 years ago 27

Turning Your Idea into an Invention

Like anything in life that is new, whether it be returning to exercise after a lengthy hiatus or learning a new language, you have to walk before …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 7

Learning from common patent application mistakes by inventors

The goal in a patent application is to provide a full, clear, and exact description of the invention in a way that particularly points out and distinctly …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Why Patent Attorneys Don’t Work on Contingency

The first thing to understand is that there is no such thing as contingency representation for purpose of preparing, filing and ultimately obtaining a patent. Patent attorneys …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 125

Patentability: The Adequate Description Requirement of 35 U.S.C. 112

The crux of this so-called adequate description requirement is that once the first four patentability requirements are satisfied the applicant still must describe the invention with enough …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

Patentability: The Nonobviousness Requirement of 35 U.S.C. 103

The nonobviousness requirement is a critical element to patentability. In essence, even if the applicant can demonstrate patentable subject matter, utility and novelty, the patent will not …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 2