Posts Tagged: independent inventors


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

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
5 days ago 4

USPTO Report: Only Four Percent of Patents Name Women-Only Inventors Over the Last Decade

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a report on Monday that paints a rather dire picture for women inventors. The report, “Progress and Potential: …
By Eileen McDermott
8 days ago 17

New Hampshire Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in ‘Patent Troll’ Defamation Case

On the morning of February 14, the New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear what could be one of this year’s most important set of arguments related to …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 0

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 …

IP and Innovation on Capitol Hill: Week of February 11

This week on Capitol Hill, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has planned a number of hearings on climate change and antitrust matters, especially where the T-Mobile/Sprint …
By IPWatchdog
10 days ago 0

Wayne Evans: One Inventor’s Battle With the Patent Troll Issue

When you see a docket report with a patent lawsuit filed by a non-practicing entity (NPE), do you think it’s just another 'patent troll' taking advantage …
By Gau Bodepudi
23 days ago 30

Rural and Independent Innovators Conference

The Rocky Mountain Regional Office will participate in a panel discussion about how rural & independent innovators can better identify and manage risks. Panelists will share perspectives …
By Gene Quinn
24 days 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
1 month ago 6

Inventors Association of Metropolitan Detroit

Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Regional Director, Damian Porcari, will present at the monthly meeting of the Inventors Association of Metropolitan …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 0

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 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
2 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
3 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
3 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