Posts Tagged: provisional patents


There is no such thing as a provisional patent

It is important to understand what a provisional patent application is, what benefits are provided and perhaps most importantly what a provisional patent application is not. First …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 11

Tricks & Tips to Describe an Invention in a Patent Application

One excellent way to make sure you are including an appropriately detailed description that treats a variety of variations and alternatives is to have many professional patent …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Sell Your Ideas With or Without a Patent

As Key works with inventors he coaches, who he refers to as students because he teaches them how to do much of the work for themselves, he …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 15

When Should a Do It Yourself Inventor Seek Patent Assistance?

When setting out on a new endeavor it is not wise to pursue a path to the end and then ask whether what you did was correct. …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

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

In order to protect an idea it must mature into an invention first. This means that you need to be able to explain to others how to …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

The Patent Process on a Tight But Realistic Budget

There are ways that inventors can file for patent protection on their inventions with a limited budget, but even then you have to be realistic in the …
By Renee C. Quinn
5 years ago 1

Justified Paranoia: Confidentiality Before and After Patent Filings

Just because getting a confidentiality agreement is difficult doesn't mean that you shouldn't try. There are those out there that are used to signing confidentiality agreements, such …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 3

Good, Bad & Ugly: Truth About Provisional Patent Applications

Whether that provisional patent application can ever be useful moving forward is unknown and unknowable at the time it is filed, which allows for those who knowingly …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 7

The Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application

Like any other patent application, a provisional patent application is effective to stop the clock relative to so-called statutory bars and immediately upon filing a provisional patent …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 45

IPO Report Shows Design Patent Filings Continue to Rise

Design patents are essential in protecting the ornamental design of consumer products and their components; the intense litigation of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuits stressed the importance …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
6 years ago 1

Should I File a Patent Before Licensing the Invention?

Without a patent pending you also don't have anything to license other than an idea that lacks tangible boundaries. While that is not always an impediment to …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 1

Applying for a Patent in the U.S.

A patent is a proprietary right granted by the United States federal government to an inventor who files a patent application with the United States Patent Office. …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 10

The Top 5 Mistakes Inventors Make

The first step toward commercializing an invention and making money from it is typically to pursue the patent path.  On the road to a patent there are …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 2

Addressing Cheap Shots and Inaccuracies from Hal Wegner

It has come to my attention that earlier today in his e-mail newsletter Hal Wegner has once again attempted to take a cheap shot at yours truly. …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 28

Solving the Patent Crisis and PTO Budget

I am extremely encouraged by the fact that the US Patent Office seems to be increasingly coming under the direction of those who have a sincere desire …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 11