A question I get all of the time is: “Is my idea patentable?” And I answer it the same way, every time. In the eyes of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there are two critical thresholds your idea must surpass: your invention must be both novels and it must be unobvious. (1) In terms of novelty, your invention must be totally unique. It can’t be the same as any … [Read more...] about Is your idea patentable? Two vital things to consider…
You’ve invented the next best thing since sliced bread. That’s good. But you’ve been chatting about your invention in the lunchroom with your co-workers for months. That’s bad. What many inventors don’t know is that you have ONE YEAR from your public disclosure to file for a patent on your invention. Once you mention it to friends and family, even if it is just in idle … [Read more...] about Don’t let the “One Year Rule” kill your invention!
Let me give you an overview of how the patent process works: (1) An individual (or group of individuals or a company) file a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). (2) When the patent application is received by the USPTO, it is assigned a serial number and date. (3) The field/classification of the invention is reviewed by the … [Read more...] about How patent process works
I’ve had a number of questions from people in this forum and from colleagues about Provisional Patent Applications (PPAs). Many people, unfortunately, see PPAs as a quick path to a patent — and are not aware of the pitfalls. So I thought I’d take a moment here to describe two significant disadvantages of a Provisional Patent Application: (1) Many times (unfortunately too … [Read more...] about Disadvantages of filing a Provisional Patent Application (PPA)
The moment you file your patent application, you can (and should) switch gears and start marketing it. Here’s why: No matter how fast someone else tries to whip up a patent application and file it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, he or she is going to receive a later filing date. And, secondly, he or she would have to lie in the patent application (specifically in … [Read more...] about How quickly can I market my invention after filing a patent application?