At Last - A Clear and Simple Guide to Patenting
KEY PATENTING DO'S AND DONT'S
Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors
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Since I’m also an Adjunct Professor who has taught patent law for the last nine years, I’ve developed an easy-to-follow teaching style that I use to take you through the patenting process step-by-step with clear, real-world illustrations to bring the material to life in a meaningful way.
Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors is available in two forms: an audiobook for $29.95 or a free instant download of the full written transcript. Having worked with thousands of inventors over the past 12 years, I recognize the need for an informative, hands-on guide to patenting. That's why I developed Patent Protection: a Practice Guide for Inventors.
If you would like to quickly find out if your invention is patentable, I offer a free, confidential consultation. In a matter of minutes, I can typically tell you whether your invention is likely to be patentable. Call me directly at 1-866-433-2288
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My guide provides...
- Answers to vital questions about patenting
- An easy-to-understand resource as you take your idea from conception to completion
- Practical, inexpensive steps to protect your idea from Day One
- A clear process overview—types of patents, patentability requirements, fees, and the like
- An understanding of what a skilled U.S. registered patent attorney brings to the process
- Cost-cutting strategies you can use throughout the process
- Advisement as to when it's safe to share your idea—and when it's not
- Insights to help you avoid fraudulent invention marketing companies
Which would you like to do:
Clear, Specific Answers to Vital Questions
As a U.S. Registered Patent Attorney and a specialist in patent law, I have come to anticipate the critical questions inventors ask. Therefore, I've designed my guide to respond to those questions I hear most often. Questions like...
- Is my idea patentable?
- Isn't patenting expensive?
- When can I start marketing my idea to test demand?
- Can I tell anyone about my idea?
- Can I patent my idea myself?
If you would like to discuss the patentability of your specific idea, I offer a free, confidential consultation. In a matter of minutes, I can typically tell you whether your invention is likely to be patentable. Call me directly at 1-866-433-2288 or email me
Do you want to know if your idea is good enough or original enough to patent? Do you want to know exactly what is and what is not patentable? Or, what kind of patent your invention needs? My guide is an inventor’s vital companion, spelling out the differences between patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as clearly describing the four classes of patents and the patentability requirements for the two main patent types: utility and design.Human ingenuity is nature’s most valuable commodity.
Some inventors worry that their idea is not patentable because it is not as pioneering as, say, Franklin’s discovery of electricity or the Wright Brother’s airplane.
Yet, wholly original inventions are rare. Most patentable ideas are simply an improvement on something that already exists. You don’t have to invent a time machine to profit from your idea. Consider the coffee cup sleeve, in-line skate, or THE CLUB steering wheel lock—small but handy improvements to existing ideas. And, they’re generating millions of dollars per year in royalty payments. “Average” people come up with new tools and techniques to make life easier, more productive, interesting, or (at the very least) entertaining.
— Abraham Lincoln
I focus exclusively on patent law and other “intellectual property” (in other words the ideas, or products, of our creativity), and I see so-called ordinary folks come up with useful, profitable innovations in all kinds of industries. Patent law is my passion, and you’ll see that come through in Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors.Feel free to read further about other vital answers my patenting guide provides. Or, if you prefer, order Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors now:
Well, yes . . . and no. Ideas are valuable property, and they’re own-able in the same way as your iPod, car, or house. In fact, talk to the CEO of any successful business from AT&T to Apple, Goodyear to Google, and they’ll tell you: it’s not their products that make them successful, it’s their ideas. Ideas they own.
So, you have to ask yourself: What’s more expensive—patenting your idea or giving away your profits to someone else?
It’s not just that patenting is less expensive than the potential downfalls of not patenting. It’s also less expensive than you might think. While design patent fees start at $1,500 and utility patents at $3,000, there are a number of ways to minimize expenses. You may even be surprised to learn about potential reduced fees for the entire patent application process. In Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors I share the circumstances that can merit reduced overall fees as well as a number of ways to cut costs throughout the patenting process, in some cases to practically nothing (e.g, proving the initial conception date of your idea).To find out more, order Patent Protection: A Practical Guide for Inventors now as either an audiobook ($29.95) or an instant download of the full transcript (Free).
Or, read more about the information and insights my guide provides.
You have an idea and you’re eager to bring it to market, or to know if there is any real interest. It is tempting to put the cart before the horse, jumping into the marketplace and putting your unprotected idea out there before you patent it. After all, why spend the money patenting an idea no one may want?
Consider this, the money you’ll spend testing your idea in the marketplace could have been spent securing its future. And, if you discover your idea is viable, you will have jeopardized that future. What if someone likes your idea and decides to do the same thing? What if they have more resources to bring it to market faster than you do? What if they patent the idea first?
“Some of the largest corporations in America today were started by individual inventors who decided to seek patent protection.”
Disputes over idea origination and ownership have a long history in this country—from the more recent challenge by ConnectU to Mark Zuckerberg, fresh-faced CEO of social networking site Facebook to the long ago battle between Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell over the telephone. Many argue that Gray’s design was superior, but Bell got there first. Then and especially in today’s competitive arena, there’s little room for second place in the patenting race. Have you ever heard of Elisha Gray?
The best way to profit from your idea is to own it.
Below is an excerpt from Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors:
"Let’s say you take your idea to a company. Unless it’s legally clear that you own the idea, they have no viable reason to pay you for it. Not only that—paying you could put them in serious jeopardy. A mid- to large-size company may have a dozen or more new ideas in their pipeline at any given time. How can they be sure they’re not paying for someone else’s idea? There is no way for them to be sure they don’t already have your idea in the works, nor can they be sure they’re not paying for an idea some company down the road is already working on. Buying or selling an idea that someone else may own spells trouble for everyone."
Keen, specific insights like these—you'll find more in Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors.
I’m sure you can see why patenting is an important first step.
Billions of dollars of patent rights
are licensed every year.
— EPO, Facts & Figures 2000
Patents are valuable assets that give you ownership of your idea in the same way a “deed” shows you own a house or a “title” proves a car is yours. As with other owned property, you can generate revenue in a number of ways, including selling your idea outright for a lump sum payment. You could also lease it, use it as collateral for loans, leave it as an inheritance, or even become the exclusive manufacturer.
My useful guide offers a clear understanding of the role and importance of patenting as a key first step in the marketing process. It also tells you when provisional patent applications may be a useful part of your marketing plan and when you should avoid them.
Heard enough? Order Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors now.
Even if you choose not to order Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors, you are welcome to contact me for a free patentability assessment. I provide experienced feedback on the potential patentability of your idea before you invest endless time, energy, and money to make it a reality. Having worked with innumerable inventors in a wide range of industries, I’m happy to offer this at no charge as a means of introduction, and it comes without a sales spiel. My only pitch is expert attention to your idea. You can reach me at 1-866-433-2288 or by email.
The truth is, if you have an idea threatening to burst out of your mouth in a lavish gush, you should literally bite your tongue. Keep your secret and let it live to see the light of day. Tell it and you run the risk of losing patent rights permanently.
I can help you determine whether you still have patenting rights and recover from premature disclosure. Call me for a free, confidential consultation at 1-866-433-2288 or email me
An important note here is that if you do seek the advice of any attorney for your patenting matter, you should only work with a patent attorney registered with and licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent Office. Registered Patent Attorneys are bound to secrecy by the Patent Office and are obliged to observe a strict Attorney/Client fiduciary duty. Although I would be honored to be your patent attorney, even if you select someone else, please verify their registration with the U.S. Patent Office by checking the Attorney Roster at http://des.uspto.gov/OEDCI/.
Before you even apply for a patent, an important step is to document the creation of your idea. Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors provides low-cost ways to document and legitimize ownership of your idea, and it explains why sending yourself a copy of your idea in a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope is not one of them!
As a thorough handbook on patenting, Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors gives you specific, clear strategies for when, how, to whom, and under what circumstances to disclose your idea, as well as important warnings about the uses and limitations of Non-Disclosure Agreements, particularly in presenting your idea to companies. It also warns you about seedy tactics used by some unscrupulous marketers to exploit a new inventor’s idea and take advantage of their enthusiasm and inexperience.
There is no law against an inventor preparing their own application for a patent. Even if you seek to file your own application, Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventorswill get you up to speed quickly on what you need to know. Keep in mind, however, that the preparation of a strong patent application is an extremely difficult endeavor that takes years of experience to master. This is because a patent application is not an “application” at all in the traditional sense. It starts as a blank document and requires hours of grueling attention to create both a clear, exactingly comprehensive specification of the idea and claims broad enough in scope to secure maximum protection.
Patent applications are, in fact, largely recognized as one of the most difficult legal documents to prepare, often spanning a dozen or more pages and requiring several weeks of meticulous care and attention.
Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors explains the application process and the expertise necessary to navigate it successfully, as well as the challenges of gaining approval through the U.S. Patent Office. Suffice to say it’s a rigorous, adversarial process between the patent attorney and the U.S. Patent Examiner that requires practiced skills, specialized knowledge, dogged patience, and impenetrable tact. Luckily, a qualified patent attorney can handle all of this for you.
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I take pains to make the process easily understood and the subject matter engaging.
Broad enough to be simple. Deep enough to be complete. Patent Protection: A Practical Guide For Inventors is a must-have handbook for the aspiring inventor. In this overview, we’ve only just touched on the insightful, informative topics my guide covers, including . . .
Want to know a little more? Here’s the content outline from the back cover:
|I. Protection of Ideas
- Overview of Intellectual Property
- Patents, Copyrights, TrademarksII. Basic Patent Description
- Utility Patents
- Plant Patents
III. Initial Idea Protection
- Detailed Record Keeping
- Inventors Log Book
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Disclosure Document Program
- Potential Pitfalls of Early Disclosure
- Non-disclosure AgreementsIV. Provisional Patent Applications
- Dangers and Pitfalls
- When AppropriateV. What is Patentable
- Composition of Matter
- ProcessVI. Requirements for Patentability
- Description Requirements
|VII. The Patent Search
- Patent & Trademark Depository Libraries
- Internet Searching
- Professional SearchesVIII. The Patent Application
- Oath or Declaration
- Verified Statement of Small Entity Status
- Filing Fee
- DrawingIX. Patent Prosecution and Issuance
- Filing Receipt
- Patent Pending Status
- Office Actions
- Notice of Allowance
- MarkingX. Quick Review
- Some Important Do’s and Don’ts
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