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July 31, 2023
John Rizvi, Esq.

What is a Poor Man's Patent? | Does A Poor Man's Patent Work To Protect You?

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Hey, what you doing? Working on this idea? It's gonna make me millions. Oh, what is it? I can't tell you don't want anyone to see this idea. Well, why don't you just do a poor man's pattern, you can write it down, you can mail it to yourself, and then voila, you're protected. Wow, that's a great idea. Poor guy. That was terrible advice. The so called poor man's patent is a myth. The freeze is referring to protecting your idea by describing your invention on paper, and then mailing yourself the documentation in a sealed envelope. The purpose was to prove that an inventor had the idea first by records of the dated envelope. This theory will not protect your invention. In 2013, the patent office introduced the first to file provision and in order to obtain a patent, you have to be the first person to file being the original inventor with an idea no longer matters. If you're not first to the patent office, somebody else will have immediate and exclusive access to file for the invention. The poor man's patent is no way to protect your idea and carries little to no legal way. The only way to legally protect your idea is to file for a patent. And timing is everything since you have to file first to be protected. If you'd like to move forward with your idea, but don't know where to start. Give me a call at 1877 patent professor, my law firm uses a proven nine step process to help inventors protect their ideas and change people's lives around the world. We would love to walk you through the steps and discuss how we can help you file first

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