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  • Business Idea
    5 Invention Tips for the Aspiring Entrepreneur
    As many inventors soon find out, they have to wear many hats to perform their work. It isn't enough simply to invent something fabulous; these days inventors must also be savvy marketers to effectively promote their invention in order to make...
  • U.S. Supreme Court
    Supreme Court likely to overturn software patent legislation
    The United States Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in an ongoing software patent case: Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. The case is drawing lots of attention from several big names (like Microsoft and Google) as the SCOTUS justices...
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    Should you patent your inventions?
    If you have an idea for a product and are considering having it patented, there are a number of reasons for you to consider doing so. Patenting your invention gives you a certain degree of protection and it also helps to increase the possibility...
  • market potential
    How to calculate the market potential for a new invention?
    Calculating market value for any product is important, but for a new invention it can prove to be a necessity. Before investing in the patent process and prototype manufacturing process, it makes sense to understand the type of return for these...
  • tips to fill out patent application
    Tips for filling out a provisional and non-provisional patent application
    The patent application process is naturally a major step in the life of a product and certainly for the inventor too. The non-provisional patent is, of course, the streamlined process that first establishes a date for your product patent but also...
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    Plant patent application form ins and outs
    What is a plant patent?If you have invented or discovered and successfully asexually reproduced a new and distinct variety of plant (excluding a plant found in an uncultivated state or a tuber propagated plant) you can apply for (and be granted) a...
  • Amazon patents method of pre-shipping items based on buying behavior
    Amazon patents method of shipping items based on previous purchases
    In a bid to speed shipment of orders to customers and pull more business from brick and mortar stores, Amazon.com has patented "anticipatory" shipping, a way of predicting a customer's upcoming orders based on buying behavior and...
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    Which patent application forms is best for you?
    Provisional and non-provisional applications, administered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), are two options for people wishing to protect their inventions. The provisional application has a lower price point which makes it...
  • Hourglass
    How long does design patent protection last and other patent-related questions
    When you've invented something new and are about to begin the patent process, you may be overwhelmed with questions concerning the application procedure as well as what protections the patent itself affords. While some aspects of the patent...
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    How do I find out if my invention has already been patented?
    Sometimes you have an idea and can't help wondering if someone else has already had that idea too. Perhaps you've seen that great idea of yours come to fruition in the shape of a brand new invention. Yet, how do you determine if that...
  • A shreklike patent troll
    Patent reformers: Beware of legislative intent and other trojan horses
    Software patent plaintiffs like Versata could attempt to undermine the PTAB's CBM rules in court by citing Congress's failure to enact CBM expansion.Silicon Valley and patent riskThe risk of patent litigation is an overwhelming...
  • Patent Act of 1952 rereading enables trolls
    Legislative intent and the patent act of 1952
    The Patent Act of 1952 was sold on the floor of Congress as a "codification bill," and in committee hearings it was made clear that the Act was not meant to change the law with respect to subject matter eligibility, only to clarify it...
  • Patent Act of 1952 and Legislative Intent
    The Patent Act of 1952 and the testimony of IJ Fellner
    The following involves the testimony of IJ Fellner. It is provided in support of later Examiner articles that analyze how the Patent Act of 1952 was enacted:PATENT LAW CODIFICATION AND REVISION, FRIDAY JUNE 15, 1951 - HOUSE OF...
  • File a Patent
    When you’re sitting on a goldmine: How to file a patent
    Your idea is brilliant, so brilliant that it is scratching the inside of your cranium, like a rabid gerbil itching to get out of its cage. Perhaps you’ve talked with a few close and trustworthy friends, done preliminary market research, and...
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    Avoid these 6 common mistakes to better protect your intellectual property
    A lot of business owners focus on the exact product or service they offer, not realizing that true value lies in their brand or image.Beyond the products or services you offer, your company has intellectual property that needs to be rigorously...