Poor Man’s Patent

Myth of the Poor Man’s Patent With the frequency that potential clients ask me about the “Poor Man’s Patent”, I’m surprised that the “Myth of the Poor Man’s Patent” hasn’t been featured on Myth Busters.   The Myth goes like this: to prove that you created an invention, you should write down your idea and mail it to yourself.  The date stamp on the envelope will […]

By | 2017-05-18T18:53:20+00:00 September 26th, 2013|Patents|Comments Off on Poor Man’s Patent

Can I File Myself or Do I Need a Patent Attorney?

HIRING AN EXPERIENCED PATENT ATTORNEY OR GOING AT IT ALONE One of the most asked questions: “Can I file a patent application myself.”  Practically, NO!  You wouldn’t jump out of an airplane without a parachute and you shouldn’t file a patent application without the help of an experienced patent attorney.  A patent attorney can […]

By | 2014-04-17T18:14:20+00:00 August 23rd, 2013|Patents|Comments Off on Can I File Myself or Do I Need a Patent Attorney?

Investor Expectations: Comprehensive Patent Search

INVESTORS WANT PATENTABILITY SEARCHES Investors want a return on their capital.  So when you approach investors, they want to see that you have taken the steps to protect their capital by way of a patent application.  But the reality is that most patents take two to four years to issue, and so you will seek investors shortly after […]

By | 2017-05-18T18:53:20+00:00 August 9th, 2013|Patents|Comments Off on Investor Expectations: Comprehensive Patent Search

Should I Get a Patent Search

First Time Inventor: Should I Have a Patent Attorney Conduct a Patent Search? YES.  Prior to committing the time and financial resources to a patent application, it is a good idea to allow an experienced patent lawyer the time to search for and examine prior inventions that could affect your ability to obtain a patent.  While the most obvious benefit of a patent search is to determine whether your invention is available for patent protection, it is far from the only benefit.  I have consistently found that […]

By | 2017-05-18T18:53:20+00:00 July 9th, 2013|Patents|Comments Off on Should I Get a Patent Search