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Look Around: The Simplest Ideas Have Made Inventors Millions…

Just because your idea seems simple does not mean it does not have the power to disrupt an entire industry. I come across inventors regularly who tell me they were too embarrassed or afraid to see a patent attorney because they felt their idea did not have the complexity or scale to match those currently on shelves or in production. When I look around, some of the simplest ideas have revolutionized industries and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the inventor. The key thing I want you to take away from this video is that to ultimately make money from your idea you have to craft a patent with teeth so rivals cannot make minor modifications to your idea and get around your rights.

Shortcuts for Patent Searches

Before you waste lots of time tinkering on your new invention (or spend thousands on a patent application), you might want to invest a little time researching if someone else has already received a patent on your idea. Why? First, you can’t get a patent if someone else already has one. And second, you can’t monetize it (why bother inventing something you can’t patent and get paid for?) The easiest way to discover if there is a patent on your idea is to hire a patent attorney. This will run you at least $1,500 for a reputable patent attorney (much less and it’s probably a scam). However, you don’t have to rush to have a patent attorney do the search right away if you’re more of a "do-it-yourselfer". Here are a few tips that will save you time and money if you elect to research prior patents on your own. Types of Patent Searches The first thing you need to […]

Florida Patent Depository Library

Patent depository libraries are an excellent resource for patent research. The United States Patent & Trademark Office has established around 80 depository libraries throughout the United States with at least one in each state. Many states have several. For example, Florida has two patent depository libraries in South Florida, one in Miami and a second one in Ft. Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale Broward County Main Library 954-357-7444 Miami Miami-Dade Public Library 305-375-2665 A third patent depository location is in Orlando, Florida: Orlando University of Central Florida Libraries 407-823-2562 A comprensive listing of patent depository libraries is available by visiting the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Library Listing Page. These libraries all have extensive collections of issued patents that can be searched. Many of them have qualified department staff who can help you with any questions or problems you are having. For instance, I am aware that the patent depository library

The Patent Search

It is important before filing your patent application to know if anything like it has been patented before. A patent search is a search of all the patented items in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office archives. Many inventors have looked for their invention on store shelves, specialty stores, and industry publications. However, not finding your invention on the market does not mean that it has not already been patented. There are many pre-existing patents for products that, for one reason or another, have not made it to the market. It is often helpful to have a search conducted to see if the inventions described in existing patents are similar to yours. A professional patent search is often advisable before proceeding with the patenting of your invention. Costs for having a patent search depend upon a number of factors but typically are under $1,500 for most mechanical inventions. Patent search costs for inventions relating to biotechnology, electrical systems, chemical formulas, [