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How Do I Protect My Idea Outside Florida and the United States?

If you are an inventor interested in protecting your idea outside the United States or mitigating foreign imports from China that impact your market share & profit margins, then my number 1 suggestion is to ask yourself this question:   How ambitious are your commercial expansion goals outside the United States? Once you pose this question, it helps formulate a strategy for foreign filings, since you could choose to target ONE country or multiple nations in the initial application.  This of course causes some anxiety for inventors since it can be an overwhelming thought. However, there is a simple way to approach this dilemma:  I suggest filing the initial patent in the United States since this automatically protects you from foreign imports, including those from China.     The inventor then has a full 12 months to consider additional countries that he may wish to file patent protection for his idea or product. Your patent attorney can help you with this selection process [

Inventors, Fortune Favors The Brave

My recent keynote address to the Inventor Society of South Florida (ISSF) always came back to one word: Courage. While many entrepreneurs and inventors agonize over the cost-benefits calculus of patents and the likelihood their idea can be successfully manufactured, licensed and marketed, I have found the biggest obstacle centers around fear of the unknown. I know this as a fact since I have spent the last 20 years as a Patent Attorney working with some of America’s brightest minds and startups who in many instances waited years before coming to see me to get their idea protected and ready for commercial success. Their failure to act quickly and decisively can often mean a fortune in lost annual royalties and a deep regret over making a late dash for the finish line. On a deeper level, I have faced their same fears, frustrations, and doubts, as I contemplated opening my own patent law practice decades ago. It took a life-changing […]

Join Me For My First Inventors Society Of South Florida Meeting

Since 1982, The Inventors Society of South Florida has boldly promoted innovation and provided education on the patenting process! It’s thus with great pleasure I confirm I will be delivering my inaugural address to this well-known inventor institution in the Sunshine State on June 9th, 2018. The focus of my lecture will be on how everyday inventors can strike it rich with their idea by thinking BIG. Using the power of observation and a curiosity to solve everyday problems, entrepreneurs can take advantage of the new golden age of inventing built upon the Internet and low startup costs! Up to 100 guests may be in attendance and I invite you to RSVP at your earliest convenience. Admission is free, but seats may fill up quickly so please click the link below for more information. Click her to register for free event.

Late Night Comedian and Satirist Takes a Swing at Patent Trolls

Startups and entrepreneurs both chuckled and nodded gravely when John Oliver used his comedic hour on “Last Week Tonight” to satirize Intellectual Property and the growing threat of Patent Trolls, warning that “arriving on the set of Shark Tank without a patent is like turning up to America’s Next Top Model without knowing how to smize or booty tooch!” However, he reserved the bulk of his biting humor for  the one issue that keeps Inventors up at night: Patent Trolls. These unsavory characters, said Oliver, typically don’t invent anything or sell anything of value. They simply exist to buy patents and make their money threatening lawsuits in what many call the ultimate “shakedown.” “Calling them trolls is a little misleading:  At least trolls actually do something: They control bridge access for goats and ask people fun riddles.” Oliver recognized the massive problem this posed to entrepreneurs across America stating that  at least 3000 out of 4,700 lawsuits

New TEDx Video: Watch John Rizvi’s Inspirational Talk For Inventors & Innovators In South Florida

I got some fantastic news last night from the organizers of TEDx: They have finally published my recent TEDx Talk on YouTube that had one critical, important message: Launching Your Idea Full Throttle Is The Only Option. It was a deeply personal journey for me because it focused on key milestones in my life that changed my trajectory as a patent attorney forever and allowed me to meet some of America’s most prolific and innovative inventors. Many of them, just like myself, started out with humble beginnings before making their mark on this nation’s entrepreneurial landscape. I hope you enjoy the presentation and would sincerely appreciate it if you could share with friends, family, colleagues and any aspiring inventors. Sincerely,

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.

Inventor Success Story: Video Interview With Founder of Versifloat

Versifloat founder and inventor, Gerard D’Offay came up with his idea in 2006 before seeking out my help to protect his intellectual property : “I sought out Prof. John Rizvi to help me patent my inflatable docking system. As I have grown my operations over the years John has helped me obtain four additional annexes to my original patent, giving me powerful, robust intellectual property protection.” Finding a suitable floating work platform has always been an issue for crew and Gerard’s invention offers an effective solution to just about every marine professional’s needs. You can find out more about the Versifloat story on ThePatentProfessor.com.

From Zero To Hero: The Meteoric Rise Of A Medical College Dropout To Startup Millionaire

I reported recently on my medical device patent blog that the current regulatory and venture capital market is hindering leapfrog innovation in the medical sector.   I am happy to report that while this may be the case several of my clients have revolutionized their industries, earning giant pay checks after selling their startup and related intellectual property. One of these major success stories belongs to Alexander Gomez, who doggedly pursued an idea related to laparoscopic surgery when just about everyone around him told he was crazy.  He dropped out of medical school to solve a clumsy method used by surgeons he encountered during brief spells as a surgical technician:” Surgeons, operating in chilly operating rooms, were performing laparoscopic surgery which caused the camera lens to fog up when it was inserted into the warm body. “To counter this, they would dip the scope in a bucket of water to defog it. Our hospital was small and dated, so I assumed […]

Bad Patent Decisions That May Cost You Millions

Watch this illustrative Slide Share from The Patent Professor which reveals how one past famous inventor received a modest cash payout from his invention but lost millions in potential royalties. It all hinged on one fateful decision. How One Inventor Lost Millions in Royalties & How You Can Avoid The Same Mistake from The Patent Professor®

Join Prof. John Rizvi, Esq. At His First Ever TEDX Talk

Excitement is building for Prof. John Rizvi, Esq., TEDX talk at West Broward High School on Thursday, November 10th. This will be his first presentation to the independently operated group in Florida and will focus on valuable lessons for inventors learned during his 20 year journey through patent law. Prof. Rizvi will discuss inventor themes that also feature prominently in his upcoming book entitled, Escaping the Gray: When Launching Your Idea Full Throttle is the Only Option, which is fast nearing publication. If you would like to attend the event, please find attendance details on The Patent Professor site which outline scheduling and costs. We hope to see you there!

How I Became The Patent Professor®!

As one of the first patent attorneys in the U.S. to become board certified as an expert in patent law, I have spent 20 years in industry and academia helping inventors in Florida get their ideas protected with the United States Patent Office (USPTO). The following video outlines my journey from law school to opening up my own private practice to service inventors across the state. Please note I am AV Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating possible. My accumulated industry experience (and role as Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Board Law Center) have earned me the title, The Patent Professor® . Please contact me below, if you would like to confidentially discuss your invention.

Why Is This iPhone Wraparound Patent Causing a Stir?

Apple recently applied for a patent for a new iPhone. While the company has been filing patent applications for new iPhones for several years, this particular design caused a small stir in the tech world. Instead of showing the standard rectangular glass display, this patent application had a diagram showing the screen wrapped around the entire phone. This design could completely revolutionize the way that people use their smartphones and ensure Apple’s place as a tech innovator. With this innovation, Apple users could do a lot more with their phones. To start, the “hardwired” buttons, such as the volume controls, would now become part of each app instead of mounted to the surface of the phone. This would allow every app to have their own set of controls, rather than relying on the limited functionality of “hard” buttons. The phone itself would be completely encased by the wraparound screen, eliminating the edges and borders that currently exist. Of course, eliminating [&

Will This Amazing Underwater Hotel Actually Happen in Florida?

In the near future, could we be staying in a deep-sea hotel leagues below the surface? The developers behind Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel certainly hope so. The Florida-based project aims to become the first “self-contained affordable mini-luxury underwater hotel” in the world. Underwater hotels are nothing new. In Key Largo, Florida, a converted underwater research facility 21 feet below the water’s surface, the Jules Undersea Lodge, offers a unique ecotourism opportunity. The Hydropolis in Dubai is currently under construction and is an estimated $550 million luxury resort situated 66 feet below the surface. The difference between these projects and the Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel is affordability and feasible architectural design. The concept behind the Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel is that prefabricated parts are used to create the modular design. All sections of the hotel would be made in a factory before being transported and installed at the construction site. The p

Thomas Bales Demonstrates That Scientific Geeks Can Get Rich Too

There is a lot of debate whether it is now cool to be a geek. So-called nerds have changed society for the better with their inventions. One such creative type is Thomas O. Bales. This scientific genius used the proceeds from his patents to transform a Coral Gables, Florida, mansion into a virtual nirvana for inventive types. Anybody who enjoys whiling away a day tinkering with electronic and mechanical gadgets would have felt comfortable in this home laboratory. Now, according to sources, Bales has sold the 8-bedroom home for $12.6 million. Bales demonstrates that working at a home lab can be more profitable than Wall Street or professional sports. The creator of a battery-powered surgical instrument has for years been a top mind in the medical device community. Here are some of the amenities found in the two-story stucco home. Professional Grade Telescope Want to stare at the stars? Well, no problem at the former Bales estate. There is a […]

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