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Which patent should you file? Patents in plain english…

Do you know why you might want to file a provisional patent instead of a non-provisional patent? Each has its advantages and disadvantages. And today you’re going to learn which one is best for your needs. First, a little history behind the creation of the two-patent system we enjoy today. Up until 1995, there was only one way to file a patent. You filled out the application in its entirety (hoping your invention was absolutely perfect) and then wait months or years to see if the patent office would accept your idea as useful, novel or non-obvious enough to be awarded a patent. That all changed on June 8, 1995. On that date the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced the provisional patent, a revolutionary concept that allowed inventors to acquire patent-pending status faster…with less up-front patent attorney costs…and allowed the inventor a full year to tinker and perfect their invention before submitting it for final approval. Before [&hellip

Think your idea is silly? Check out these patents…

Today, let’s take a look at some of the crazier patents from the USPTO. (As silly as some of these seem, I assure you, they have all passed successfully through the patent office doors). User-Operated Amusement Apparatus for Kicking the User’s Buttocks. Patent No. 6,293,874. (2001) Improvement in Fire Escapes (Short Range Parachute). Patent No. 221,855 (1879) Wiper Mechanism to Keep Eyeglasses clean of rain, steam or the like. Patent No. 2,888,703 (1959) Method of Preserving the Dead (for display). Patent No. 748,284 (1903) Apparatus for Walking on the Water. Patent No. 22457 (1858) Do you have an idea for a silly (or hopefully very useful) patent? If so, call our Coral Springs, Florida patent attorney office toll-free hotline number at 1-866-Idea-Attorneys (that’s 1-866-433-2288)

What is Patentable?

A lot of people come to my office with ideas they want patented. Some of these ideas are absurd and yet are still candidates for patents. While many other ideas seem to have huge marketplace potential, but are not possible to patent. So what makes the difference? What kinds of ideas can be patented? And what can’t. Today, you’ll learn the difference. Patents – “Anything under the sun made by the hand of man…” The general rule of patents is that they must be created by man. Here is a short list with explanations. Mechanical devices and articles of manufacture – The dictionary defines a mechanical device as "a mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles". Pretty creative, huh? Anyways, if you can make a machine that is new and useful, you can patent it.  Processes – A process is simply a way of doing things. If you can make a better process for doing something, you have a good [&hellip

How to Make Money After You Get a Patent

So you’ve got a patent. Now what? A new book solves this very problem. The Other Side of Innovation from Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble show how companies turn patents into products into profits. Here’s what The Economist has to say: "Hardly a week passes without someone publishing a book on the subject. Most are rubbish. But ‘The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge’ is rather good … In their new book [the authors] address two subjects that are usually given short shrift: established companies rather than start-ups and the implementation of new ideas rather than their generation.” Click on the link to buy it on Amazon – The Other Side of Innovation

Resource for Super High Tech Patents

If you are interested in state-of-the-art patents, then there is a little known magazine that you need to check out. Each month this magazine is filled with literally hundreds of new patents. Thumbing through the last issue I came across interesting breakthroughs like: A new aluminum solar collector with impressive efficiency A new type of glass that changes volume An aircraft flap that reduces noise Magnetic sensors that work within conductive containers (which usually interfere with normal sensors) And a flexible seal that works in the high pressure, high flux environments of aerospace vehicles And tons of other new patents that only a technology geek would love! (By the way, before I was a patent attorney I was an engineer…so I love this stuff.) There is even a section in this magazine which could help you find a buyer for your invention before you work on it! So what is this resource that everyone who is interested in cutting edge technology […]

Top 5 Patents from TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of the Year

The November 22 issue of TIME magazine contained an article any future patent holder would love. The 50 Best Inventions of the Year showcased everything from flying cars to mosquito killing lasers. While there is not enough space here to describe all 50, here’s a look at my top 5 picks from the TIME Top 50. Patent #5: Around The World In An Hour In an effort to fight isolated conflicts, the U.S. Prompt Global Strike initiative developed the X-51A WaveRider to attack any spot around the globe within an hour. The hypersonic missile can travel 600 miles in just 10 minutes! The most interesting feature is the missiles nose, which is designed to take advantage of the train of sonic waves it creates by making them break at the optimal angle. Take that Al-Qaeda! Patent #4: I Compute BS The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has developed software that can detect sarcasm. The new software is designed to spot sarcastic […]

New Apple Patent Suggests Carbon Fiber iPad

Based on a new patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple has been playing around with the idea of using carbon fiber for a little extra strength protection for their mobile devices. For full story and drawings click on the link…Carbon Fiber Patent

Master of Patents Success Story

Just stumbled on a story you future patent holders may be interested in… Medtronic’s Michael R.S. Hill just hit the impressive feat of 50 patents in 18 years. Hill’s patent work has focused on improving implantable cardiac devices for patients with irregular heart rhythms and creating new solutions that combine cardiovascular and neuromodulation (zapping the brain or nervous system) technologies.  To read the full story click on the link…Master of Patents

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 […]

Amazon’s “One Click Case” changes Patent Law

A Canadian federal judge says business methods can be patented in the same way as any other invention. For Canadian IP lawyers, the decision is significant because it clears up confusion about whether or not  "business methods" can be patented in Canada. Click on the link for the full story on this patent law change

Patents Expired? You could be sued…

A quick head’s up to anyone who sells a patented product. The law allows anyone to sue a business that falsely marks a product patent pending or patented.  Any can also sue a business that keeps a patent number on a product too long.  The incentive for the person bringing the lawsuit is that get to keep up to 50% of the penalties for themselves. As a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney, I have been approached in the past by clients whose patents are expiring and there are a number of important things to keep in mind.  If interested in learning more, here’s the full story – Expired Patent Products If you have a patented product, call or visit a patent attorney immediately to see if you are at risk. You can visit any of our Florida offices (located in Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Tampa, Orlando, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Coral Gables or Jupiter).

Has your idea already been patented? 5 Ways to Find Out

Excited by a new idea, a young kid in my neighborhood ran up to me last night. He was playing with a bouncy ball, but kept losing it in the dark. Remembering some glow-in-the-dark stickers in his room, he figured a glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball would be a great idea too. I rewarded him for his creativity…told him it was a great idea…and gently let him know someone else had already thought of it. Save Time and Money Before You Patent Before you invest tons of time or money developing your big idea (or unnecessarily paying a patent attorney), you should spend a little time finding out if the idea has already been patented. The good news is preliminary patent searches aren’t difficult. And it could even make your idea better or more profitable. Here are the 5 ways inventors can find out if there is a patent on their idea. Patent Pre-Search Idea #1: Stores If you idea for a […]

Are you Screwed If Someone Patents Your Invention Before You Do?

On a hot South Florida summer night, two years ago, two inventors worked busily in their garages refining their inventions. They were very much alike, these two inventors. Both were hard-working. Both had great ideas that could benefit mankind. And both stood to profit wildly from their inventions. Recently, these two men visited a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney to file a patent and protect their ideas. They were still very much alike. Both had invested their life-savings in their idea. Both had perfected their designs. And both had a finished product that would sell like hotcakes on the open market. But there was a problem. For both men, patents for products just like theirs had already been applied for. While one inventor had to walk away, the other inventor took specific steps that allowed him to win the patent, even though he wasn’t the first to apply for the patent. Protecting Your Idea: What Made The Difference Did you know […]

Impossible to Patent: How to Spot a Time and Money Wasting Idea

As a registered patent attorney in Coral Springs (in South Florida), I’ve helped many inventors turn ideas into fortunes. Their years of investing – both time and money – finally pay off big time. However, for each successful inventor that is making money from their ideas, there are dozens of examples of people who have worked hard and have nothing to show for it. What separates the winners from those who toil in obscurity? Bad ideas. More specifically, ideas and inventions that are ineligible for patent protection.   I don’t want you to waste time and money on an idea you can’t profit from, so let’s take a closer look at the initial criteria required for a patent. How to Pass the Patent Gatekeeper Just because you fall in love with an idea doesn’t mean it will make you rich. There are certain requirements the patent examiner runs your patent application through to determine if you are eligible for a patent. If […]

Copyright vs. Patent Protection for Inventors

Inventors, did you know some of your work is automatically protected upon creation? And that other work requires specific documentation to make sure nobody steals your intellectual property? This commonly overlooked yet major detail is the difference between copyright and patent law.  As a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney, I am often asked by inventors to explain the differences between the two avenues of protection.   Understanding the subtle differences is the key to making sure only you profit from your hard work. Here are the details… Copyright Law A Copyright is a set of  exclusive rights granted to the creator of an original work (generally written, artistic, or intellectually produced material) including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. Examples of copyright material are maps, books, paintings, photographs, music, movies and software. To "copyright" material, you must simply place the copyright icon in fron