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Inventors Reap Rewards from “Cheap” Patents

Have you ever dreamed about inventing a product that raked in millions? Do you think you have to invent the next "big thing" to do so? Not necessarily so. There have been plenty of nickel-and-dime patented products that have gone on to make their owners millionaires. For example, a number of patents that have crossed my desk have helped their inventors live a life they only dreamed of. An article on Yahoo finance listed 7 products under $5 that made millions. The patents range from a failed glue that wasn’t sticky enough…a straw that helped to get kids to drink their milk…a craze sweeping the nation right now…a static "pet"…a new use for a tennis ball…and a safer baseball. Visit 7 Products Under $5 that Made Millions and see if you can’t think of the next million dollar ide

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