Category Archives: Advice For Inventors

Tips for Patentability Searching

Tips for Patentability Searching By Frederic M. Douglas © 2012, Frederic M. Douglas, All Rights Reserved. Persons new to filing patent applications often have basic questions regarding patent searches. Should an inventor do a patent search? Is a patent search … Continue reading

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Patent, Publish, Or Keep It A Secret?

Patent, Publish, or Keep Secret A rudimentary flow chart for the types of decisions advisable for figuring out whether to apply for a patent for an idea, keep it confidential as a trade secret, or to publish the idea to … Continue reading

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Patent Validity: Offers to Sell an Invention Before Getting a Patent

Patent Validity: Offers to Sell an Invention Be careful when selling an invention before filing a patent application.  By Frederic M. Douglas; douglaspatents.com © January 14, 2002, Frederic M. Douglas, All Rights Reserved.                    Q.  When does an offer … Continue reading

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Benefits to Getting a Patent

Often, people are unsure as to whether to apply for a patent or to go “naked” into the marketplace. Consider this list of benefits to owning a patent and talk to a registered patent attorney if you have further questions.

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Three Types of Patents

This video describes the different types of patents. Often, novice inventors are confused as to the various types of patents. This list is a good starting basis for understanding the various types of patents. fdouglas@cox.net Copyright 2012, Frederic M. Douglas. … Continue reading

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Benefits of Getting a Patent

Benefits of Getting a Patent By Frederic M. Douglas; douglaspatents.com © 2012, Frederic M. Douglas, All Rights Reserved. Frederic M. Douglas (fdouglas@cox.net) is a solo practitioner specializing in litigation involving intellectual property (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, and more). Often, … Continue reading

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Tips on patent subject matter eligibility for computer readable media

Tips on patent subject matter eligibility for computer readable media © 2012 Frederic M. Douglas. All Rights Reserved.                Many patent applications have been filed aimed at protecting inventions involving computers. Often the patent claims describe using disc drives or … Continue reading

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