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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Who’s an Inventor for a Patent?

When filing a patent application, the applicant must state correctly who are the inventors of the invention(s). If the patent issues with the wrong inventor listed, the patent may end up being invalid or unenforceable. Be sure to not omit … Continue reading

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8 Tips For Inventors Planning To File A Patent Application

Copyright 2010 Frederic M. Douglas.  All Rights Reserved. 1. When you get your stroke of genius and come up with an idea, WRITE IT DOWN! You need to create a record of invention before going any further. You should list: … Continue reading

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Eureka! Now What? – Entrepreneur.com

Eureka! Now What? – Entrepreneur.com.

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