What Are the Steps to Get a Utility Patent?

When you start the patenting process for a utility patent, there are two types of applications to consider — provisional & nonprovisional. Which one to start with is a matter of budget and strategy.

America Has Reached 10,000,000 Patents … and Counting

June 18, 2018, was a very important day in the world of U.S. patents. It was a landmark, a real milestone because, on June 18th, patent number 10 million was issued. What’s interesting is that it took 120 years to reach the millionth patent — but if you look at how things have progressed, the […]

The Patent Process: What Non-IP Lawyers Need to Know

In this practical webinar, you will learn how an idea or invention moves through the Patent Office to become a patent. Understanding the process will help you counsel clients who receive a cease and desist letter, inherit a patent, defend against a patent holder, or evaluate whether buying or licensing a patent is a good […]

Strategy for Starting Out With the Correct Patent Application!

Previously, I outlined how to move a patent application through a patent office in approximately a year’s time and the strategy involved in doing so. Personally, I believe a holistic patent strategy is imperative for my clients — an examination of all aspects of the client’s business and how it relates to the patent process […]

Attorney-Client Privilege Is Greater Than > Non-Disclosure Agreements

From time-to-time, individuals call my office and request an appointment to discuss their invention. Many times, they have done a little bit of homework and have learned about a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). As a precaution, they usually ask me to sign their NDA at the start of the appointment, before they share anything with me. […]

Attorney-Client Confidentiality and Privilege 101

Every so often, when I’m expecting a client to walk in the door for their first appointment, I’m surprised to see two people walk through the door. The first thing I ask is to be introduced. Then I ask them what their relationship is. That may seem intrusive and nosy — especially when I ask […]

How Long Will It Take Me to Get My Patent?

{3:15 minutes to read} A question I am frequently asked is, “How long does it take to get a patent?” As with most things, the short answer is, “It depends.” I often say that a typical case takes about 2 – 3 years. To understand why, we need to look at patent law history. Previously, […]

“Pro Tips” for Your Prototype

People always ask, “Well I haven’t built a prototype, can I apply for a patent?” And the truth of the matter is: you don’t need a prototype to apply for a patent.                      If you are going to build a prototype, I’d love to share some […]

Pass Go & Collect: How to Patent Board Games

The Story of Monopoly… A patent is a limited monopoly that the government grants for an invention. The government granted inventor Charles Darrow a patent US2026082A on the board game Monopoly in 1935. There’s some controversy about the 1935 patent: Darrow learned about another game called “The Landlords’ Game” that was patented in 1904 by a […]

Foreign Filing License & Your Filing Receipt

Most people who are filing for a patent in the United States don’t even realize that, at the same time, they’re applying for a foreign filing license. What’s that? Well, it turns out that if some or all of the inventive process takes place in the United States, before you can apply for a patent […]