Patent The Patent Troll

New inventions and engineers go together like songs and musicians, and consequently every engineer should know something about patents. The practice of patenting inventions to give the inventor a temporary monopoly as a reward for ingenuity is something that most countries do today, and by and large, we are probably better off with patent systems than without them. But patent systems can be abused, and some of the biggest abusers…

Inventor Basics

Lets Get Started With Some Inventor Basics Most inventions are pretty straight forward. Problem X could be solved only if there was a product Y. Inventors get their drive from seeing a problem and having that a urger to solve it. So if you have a clear idea of what you want to build, lets take it from there. Start out by clearly documenting your idea. What problem does it…

Prototyping Gives You Power

Congrats, your entrepreneurial spirit has concurred and you are ready to act on your new invention idea. You’ve started your homework and realized you are going to need a prototype, which simply put is a three-dimensional version of your vision. Building a prototype will likely be one of the most rewarding steps you’ll take. That’s because developing a prototype gives you the opportunity to really unleash your creativity, using those…

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Apple V Samsung, the Patent War

So you have a sweet new idea for a product, great. You do the responsible thing and start to research your next steps. As expected you hit the patenting crossroad and are left with a hundred questions. Fret not, completely understood. Patent, patent, don’t patent, don’t patent yet, have your licenser patent for you, its just all up in the air. For your comfort, please understand you’ve entered a world…

Patent trolls

They Live! Patent Trolls!!

Patent troll From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A patent troll, also called a patent assertion entity (PAE), is a person or company who enforces patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question, thus engaging in economic rent-seeking. Related, less pejorative terms include patent holding company (PHC) and non-practicing entity (NPE). Generally not considered patent trolls are NPEs such as individual inventors, university research laboratories, development firms that…

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Patent, or Not to Patent?

Getting a patent, understand the right type of patent to get, or even the right time to patent is the primary roadblock for most new ideas. If you start to get confused when researching how and when to patent, guess what? You are not alone. Bringing a new product idea to market, as an independent, is no easy task. It is high risk, costly, unlikely, but also is at the…

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Decisions, Decisions

So you have an idea. You are confident it is a good one, and darn it,  you are going to profit from it. Well, the invention promotion industry is rife with competition, some much more legitimate than the other. As part of our mission statement, that is we remain steadfast to examine all the companies in our industry. We just felt compelled today to share with you a company called…

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R.I.P. My Idea

We’ve all been there. Your head hits the pillow and your consciousness pleasantly fading away as the sweet promise of sleep draws closer and then, it hits you. An idea for a game-changing invention that will make you a millionaire overnight. Then you wake up the next morning, step out of the shower, and make the exact same mistake the prevents most ideas from moving forward. That is, you let…