Tag: Patent Search

Your Guide to Understanding Patent Novelty

One of the basic requirements for an invention to be considered patentable is that it must be novel, or new, according to the patent laws of the United States. What exactly determines patent novelty and how might it affect your…

Patent Search for Prior Art

Patent searches may be performed to gather market information, to track technological advances or even to better understand the conventions for patent structure and vocabulary. While these are all valid reasons to perform a patent search, the most common reason…

Steps in the Patent Process

Filing a patent application is a complex procedure and your rights as an inventor may be lost if the patent application and prosecution are not handled by an experienced patent attorney. ¬†As a patent attorney, I understand the importance of…

Protecting Your Not So New Idea

While on a recent daytime talk show, the youngest self-made female billionaire and creator of Spanx, Sara Blakely, remarked that she was not the first person to have the idea for Spanx. Instead, she was the first woman to do…

I Have a Great Idea, I Want a Patent!

I love working with individual inventors. They are consistently enthusiastic about their inventions and believe they have invented the next best thing. That is why I often feel like the Grinch when I counsel them to invest in a patent…