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Cost of a Patent One of the first questions from inventors is how much does a patent cost. The answer, unfortunately varies. You can file your own patent for as little as a few hundred dollars. However, because of the complexity and potential value most people prefer to have a patent attorney file a patent Read more about How Much does a Patent Cost[…]
One of the first questions many inventors ask is: What Does a Patent Do, and Why Should I get a patent? What Does a Patent Do? A patent is a grant from the government which provides the receiver of a patent the exclusive right to their invention for a fixed period of time. In exchange, Read more about What Does a Patent Do ?[…]
A strong intellectual property strategy can provide long-term success. However, there are many misunderstandings about the patent process which can contribute to a weak intellectual property strategy.
Plant Patent Protection Pepsi has sued four farmers in India for growing potatoes which are protected in India under the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act (PPV). The PPV was enacted in 2001 and was supposed to be pro farmer. Under the PPV, registration of a plant variety provides exclusivity to produce, sell, Read more about Potato Dispute over Plant Patent in India[…]
As the owner of intellectual property (a patent, copyright or trademark), you have invested significant time, energy and resources into protecting your patent, copyright or trademark. What do you do if you find someone is violating your patent rights, for example? Do you file a lawsuit immediately? Do you contact the police? Do you contact Read more about Caution – Cease and Desist Letter[…]
How to Patent an Idea Making money off of your million dollar idea, can be rewarding, but it is not easy. Often times, to become successful, an inventor must build a business around their new product idea, or they must sell their idea to another company. Making millions of dollars off your first idea takes Read more about How to Patent an Idea (4 steps)[…]
So you have a great idea. An idea which will change the world. Your idea makes the world a better place, improve everyone’s way of life while being profitable. You create a prototype and prove it works. The numbers show that your invention will make millions while costing very little. A large company, one of Read more about Dangers of Making Money From an Invention[…]
Applying for a patent In the U.S. requires that the patent application must be directed towards patentable subject matter and that it be Useful, New and Non-Obvious. Patentable Subject Matter To be patentable, the subject matter of the invention should be directed towards a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or Read more about Applying for a Patent[…]