Tips to help make the process easier for you the inventor
- First never assume your idea is innovative or even a new concept. You are your own best advocate. Take some time to do a quick prior art search of your own using simple free internet resources and a Google Patent Search. Often times you will find your idea for an invention is well documented, patented and covered in a number of conceptual and real world forms.
- Take a no idea is bad idea, but NOT every idea is patentable approach to all of your ideas and invention concepts.
- If an idea for an invention is a product that can be readily purchased or has a number of similar product counter-parts that are easily identified, it likely won’t be eligible for a patent.
Tips to take before submitting any idea in any form - Especially over the Internet
- Never submit in writing or tell your unpatented idea to anyone without an NDA in place.
- Get familiar with the new “first to file” patent rules in the U.S. which require an inventor or company to file a patent before engaging in any public use, sale, offer for sale or disclosure outside of a confidential relationship.
- Before submitting any concept or product idea you should have as much information and documentation around your invention concept as possible.
- If there are similar product concepts or inventions that already exist, take time to document and differentiate how your invention is novel and unique from similar inventions.
- Cite every instance that makes your idea stands out as novel, unique and innovative, as these are the first questions our team at the IPN or any patent attorney will ask.
- Take the time to get comfortable with every aspect of your idea for an invention and be prepared for tough questions covering every detail of your idea.
Cold Hard Facts of Patent Ownership and the Risks You Assume as an Inventor
- Patents are expensive to create and produce and have additional annual maintenance costs just to keep the patent active at the USPTO level. *Unless previously agreed The IPN and its affiliates handle no maintenance or services fees related to the fees generated from the ownership and assignment of any patent.
- Patents are most commonly used to protect a specific aspect of a business method, product design or an apparatus or process within an invention and not every patent issued results in a financial gain for the inventor. *The IPN makes no assurances or guarantees as to any financial compensation or reward that an inventor will receive from any work performed at the IPN.
- Not every product that receives a design patent is purchased, licensed or even manufactured. *Unless a previous manufacturing agreement is in place with The IPN and its customer, The IPN assumes no responsibility for the creation or marketing of a product or design patent created at the IPN.
- An issued patents value is often dependent on the scope of the claims coverage, which are generally a matter of opinion until the patents and concepts are actually marketed, litigated or licensed. *The IPN assumes no responsibility for the target identification, licensing or litigation of any concept or patent created at the IPN.
- Even if the USPTO issues you a patent and you decide to litigate or improperly attempt to license the patented concept you can lose the entire patent or some of the claims through an interparty dispute with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) or at a lower court level. *The IPN assumes no responsibility for the defense, prosecution, litigation or any PTAB rulings related to any concept or patent created at the IPN.
- A patent is not a license to print money and only protects the rights to an invention. Often times a patented invention is infringed and litigation is required to receive licensing revenues from infringement of the patented invention. *The IPN assumes no responsibility for the defense, prosecution, litigation or any PTAB rulings related to any concept or patent created at the IPN