Posts Tagged: famous inventors


Patent Drafting Basics: Instruction Manual Detail is What You Seek

In some important ways a patent application should be akin to an instruction manual, but unlike the aforementioned BBQ grill, the reader of relevant skill in the …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 4

Investing in Inventing: A Patent Process Primer for Startups

The patent process is long and complex, but well worth the effort if it means protecting your invention and your new company. Key decisions made along the …
By Trevor Day & Neil Ferraro
3 years ago 7

How to Write a Patent Application

Writing a patent application is not as easy as many think. Indeed, the concept of usefully describing the invention, which on its face seems easy enough to …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

The Plight of the Patentee

Having produced a non-obvious, non-abstract invention and playing by the patent office’s rules is no guarantee of a patent granting. Some examiners have refused to issue …
By David Wanetick
3 years ago 15

Patent Applications 101: Drawings Really Should be Required

Better practice remains to file applications with any and all drawings necessary to understand the invention. The best practice is not only to file what is necessary, …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 2

PTAB Reform: An Urgent Request on Behalf of Independent Inventors

What follows is a letter on the topic of PTAB reform that will be sent to USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on Monday, May 14, 2018. The letter seeks urgent …
By Josh Malone
3 years ago 26

USPTO Director Iancu Makes Surprise Appearance at Inventor Conference

"We are focused on delivering reliable and predictable IP rights," Director Iancu told the Inventor Group Presidents gathered at the Patent Office as he addressed them to …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 16

Director Iancu speaks of Wright Brothers as champions of innovation, not villains

Here is what Director Iancu had to say about the Wright Brothers: "At my swearing-in, I remarked that through the doors of the U.S. Patent and …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 13

Mary Engle Pennington: The Mother of Modern Food Preservation

The preservation of food and beverage products for safe consumption despite extended shelf lives at grocery stores is a major global industry. Both consumers and companies have …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Inventorship 101: Who are Inventors and Joint Inventors?

Inventorship is one of the most fundamental concepts in patent law. Of course, fundamental does not mean easy or uncomplicated. Patents are granted to inventors, which is …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 14

Admissions as Prior Art in a Patent: What they are and why you need to avoid them

So what is an admission? A statement made during patent prosecution identifying the work of another as prior art is called an admission. Admissions can and will …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 11

Provisional Applications: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Provisional applications can be a very useful tool, but only when they are done right. When provisional patent applications are done poorly you not only obtain no …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 6

Patent Search 101: Why US Patent Searches are Critically Important

Patents are expensive to obtain. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money if there are easy to find references a US …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 3

Earle Dickson Invents Band-Aid® Bandages to Promote Healing

December 28 marks the anniversary of the issuance of a patent covering a bandage technology commonly known as the Band-Aid®, invented at Johnson & Johnson... In order to speed …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Patent Drafting: The most valuable patent focuses on structural uniqueness of an invention

It can be enormously difficult for inventors to describe their own inventions. This is true not because the inventor doesn’t know what they’ve invented, or …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 7