Don’t forget a business plan while seeking patent protection

1611-business-patent-successMost inventors hope to either actively participate in the commercialization of their invention or license the invention so they may receive a royalty for such commercialization efforts. Working with a patent attorney to seek patent protection is only a portion of the typical patent based business. Continue reading Don’t forget a business plan while seeking patent protection

Don’t Launch a Kickstarter Patent Problem

Kickstarter.com, Indiegogo.com and other crowdfunding sites have revolutionized the way that some businesses start up and raise capital. However, when new technology is involved, it is best to look before you leap. In a first-to-file patent system there is a danger that winning the race to raise capital could lead to losing the race to the Patent Office.

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Simple Patent Application Timeline

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Above is an example of a potential timeline for a patent application. It is important to note that the example represents a very simple course of patent examination concluding in the issuance of a patent and that the discussion below contains only a few highlights of the application process. Continue reading Simple Patent Application Timeline

Business help for Louisiana Inventors

ResourcesIn addition to seeking the assistance of a patent attorney Louisiana inventors should focus on the business plans associated with their inventions. The Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC) is a place where inventors and other innovators go for assistance with the business side of commercializing their inventions. LBTC serves as a business incubator for Louisiana businesses and Louisiana technology businesses in particular. Continue reading Business help for Louisiana Inventors

Searches Add Value to Patent Applications

SearchIf your Baton Rouge company has a new product or service and you don’t know of anyone else that has anything like it, be careful.  A patent application is a significant investment.The company’s investment in a patent application is not like an investment in vehicle or other tangible item. Continue reading Searches Add Value to Patent Applications

Don’t fall for a patent scam

WarningInventors should be wary of anyone who approaches them seeking money in exchange for patent promotion services, particularly if they seem too good to be true.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office keeps a running list of the inventor complaints that it publishes.  If a firm that you are considering dealing with is on the list, it is a must read. Continue reading Don’t fall for a patent scam

Inventors should beware of invention disclosures

WarningREVISED 7/8/2012:  Baton Rouge inventors and others who manage or supervise inventors or potential inventors should be aware of how the disclosures of inventions impact potential patent rights.  35 U.S.C. 102(b) describes how an inventor can loose patent rights by disclosing an invention and failing to file a patent application in the allotted period of time. Continue reading Inventors should beware of invention disclosures

How to find a Baton Rouge Patent Attorney:

Updated 7/5/2012: Baton Rouge has a several quality patent attorneys within the metro area.  Edel Patents LLC is run by John Edel, a former patent examiner for the US Patent Office, who has experience with chemical, pharmaceutical, and mechanical technologies. Other firms in the Baton Rouge area also have patent attorneys with their own unique combination of skill sets. Continue reading How to find a Baton Rouge Patent Attorney:

Environmental Patent Blog (Old)

ContaminationInnovation.com
ContaminationInnovation.com

John Edel is a Baton Rouge Louisiana Patent Attorney.  His blog, ContaminationInnovation.com, is focused on patents and innovation in the fields of pollution control, waste treatment, contamination and similar technologies.

Update: The Blog is no longer live as of April 2018.