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Before Applying for a Patent

Do You Need a Patent Attorney?

Many inventors believe that they must use a patent attorney to get a valid patent. This isn’t true.

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Finding and Disclosing to a Patent Attorney

At some point, you may need the advice and counsel of an experienced patent attorney. Your first step is to find one in your area who can help you.

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Questions to Consider Before Licensing

Got a great idea that you think others will pay you to use? Before offering it up for licensing, ask yourself the following questions.

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Deciding to File a Provisional Patent Application

Filing a provisional patent application (PPA) protects your idea and starts the process of getting a patent and making money from your invention. But ...

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Should You License or Manufacture Your Invention?

You've got a great invention and a patent. But now how do you make money? You can either license the invention to a third party, or you can manufactur...

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Differences in Financing Your Invention

You've got a great invention and a patent. But now how do you make money? You can either license the invention to a third party, or you can manufactur...

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What Are Improvement Patents and New Use Patents?

When you're looking for patentable innovations, be sure to consider improvements made to existing products. This class of patents are issued frequentl...

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When Is a Combination Invention Patentable?

Many new inventions are combinations of existing inventions. For example, imagine that you wanted an all-purpose home warning system, so you combined ...

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Checklist: Should You Patent Your Invention?

Before filing a provisional patent application, ask yourself these questions.

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Business Method Patents

Business method patents are issued to software and Internet companies that have devised novel ways of doing business -- for example, a new online orde...

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Before You Patent

Here are five steps to take before seeking a utility patent.

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