Category Archives: Patents

Inventor Financial Blunders – and How to Avoid Them

Inventing is a challenging profession: it is capital intensive and many big costs occur in the beginning and the profits, if any, may not come until years later, if ever. Who wants to sign up? Obviously, I ‘signed up’ or I wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Inventing – The Road(s) Not Traveled

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost The above poem,one of the most oft quoted from poet Robert Frost, resonates with millions more … Continue reading

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Inventor Q & A: Questions and Answers

I thought it might be nice to post a variety of common questions that inventors ask and my answers. My answers are, of course, just that: my answers. Other inventors may, no doubt, have different answers than I do. Here are … Continue reading

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Your New Invention May not be Patentable

This post is the second of three key issues that every new inventor should consider. The reality is that your new invention idea: May not really be new May not be patentable May not be commercially valuable For this post, let’s focus on the fact that your … Continue reading

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The Road Less Traveled for Inventors

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—  I took the one less traveled by,  And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost Patent, Prototypes, and Packaging Much of inventing and the creative process is intangible: will consumers really understand … Continue reading

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Your Invention: Fail Early and Fail Fast

You have an idea for a great new product. Now what? What you choose to do next is key to your success (or lack of it). Here are your first three steps: Do your own free patent search on uspto.gov … Continue reading

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No-No’s for New Inventors

Much is written about what inventors should do to be successful. But, equally important is what inventors should avoid doing to be successful: inventor no-no’s.  Below are three no-no’s every inventors must avoid to achieve success. No-No 1: Rushing out … Continue reading

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