Category Archives: Patents

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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Real World of Inventing

Very little is written about the real world of inventing. Many wannabe inventors love to do the following: Come up with ideas for new products Create working prototypes of our ideas Hope to find someone to “buy” the idea or invention To succeed as … Continue reading

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Inventors: Become Curious Observers

I have observed that engineers, accountants, architects and other professionals who put many long, hard hours not only into their profession, but into continuing educations to maintain their skills in the marketplace. Makes perfect sense: to succeed and advance in … Continue reading

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