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April 11, 2009
News - Your March Caption Contes… |
about 9 hours ago
Look, I’m not blaming anyone, but somebody left the door open at lunch and QCPete got out. Everyone grab something from the Dings and Dents bin and start looking for him.
News - Your SparkFun January Cap… |
about 2 months ago
Ever wonder why there’s a Dings and Dents page?
News - The Return to Shenzhen - … |
about 3 years ago
Like SparkFun? :)
News - Problems with Intellectua… |
about 5 years ago
Just my 2 cents:
1. Cost: You can reduce the amount you pay the attorney by giving him/her a very detailed description of the invention up front. Giving the attorney a one page description is a sure fire way to get a large bill later on.
2. Do a Google search (not just Google patents) for your invention before going to the attorney. Remember to use synonyms. If you find something remotely like your invention, repeat the search for the parts of the invention that distinguish it from what you found. Even if it is unrelated to your invention, determine if you as an engineer would think of combining these parts.
3. Don’t be discouraged when the Patent Office rejects your application the first time. It is going to happen.
4. Use an attorney. Patent claim drafting is an art. You are allowed to file yourself, but patent claims have to be written in a certain format.
5. Even a minor invention can be valuable. See the story about Robert Kearns and intermittent wipers.
Actually, that patent should never have been issued.
No public wish lists :(