Getting to Market: It is NOT about the Patent

So many inventors believe that if you can get a patent you can get to market. These are two different issues and while they are related they are not dependent on each other. You do NOT need a patent to go to market. You need a patent to negotiate. Find the market The...

So Now You Need to Sell It: The Marketplace!

Have you taken your product to the marketplace? Most really good inventors have an “aha” moment solving a common household or workplace problem. After going through the steps and spending a good chunk of cash, the inventor finally has something to sell. Unfortunately,...

Satellite Patent Office in Denver

I have been asked by many if I am excited about the new satellite Patent Office opening in Denver.  Yes, but not for the reason many would expect. Opening satellite offices in cities around the country won’t really change the process.  It will still cost the...

The Reality of Crowdfunding

I am frequently asked about crowdfunding as a way to finance a new product. There is no way that I can discuss all of the things you need to know about running a Crowdfunding Campaign. However, I have two critical issues that need to be addressed first: There is NO...

The Professional Patent Search

I have noticed over the last few months a local organization encouraging inventors to do their own patent searching rather than having a professional search done.  This group has also implied that they can teach you in a few hours how to do your own searching by going...

Doing Your Own Patent Search

Recently I saw that a local inventor group was suggesting that they could teach you to do your own patent search and that somehow this would be enough to base your financial future on. While I agree that learning to search and building your own version of a prototype,...

Hiring an Attorney

I use attorneys all the time.  I work with attorneys and I am even married to an attorney.  However, while I believe you will definitely need to use an attorney from time to time, I want you to keep some parameters in mind. 1.  Just like there are good car mechanics...

Happy 2013 – Let’s Make It Count!

January 1st is when most of us try to start our recently proclaimed New Year’s resolutions.  For inventors, getting started right away is important.  No matter your progress (or lack of progress) last year, take a few minutes to decide what you want to accomplish this...