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 same and take the same amount of time. The fact that you can go to the office maybe fun but I am not sure that it really makes a difference to any inventor getting ready to file. You can access the uspto database from your home computer and not have to fight the traffic or pay for parking. Doing your own patent work is like doing your own brain surgery: by the time you realize you have made a mistake, it is too late to fix it. As a licensing agent, I cannot work with an inventor who did his/her own patent.
However, what does make me excited and where I see the new satellite office having a positive influence is raising the awareness of the importance of filing for intellectual property by inventors. It is simple: no patent–no negotiations. An inventor’s ability to license or stop someone from copying is only as good as the intellectual property. Some people tell inventors just make the product and be “first to market”. Being “first to market” is important but only once you have decided if you are infringing on prior art or if you know you CAN’T file a patent.
Most inventors want to get to the point where they can have someone else make their product, sell it and send them a check. It is called licensing and you can only do it if you have a patent.
I am excited about the new Satellite Patent Office in Denver. If you have any questions, please email me or give me a call.