Last week, I had a refreshing and unusual telephone conversation with a patent examiner from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Can I File My Own Patent Application?
Nineteenth-century French playwright Charles-Guillaume Etienne wrote, "On n'est jamais servi si bien que par soi-même," which roughly translates to,
How to Kill your Patent Application
When you (the inventor) submit an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a design or utility patent, an examiner
What is a Utility Patent?
Utility patents are what most people think of when they think about patents. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, it’s the better mousetrap for which the
Do I Need a Patent?
You’ve invented Thing 1, Or a method for Thing 2. So what, you then wonder, Is an inventor to do? Yes -- file a patent! And once it