Patents

Patents are critical for protecting inventions and designs. Learn how and when to file one, read success stories from fellow inventors, and more.

10 Great August Patents

We depend on these inventions for everything from keeping our pants up to keeping us entertained.

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How to Get a Patent in 5 Steps

Applying for a patent is a long and sometimes complex process, but the process can be broken down in these five steps. Find out how to get started…

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Can You Patent an Idea?

Under U.S. law, you cannot patent an idea. Understanding how the law differentiates ideas from inventions is a great way to learn some of the core…

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How Much Does a Patent Cost?

How much does it cost to get a patent? The answer can be different depending on why you want a patent and what you're patenting.

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Selling Your Patent: What You Need To Know

A patent which grants ownership of an invention, but it won't pay you. There are a few ways you can generate a profit from your idea.

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What Are the Different Types of Patents?

An inventor who knows about patents and understands the best way to use them has a huge advantage in protecting their invention.

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Can You Patent Your Mobile App?

If you want to patent your new app, make sure it meets USPTO criteria and doesn't infringe on another patent. Here's how to do it.

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Before Applying for a Patent: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

Inventing is hard but knowing when to file your patent can be even harder. These 3 questions will help you decide when you are ready to file and when…

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How do you know if a patent already exists?

Your invention has to bring something new and unique to the table, or it can’t get a patent. The patent process begins by searching for similar…

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How to Patent an Idea and Become an Inventor

How do you know when your idea is just an idea, as opposed to an idea that you could patent and put to profitable use?

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