Patents

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

Understanding the Patent Application Process

The patent application process can be confusing. Find out more about the different phases of the process and what you can do to prepare for each…

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Plant Patents: How Has This Altered Farming Practices?

The subject of plant patents may sound niche, but it affects every single one of us and the food we eat.

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Developing an IP Strategy

Protecting your invention, logo or creative work with a patent, trademark or copyright is important. But equally important is creating an IP strategy.

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Beware the Patent Troll

Patent trolls make money by buying and attempting to enforce patents, but there are ways to protect yourself.

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How to Talk About Your Nonpatented Invention Without Having Your Idea Stolen

Until you've filed your application with the US Patent & Trademark Office, you should be extra careful about who you talk to and how you share…

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The Reality of Protecting Your Company's Secrets

Patents are the building blocks of innovation. But there are a lot of things a patent can't do.

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10 Great August Patents

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

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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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Joint Ownership of Patents: A to Z

An invention's patent is considered personal property. Under patent law, each co-inventor named on a patent application owns that property. In the…

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What Kind of Business Methods Can You Patent?

Regardless of what you sell, if you're an online entrepreneur with a unique method of doing business, you may be sitting on a valuable, patentable…

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