Discover How to Secure a Foreign Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8:56 AM


There is a big world out there filled with opportunities for enterprising entrepreneurs. Whether you plan to expand overseas or want to protect your product from copycats on foreign shores, it is advisable to conduct a foreign patent search as soon as possible. Conducting an international patent search helps ensure you are not copying someone else's idea as much as it prevents others from copying your ideas and marketing them as their own. Much like the process of securing a patent from the United States P…

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Discover How to Secure a Foreign Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8:56 AM


There is a big world out there filled with opportunities for enterprising entrepreneurs. Whether you plan to expand overseas or want to protect your product from copycats on foreign shores, it is advisable to conduct a foreign patent search as soon as possible. Conducting an international patent search helps ensure you are not copying someone else's idea as much as it prevents others from copying your ideas and marketing them as their own. Much like the process of securing a patent from the United States P…

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Patent Novelty 101: What Inventors Need to Keep in Mind

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 10:38 AM


Your invention or idea must be novel to receive a patent. It must include at least one inventive step, and it must have a useful purpose. This is known as patent novelty, and it is one of the first things any inventor must consider before filing a patent application. The reality is that the concept of patent novelty isn't as abstract as it may first appear. Novelty = Not Public The invention must be new and unknown to the public. This means that it can't exist in the marketplace. It can't be included with…

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Patent Licensing 101

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9:21 AM


There are many ways an inventor can bring their product to market. Some choose to create a company around their product and sell it directly, some sell it to a company to take over the production process for them, and others license their patent. In this blog post, we will discuss what licensing is and what an inventor needs to know about licensing benefits, contracts, and financial opportunity.    Patent Licensing and Its Benefits  Patent licensing is where you license your patented product to a company …

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5 Cheery Christmas Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 8:53 AM


The Christmas season evokes warm feelings of spending time with family, drinking delicious eggnog, shopping for and opening presents, and more. While it may seem like the Christmas decor section in stores gets more overwhelming each year, here are 5 holiday patents that are sure to bring joy this season.    Artificial Christmas Tree Christmas trees fill our homes with a festive look during the holidays, but it wasn’t until the chopping down of those trees in Germany started seriously depleting the forest …

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Four Questions to Consider When Buying a Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9:10 AM


Companies like yours are constantly on the lookout for new ideas from budding entrepreneurs to bring to market. One way to do that is through the purchase of a patent. But before you take the leap, here are four questions to ask and consider. What is the patent’s status? Most inventors apply for a patent at some point in the idea process, and the earlier, the better, since many patents take years to get approved. Before you decide to purchase a patent from someone, make sure that they have a paten…

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How Selling Your Patent Can Boost a Struggling Idea

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:33 AM


The classic dream for many inventors is that when their patent gets approved, they will bring their product to market and sell it to enthusiastic customers. While this is a great dream and goal to have, not all inventors get there. That doesn't necessarily mean that the invention is a bad idea! Many factors contribute to the success or failure of an idea. If you find yourself in this position, it may be wise to sell the patent. Here, we’ll break down why your invention may not be performing as you wish and …

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Protect Your Idea From Theft Before Filing a Patent Application

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 8:39 AM


No one wants their idea to be stolen. However, as a budding inventor, it's tempting to simply tell everyone about your idea. There are ways to make sure that your idea is kept safe and it’s up to you to choose which route you’re ready to take. Here are three ways to make sure that your idea doesn’t get stolen before you’ve filed a patent application. Publish Your Work This method may seem counter productive, but it is arguably the best way to truly protect your idea before filing a patent. But it comes wi…

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Investors: How Monitoring Trending Patents Can Benefit You

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 8:40 AM


Intellectual property protection serves as valuable insight for investors. It can hold weight in the decision of when and whether or not an investor may put their money into a company or product. Patent trends can take that benefit further for investors in that they provide leverage and knowledge based on trends within a particular field of business. Here we will analyze what a patent trend is and how it can be valuable to you as an investor.       What Is a Patent Trend? A patent trend is a steady increa…

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The Great Artificial Intelligence Patent Debate

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8:25 AM


Artificial Intelligence has made its way into our world slowly but surely. Fortunately, a total robot takeover is still the stuff of science fiction. However, humans do work with and use the assistance of artificial intelligence almost daily. From asking Siri for directions to talking with chatbots online when we need help, artificial intelligence crosses our path many times throughout our daily lives.   The patent world is headed in the direction of AI too, but the journey won’t be without controversy. He…

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Chinese Patents and IP Theft: How Could It Affect You?

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:56 AM


Intellectual property protection can be complicated overseas... especially in certain countries. IP protection in China has been talked about for years. It's been heating up even more lately, and it's a major factor in the current trade war between the United States and China. If you’re an inventor or patent holder, the current IP controversy regarding China could affect you. How? Here we’ll take a look at the state of intellectual property in China as it affects U.S. patents and analyze the case for filin…

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Dealing With Patent Trolls: Defend Your Business Against the Unknown

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 3:18 PM


  In the world of business, there are plenty of things to keep track of: salaries, benefits, investors, inventory, customers, etc. The last thing you want on your desk is a letter out of the blue threatening to sue, often for vague reasons.  What has just happened? You’re a patent troll’s latest target. Patent trolls are shell companies that don’t physically provide any services or products; they just purchase patents. They do this with the sole intent of going after other companies and trying to e…

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How Patent Agents Can Use GPS to Increase Time & Accuracy

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 8:13 AM


As a patent professional, you may have many clients that you’re working with on a consistent basis. These inventors and entrepreneurs may be of varying skill and experience levels, and in order to ensure the best outcome for their product idea, you'll need to rely on background research. An external patent search firm can help you and your clients save time and get the patent process done right the first time.  Why Trust GPS Global Patent Solutions is an external patent search firm that specializes in pri…

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Patent Trolls: What’s in a Name?

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:49 AM


When we talk about patent trolls, it's seldom in a good light. The idea of a shell company ripping patents and money from small inventors and startups that could have America's next big innovation, makes us want to take them all down. But what’s in the moniker?  A Name Rooted in Harm? The term ‘patent troll’ has in recent language been used as a jokey identifier that gained widespread use in the tech and patent spheres. Some trolls, however, are trying to use this to their legal advantage by doing what th…

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Last month, we posted a blog about the importance of intellectual property due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. This month, we present a real life case showing the importance of patent protection in these types of company deals and highlight applicable tips for inventors and entrepreneurs.   The Beauty Industry’s Major Legal Battle  L’Oreal is a beauty brand that has been around for decades. As a beauty conglomerate, L’Oreal Group has not only been around for a long time, it owns other well-known be…

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