What Can You Learn from a Patent Landscape Report?

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 9:59 AM


Entrepreneurs and investors seeking patent protection for intellectual property or looking to build future growth strategies should consider patent intelligence reports--also commonly known as patent landscape reports, or PLRs. These reports are designed to provide researchers with an overview of a specific global, national or regional technology. Here are important points for you to remember about patent intelligence reports and how they may affect your business interests. Learning About Existing Patents …

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Professional Patent Search versus DIY Patent Search

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 9:48 AM


Inventors and small business entrepreneurs often try to save money on the patent process by conducting their own patent search, rather than hiring a professional. Patents, of course, are a matter of public record, and with modern search engines, even a beginner can learn a lot about patents that might resemble their new invention. Free resources from the USPTO and from Google Patents make it seem easy to do your own patent search. Unfortunately, if you're not experienced in proper patent search techniques, …

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3 Reasons Your Patent Application Was Rejected

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 8:26 AM


In order to obtain a patent, an application must be submitted to the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO). It's important to know that no matter how painstaking your preparation, an initial rejection of your application is possible--and even common. A patent rejection, however, is not the end of the road. Rather, it's the beginning of a dialogue that will help you to better frame and refine your application in order to ensure approval the second time around.  As common as a patent application reje…

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Prior Art Search versus Patent Clearance Search

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 3:38 PM


Here at Global Patent Solutions, we see many individuals new to the world of patent law wondering about the distinction between different forms of patent search. There are two major kinds of patent search that we often see confused: prior art searches and patent clearance searches. Prior art refers to evidence that suggests an invention has already been discovered. It's important to conduct a prior art search to ensure that it's worthwhile to go forward with a patent application. A patent clearance search, …

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Is It Worthwhile to Expedite Your Patent?

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9:12 AM


When people decide to pursue a patent, they often don’t understand the time frames that are involved. In other words, the initial enthusiasm for pursuing your dream can wane when you realize that getting a patent approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can take several years. There are a few ways to speed up the process, and for the right inventor, requesting prioritized examination can be a worthwhile step. How long will it take to get your patent approved, and is it worthwhile to expedite…

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A Look at Historical Patents: Self-Driving Cars

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 4:53 PM


Self-driving cars have been getting a lot of media attention lately. However, few people realize that the concept of self-driving cars goes back much farther than recent developments by Google or Uber, and patent records document that history. Here at GPS, we spend our days delving deep into the history of patent filings and legislation. Here's a closer look at some of the historical patents surrounding the self-driving car. The First Self-Driving Car A radio-controlled driverless car existed as far back …

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5 Advantages of Filing for a Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4:25 PM


A patent is the foundation of what can be an enormously successful business. However, today, with many tech giants foregoing the public protection and communal sharing of information that patents provide, some people wonder if patents are still worthwhile in this age. After all, you can commercialize an invention without patenting it and even patent an invention without ever developing it. Ultimately, the decision to move forward in a patent application will depend on many factors. Here are five advantages…

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Four Attributes of High-Quality Patent Search

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7:58 AM


Before assembling a patent application, it’s essential to understand the surrounding patent landscape. That’s why most people conduct a patent search as one of the very first steps. A patent search (specifically a patentability search) surveys past and current patents in order to come to a clearer understanding of how to proceed. Thorough patent search will help determine… Likelihood of patent application being approved (verifying whether the invention is novel, useful, and non-obvious.) Prospective val…

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How Much Does Patent Maintenance Cost?

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:35 PM


So you’ve finally received the long-awaited approval from the USPTO for your patent. Congratulations! At this point, many businesses mistakenly believe they can simply frame the certificate and kick back as production and business growth takes off. However, this is a big mistake. A patent must be carefully maintained in order to hold its efficacy. Not only that, but the mere presence of a patent won’t stop others from encroaching on your intellectual property. You have to actively protect it. The more val…

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Understanding Different Forms of Intellectual Property

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 3:12 PM


Protecting intellectual property is a vital part of most business operations. Intellectual property rights allow us to claim ownership over a certain creation, so that we can get due credit when that creation is used. In the field of intellectual property protection, that creation is usually called “art.” However, art isn’t limited to oil paints on a canvas; intellectual property law protects authorship, inventions, designs, and proprietary processes. What are the different kinds of intellectual property pr…

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Why Careful Patent Search Matters

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 8:19 AM


Much has changed since the late nineteenth century when the U.S. Patent Office Commissioner Charles H. Duell supposedly declared that every possible invention had already been invented. The statement was more likely rooted in folklore than an authentic historic quote since the era marked the beginning of electric power plants and cities illuminated with electrical lighting, along with cars and motion pictures. Since then millions of patents have been awarded, and patent search has become a vital tool for en…

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A Brief Overview of the Patent Application Process

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM


Wondering how to patent your idea? For those new to the world of patents, it’s easy to quickly become bewildered. You have a strong idea, but you’re just not sure how to proceed in order to best protect your intellectual property. Here at GPS, we’ve seen many inventors, investors, and business leaders get short-changed because they made mistakes navigating the patent process. Patent filing is a dense, slow, and complicated realm. But in order to give you a framework with which to move forward, here’s a bir…

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Security and Confidentiality Considerations During Patent Prep

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 9:01 AM


Assembling a strong patent application takes time. As a patent agent, you want to frame the application in such a way that will ensure a smooth approval process for your client. However, the longer that you wait to submit an application, the greater the chances that a potential competitor could edge in ahead of an inventor’s claim. During this vital time, most inventors and business developers aren’t just sitting on their hands; they’re also in the process of building prototypes, outsourcing work, talking w…

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The Benefits of Early Stage Investigation for Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 8:55 AM


If you have an idea for a new invention, your next instinct is probably to start developing, testing, and refining the product. You may be someone who thinks ahead and has already started to embark on preliminary patent procedures, such as talking with a patent agent or even working on filing a provisional patent application. However, if you haven’t yet done effective patent research, all of that effort--from the fee you paid for the provisional application to the time you spent in product development--coul…

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The Value of Affordable, High Quality Patent Search

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:33 AM


Whether you're a lawyer, inventor, researcher or business leader looking to minimize risk, patent search is a valuable endeavor that helps demystify intellectual property ownership. Knowing who owns what and where holes exist for new inventions is essential for those interested in capitalizing on patent data. Here are ways that Global Patent Solutions (GPS) can help you through this complex process. Why Patent Search Is Complicated The 10 millionth patent in the United States was awarded on June 19, 2018 …

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