A Guide to Protecting Your Innovations
Navigating the Patent Minefield: An Expert Guide to Protecting Your Innovations
When the legendary inventor Thomas Edison was gearing up to transform the world with his electric lightbulb, the complexities of patents seemed almost as daunting as pioneering electricity itself. Frustrated by early failures securing protection, Edison lamented “Just as certain as death, we have got to have a patent….There is going to be some fun in this thing, but at present it looks as though it was going to be a greater consumption of money than fun.” Like Edison, all inventors soon realize that patent prosecution entails a challenging maze of technical and legal hurdles. One misstep can undermine even the most groundbreaking innovations.
To spotlight critical issues that inventors, attorneys, and business leaders face in protecting intellectual property, Global Patent Solutions LLC (GPS) is proud to present a 30-part blog series tackling essential patent prosecution questions. Drawing on insights from our team of registered patent agents and IP professionals with decades of combined experience, we will cut through the jargon and technicalities to deliver actionable knowledge, tips, and guidance.
What is Covered
Over the coming weeks, readers can look forward to posts discussing:
- Patent eligibility and patentability requirements
- Claim drafting and amendment strategies
- Patent searches and overcoming rejections
- Specification, drawing, priority date and other drafting considerations
- Patent filing approaches like provisionals and PCT applications
- Patent Term Adjustments and changes due to America Invents Act reforms
- Global patent filing and litigation enforcement best practices
And much more! Whether you are an independent inventor filing your first patent, an experienced corporate IP strategist, or a patent attorney seeking to improve prosecution success, this series arms you with inside knowledge on navigating patent office bureaucracy. Follow along and gain rare insights into strengthening protection, avoiding pitfalls, and maximizing commercial relevance of your innovations so that, like Edison, you can fully enjoy the “fun” side of inventing once intellectual property is secured.
Let’s Get Started
Check out part one of this guide to protecting your innovations, answering the critical question “Is My Invention Actually Patentable Subject Matter?” Because while patents promise monopolies over your creativity, securing air-tight protection is never guaranteed. Success requires understanding the system. Let us guide you through the minefield!