Patent Ideas are Everywhere: Answers to Questions Not Yet Poised

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 2:27 AM


Part 2 of the email “Just when you thought all the good ideas were taken.”   Here are a few more of the “ideas.”   I found patent US5352031A titled Storage drawer unit for unfinished stairway.  What a great place to hide stuff! Stay tuned for more “ideas” in Part 3.- S.M.

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Six Degrees of Les Paul -- Patents on Electric Guitars & Baby-Rockers

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 2:30 AM


As we all may have noticed at some point there is a list of references cited adorning the face of every US patent.  Utilizing these lists of references cited, patents can be connected to other patents through the references cited on their own face, as well as the instances where the patent is cited on a subsequent patent’s face.   By connecting patents in this manner a network begins to form and begs the question: How many steps would it take to connect any patent with any other patent?…

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Intellectual Property Within the Realm of Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 4:43 AM


Spinal cord injuries (SCI) have been recorded as early as ancient Egyptian times. What was once considered an irreversible and debilitating condition has slowly been turning tides as more research is being performed on axonal growth and regeneration in the central nervous system (CNS). Estimates vary greatly, but the CNS is comprised of neurons and non-neuronal cells, with the non-neuronal cells outnumbering the neurons by a factor of 10. Glia are the non-neuronal cells that provide support for neurons, hel…

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Happy Birthday Patent Act!!!!!

Posted by Robb Evans on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 5:30 AM


Happy Birthday, US Patent ActPatents haven’t been around forever!  Just a little over 200 years ago, on April 10, 1790, George Washington signed the first patent act.  This act would finally give inventors the rights to their creations and would help establish the new American patent process.   Thomas Jefferson was a member of the first Patent Board, given the power to grant and determine each patent’s duration.  Creations that were deemed useful and important were issue…

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6 Degrees of the Microwave - Patents on Heart Stoppers and Starters

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 5:30 AM


As we all may have noticed at some point there is a list of references cited adorning the face of every US patent.  Utilizing these lists of references cited, patents can be connected to other patents through the references cited on their own face, as well as the instances where the patent is cited on a subsequent patent’s face.   By connecting patents in this manner a network begins to form and begs the question: How many steps would it take to connect any patent with any other patent?…

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If You Can't Patent Water, Can't You at Least Patent the Bottle?

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 5:00 AM


Collapsible Water BottlesI was flipping through a travel magazine and came across a clever little foldable water bottle, perfect for traveling. The company that manufactures the water bottle, Vapur, interestingly, markets the water bottle as the “Anti-Bottle” because of its foldable pouch-like design. When I first saw it, it brought to mind a plastic see-through Capri Sun. After looking at it for a while, it also conjured up images of a modified Camelbak® bladder, an IV drip system, and fina…

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USPTO To Be Fully Current on All Patent Applications by End of Year!

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 10:55 AM


The USPTO announced today that they will be totally current on all patent applications by the end of the year.  They say that the combined effects of current and anticipated patent reform legislation, as well as new procedures that they have implemented within the USPTO, are combining to make it possible that they will be totally current by the end of the year.  This is amazing.  It is.  It is also totally untrue.  We didn't say which year, did we?  We hope you're having a wond…

Tags : Patents, Humor, R.e.
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Are there Benefits to Filing a Provisional Patent?

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 2:36 AM


 In order to be eligible for a patent, it is very important to obtain the earliest priority date possible. By being the “first in line,” you improve your chances of obtaining a patent over someone else.However, filing a patent application is a costly and complex process.  It requires drawings, a specification, claims, and payment of a filing fee, as well as maintenance fees after the patent has been issued.  The patent prosecution process often takes years, and there is no guarant…

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Six Degrees of Walt Disney -- Patent Search Illuminates a Legend

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM


As we all may have noticed at some point there is a list of references cited adorning the face of every US patent.  Utilizing these lists of references cited, patents can be connected to other patents through the references cited on their own face, as well as the instances where the patent is cited on a subsequent patent’s face.   By connecting patents in this manner a network begins to form and begs the question: How many steps would it take to connect any patent with any other patent?…

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Been There, Done That Patent Ideas

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:30 AM


When I checked my email this morning I had a funny email from my aunt.  Maybe you have seen it.  It was titled “Just when you thought all the good ideas were taken.”   Here are a few of the “ideas.”I'm not even going to come close to commenting on this first one: And since we ALL sound so good when we're singing alone in the shower... Hmmm... that doesn't look like it would taste so good. And do you remember how you used to squeeze and shape the pla…

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Not All Patent Searches Are Created Equal

Posted by Robb Evans on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 2:23 PM


A number of patent research companies charge a standard flat fee for performing a patent search.  We usually create a custom quote for every project that we do for customers.  The reason for this is simple: no two patent searches are identical.The amount of work involved in performing a patent search is often dependent on the type of technology involved.  For example, a certain semiconductor-related patent search may involve a lot more prior art than an esoteric area such as carbon …

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The Importance of Keeping an Inventors Notebook

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:07 AM


At present, the U.S.A. is a “first to invent” nation.  In other words, the first person to invent the patentable subject matter is supposed to receive the patent, not necessarily the first person to file a patent application, as is the case in the rest of the world.  This may change shortly, but it’s the way things presently work.For example, let’s take a hypothetical example where a certain someone synthesizes “flubber” on March 20, 2005. He/she then files a US…

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The Gene Patent Debate: What's Your Perspective?

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:30 AM


Most of us have heard of the gene patent debates, and the pros and cons for both sides. On the one hand it spurs innovation, but on the other hand it creates an opportunity to put profit and self-interest above the greater public good.  Interestingly, it is theorized that the allowance of patents on what many of us would consider “nature” (i.e. genes, proteins, peptides, organisms, etc.) started with a scientist named Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty, who developed a genetically engineered bacteriu…

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2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 4:30 AM


2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame Every year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office recognizes and celebrates the life-changing advancements in science and the useful arts.  On May 4, at the Smithsonian and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., over 30 living and historical inventors will be honored and inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.Located at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Hall has been honoring the men and women responsible for grea…

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A Proposed Alternative Patent for Ranking Blogs

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 4:29 AM


If you read our previous blog post, you learned about one patent granted for ranking blogs.  However we think there may be another alternative.  I wonder if I can patent the detection method inferred below.- R.E.

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