Every entrepreneur must have a basic understanding of patents and how it functions with the other types of intellectual properties. I explain just the basics in the following video and pdf download to accomplish two different purposes:
- Provide an Intellectual Property Framework which you can use to operate your business; and
- Identify some common issues which may prevent you from protecting your invention.
After learning the basics of patents, I recommend seeking the advice of a patent attorney to help you tie these concepts together so that you can develop an effective and efficient next steps plan.
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After learning about the 7 Core Concepts, the next patent fundamental is patent searching. I recommend conducting a preliminary DIY patent search. It can be as simple as conducting simple keyword searches on www.google.com, or more in depth searches on the patent databases of the USPTO (simpler website is www.freepatentsonline.com). Once you’ve done some simple searches, it is time to be a bit more serious by conducting a patentability search as recommended by the USPTO.
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