Patenting vs. Trademarking Your New Idea

An Intellectual Property Right (IPR) is a right given to a person over the creation of their intellect or mind. IPRs include patents, trademarks and copyrights, and are governed by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If you are an inventor with an idea, here is some basic information on the types of protections you may consider. Trademarking… A trademark is typically a symbol, word, phrase or design that clearly identifies ...

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10 Tips for Landing Your First Royalty Deal

  What does it mean to license your invention for royalties?  If you are not familiar with the term “license”, think of it as a way of renting your invention as opposed to selling your invention. A iShowOnline is when the inventor [licensor] agrees to let a third party [licensee] commercially use his or her invention for a period of time in exchange for some form of compensation, which is usually an ...

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InventionHome Teams With One of the World’s Leading Consumer Products Companies – Jarden

With over 120 powerful brands and a global presence, Jarden Corporation is one of the world’s leading consumer products companies. Established in 2001, the company has grown both organically and through acquisitions to now include three primary business segments: Branded Consumables, Outdoor Solutions and Consumer Solutions. The company ranks #348 on the Fortune 500 and has over 35,000 employees worldwide. Jarden Corporation’s portfolio includes many brands that are over 100 years old, including ...

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Getting the Confidence to Patent Your Idea

There are things that all inventors have in common: an idea they’re passionate about, the resourcefulness to put it to life, and the organizational skills to put it on the market. These skills aren’t always easy to come by, but to the skeptical idea holder, they can seem unattainable. One may hear success stories about the light bulb, the telephone or even the personal computer. All of these individuals made ...

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Can a Provisional Patent Application help your invention idea?

Provisional Patent Applications have become extremely popular in the United States among inventors and companies and can be very helpful for starting your invention on the road to success. The provisional patent application is a relatively new form of intellectual property protection, which has only been available since about 1995. The application was specifically designed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to provide protection for inventors while they develop ...

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What’s the Difference Between a Trademark and a Patent?

A trademark is typically a symbol, word, phrase or design that clearly identifies the source of goods.  A service mark is the same as a trademark but it focuses on the source of a service rather than goods.  For example, if your company offers services you may want to protect the name of your company with a service mark.  However, if you have a new invention idea for a product ...

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Trouble Concentrating? Inventing starts with clear thinking.

Having a clear and focused mind is important to live life to the fullest. Your brain requires adequate amounts of blood flow to carry oxygen and nutrients to properly feed it. If your brain doesn’t get the things it requires to function properly there is no question you will have cognitive issues resulting in brain fog. Increase Blood Flow So, how do you get enough blood flowing up to your noggin? Exercise, of ...

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Important Info for Inventors: Key Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application

As an inventor with a new product idea (or improvement to an existing product), it’s important to understand the various types of protection that are available to you. Let’s assume that your idea provides benefit and usefulness (not just a visual design). You might consider filing either a non-provisional patent (“Utility or Design Patent”) or a provisional patent application. Choosing which type of application should be based on individual circumstance, personal ...

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How to Bring Your Invention to Life with 3D Design

If you are looking to sell or license your invention to a company for ongoing royalty payments, you will more than likely need some form of prototype or design to showcase your invention to prospective companies. In reality, most companies look at pictures of your invention before they actually read any description or explanation of what it is. A prototype or 3D design brings your idea to life for the person ...

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Protecting Your Idea in 2015

As you may know, the United States no longer operates under a “First to Invent” patent system for inventions.  As of 2013, the “First to File” system was put into place, which means rather than the Patent Office granting a patent to the first person to invent something, it now goes to whomever filed the patent application first. As a result, you should consider pursuing new invention ideas with greater haste, ...

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