A World of Patent Information for Entrepreneurs

Why Patent Classification Matters in a Patent Search

If you've looked around our website, you might notice that we talk a lot about patent classification. We love it! We use it for all of … [Continue reading]

Dead or Alive? Determining if a Patent is in Force


When a patent is in force, the owner has a monopoly on who can make and sell the underlying invention (or at least what’s covered in … [Continue reading]

Patent Allowance

Once you have an allowance, you are on your way to having a little slice the every-expanding intellectual property pie. There are still … [Continue reading]

Patent Infringement

The USPTO defines patent infringement as “unauthorized making, using, offering to sell, selling or importing into the United States of … [Continue reading]

Patent Maintenance

Patent Maintenance Fees are due at 3, 7 and 11 years after your patent issues. If you don’t pay your fees in a timely manner, your … [Continue reading]

Post Allowance

After your patent issues, there is still work to do.  You will be responsible for paying maintenance fees, protecting your patent … [Continue reading]

The Poor Man’s Patent is a Myth

One of the undying myths of Patent World is that there is such a thing as a Poor Man's Patent.  If you’ve never heard of it, the poor … [Continue reading]

Reading a Patent Search Report


A patent search report can be daunting, to say the least.  You may not have much experience with patents, so the references in the … [Continue reading]

Working with a Professional Patent Searcher

US Patent & Trademark Office

For the information you get, a professional patent search is a smart investment.  Out of the search, you can make a “fish or cut … [Continue reading]

Patent Research as a Tool for Inventing


We’re not going out on a limb by saying that your patent search will probably be discouraging.  The world of patents is much broader … [Continue reading]