Patent Reform Fails to Halt Fee Diversion

That Giant Sucking Sound The America Invents Act approved in September directly affects independent inventors and patent filers of all stripes. We examine how the new law alters the playing field – and what you need to know to avoid new pitfalls and take advantage of new opportunities. By Joshua Nightingale Despite the America Invents […]

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Patent Law Takes Out ‘False Marking’ Trolls

Aftershocks of the America Invents Act The America Invents Act approved in September directly affects independent inventors and patent filers of all stripes. We examine how the new law alters the playing field – and what you need to know to avoid new pitfalls and take advantage of new opportunities. By Robert M. Bryan and […]

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Hurry, Scurry So You Don’t Fret & Worry

America Invents Act The new law compels inventors to file patent applications early The America Invents Act approved in September directly affects independent inventors and patent filers of all stripes. We examine how the new law alters the playing field – and what you need to know to avoid new pitfalls and take advantage of […]

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Actress-Turned-Inventor Puts Ahh in a Bra

Help Me Rhonda Rhonda Shear began her career as an entertainer after being crowned Miss Louisiana USA back in the day. She went on to appear in low-budget films and earned a Best B-Movie Actress award for her work in Prison A Go-Go. We never heard of it, either, but it’s always nice to be […]

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How to Package Your Product

Presentation can be as important as the product itself By B. Collins Scott Lucas has bad news for those who hate clamshell packaging, the nearly impossible-to-open clear plastic fortress that encases many consumer goods – it’s not going away. While many holiday shoppers may lament this fact as they slice, gnaw and wrestle to free […]

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USPTO Looking for New Satellite Locations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking suggestions on where to put potential new satellite offices. “Establishing satellite offices in geographically diverse areas of the country will allow the agency to better recruit and retain talented patent professionals and allow the agency to better interact with the applicant community,” said Under Secretary […]

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How to Dial Down Risk from Inventing

By Jack Lander Many inventors have spent up to $15,000 on their inventions only to find that their product isn’t marketable. Sometimes this is due to obstacles that, despite our best efforts, we couldn’t have foreseen. But more often it is because those we hire to perform services for us have failed to uncover or […]

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How to Give a Great Print Media Interview

By Marsha Friedman Sometimes I cringe when I hear people talk about “the media.” It sounds as if everyone in TV, radio, print and online press is a member of one fraternity that thinks and acts the same. There is a vast gulf between the daily life of a print journalist and the daily life […]

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Five Questions With… Edison Nation Pro

Punch in “Toni LaCava” in the search field found within Edison Nation’s forums and you’ll find some 40 pages of Toni’s words, comments and of course, that happy little girl smiling back at you in her avatar photograph. Toni is an early adopter of Edison Nation’s inventor community and has transformed into a super user and […]

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Re-Tooled, Re-Invented & Re-Purposed

Inventors often get their start by taking things apart. With that in mind, we asked young folks at FIRST to draft a list of modern devices they’d like to dismantle and re-purpose into other products. 1)      Turn a USB Webcam into a microscope Suggested by: FIRST Robotics Competition Team 811 from Nashua, N.H. “Cardinals”   2)      Turn […]

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