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What’s the Hold-Up with E-Filing?

Ask the Commish   Q. Why does it take just as long to get a first office action when you file for a patent electronically as it does when you file the old fashioned paper way? It seems electronic filing would speed up the process. A: Once cases have been assigned to an examiner, they […]

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7 Ways to Make Open Innovation Work

By Daniela Baker If your company isn’t innovating, it’s slipping behind the competition. With the Internet and the increasing flow of ideas and information, internal R&D departments alone aren’t always the answer. More than ever, business owners are embracing open innovation to stay ahead. Rebuild your corporate culture around open innovation Open innovation is more […]

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Knowledge Is Power


Before you start calling 800 numbers and responding to TV, radio, print or web ads for invention submission services, follow these tips: Know how long the company has been in business Know who the officers of the company are and their backgrounds Know to check on the company through your state’s attorney general’s office to […]

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Bob Stoll to Retire from USPTO

Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Robert L. Stoll has announced his intention to retire from the agency effective December 31, 2011.  Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has announced that he will nominate current Deputy Commissioner for Patents Margaret “Peggy” […]

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Complaints about AbsolutelyNew Resurface By Mike Drummond Invention submission company AbsolutelyNew says it changed its ways when it changed management a few years ago. But a spat of complaints from inventors has the San Francisco-based company back on the defensive. Disgruntled inventors say AbNew sales reps pressured them to pay upwards of $24,000 and assured […]

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How to Assemble an Advisory Board

By Lawrence J. Udell When creating a new company, there are many critical parts. None more so than an advisory board. Based on my 60+ years of launching some 40 companies, I’ve found quality advisory boards provide credibility, contacts and critical feedback. They also offer a reality check to “group think” because they are not […]

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Great Idea!

How to Decide What to Do Next By Jack Lander The burning question most inexperienced inventors ask me is, “I have this great idea, what should I do next?” My answer: 1)      Determine what has already been done that’s similar to your invention. 2)      Decide which road to success is best for you, based on […]

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Top Patent Officials to Take Your Comments on America Invents Act – Webinar Monday

WASHINGTON – The USPTO will host a free public webinar with senior agency officials on Monday, October 31, 2011 to discuss the America Invents Act (AIA). This historic legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. Participants in the webinar will outline the agency’s implementation plans, and answer a selection […]

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Help in Getting Your Inventions to Market

Trevor Lambert runs Lambert & Lambert, a licensing agency that helps inventors bring products to market. Last year he launched Enhanced Product Development to further help inventors get their consumer goods onto store shelves. We decided we needed to know more about his services. ID: How does Enhance Product Development differ from your other company, […]

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Invented by Kids for Kids

FIRST LEGO Team Makes Prosthetic to Help Adopted Orphan By Shana Benzinane & Christina D’Auria In Yangquan, China, a baby is born without fingers and is left at the steps of an orphanage. A family in Duluth, Ga., decides it may be time to grow. Meantime, six girls descend from a fir tree in Ames, […]

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Meet Perfect Bacon Bowl inventor, Thom Jensen!


You’ve seen the infomercial, you’ve laughed at the quips on late night TV – and admit it – you’re DYING to have one of your own! The Perfect Bacon Bowl has recently taken the foodie world by storm thanks to the Edison Nation As Seen On TV submission of one Mr. Thom Jensen! By trade, ...

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