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The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)'s Web site specifically meets the special needs and interests of independent inventors and entrepreneurs who comprise about 18% of filers of patents with the USPTO. “How to” brochures, previously available only in paper, are now posted on USPTO Web pages expressly designed for independent inventors. Links to other useful USPTO Web pages, such as the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program and Patent Cooperation Treaty, have been added, as have links to other government agencies, including the Small Business Administration and the Federal Trade Commission, each of which have programs and information useful to independent inventors. USPTO’s independent inventor Web site now also has a useful “tip of the month.”
SUPREME COURT PATENT DECISION FAVORS INVENTORS in re. FESTO CORP. vs. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co. Ltd.No.00-1543. Argued January 8, 2002 -- Decided May 28, 2002 copyright 2002
On May 28, 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court returned a level of protection to small inventors and to patent holders against would-be copycats in a case that handed a partial victory, for now, to FESTO CORP. But the ruling puts a new burden of proof on original patent holders to continue to defend their claims as has always been the case, now, however, it may be more favorable to do so, in view of the latest decision. The details and legal ramifications of FESTO are quite detailed and lots of discussion regarding its impact will be forthcoming. Briefly, FESTO, a robotic products maker, involved earlier in 1988, in a suit against SMC Corp. for patent infringement because SMC had made a product that so closely mimicked its own that their parts were interchangeable and indistinguishable. A decision in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (CAFC), at that time, ruled in favor of SMC, because FESTO amended their patent claims and which the CAFC said was no longer equivalent (to SMC's invention). Now, after much soul searching and debate, the Supreme Court vacated the CAFC decision, overturning it, which impacts other cases including Kabushiki and thereby in re-affirming the so-called doctrine of equivalents. The Supreme Court set new guidelines that the amended claims must meet to receive doctrine of equivalent protection and squashed the lower court's attempt to effectively rewrite patent law. This is why it is very crucial that a patent practioner skilled in current patent law matters prosecute an inventor's application. It is not for the do-it-yourselfer. Had this decision not been overturned, it would have not been as favorable for inventors, because in very simple terms, for example, if an element such as a fastener in the patent application for connecting two parts together is called a screw, a rivet may not be equivalent under the CAFC, which is ridiculous. Fortunately, the Supreme Court intervened in a manner beneficial to inventors, especially, independent inventors. Had they not done so, would have, in my opinion, been a grave misjustice, and would have ursurped the purpose of patent protection by severely and unwisely limiting the scope of coverage which would have poured ice water on creativity. I'd be happy to discuss the ramifications of this ruling with IANE members.
The US Dept. of Energy's "Inventions and Innovation Program" provides financial assistance for establishing technical performance and conducting early development of innovative ideas and inventions that can lead to significant energy savings impact. Financial assistance is given at two levels - Category 1 for up to $40,000 for conceptual ideas and Category 2 for up to $200,000 for the minimum requirement of a completed engineering analysis and/or a bench scale model. The grants are restricted to US applicants with special consideration given to individual inventors and small businesses. For more information, visit DOE Web site: http://www.eere.energy.gov/inventions/energytechnet.
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US PATENT & TRADEMARK OFFICE Special Independent inventor's pages PTO Independent Inventors
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Product development and innovation expert Louis Foreman is the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning PBS show Everyday Edisons, CEO of Edison Nation, publisher of Inventors Digest magazine, founder and chief executive of the integrated product design and engineering firm Enventys, creator of five successful startups, and holder of nine US Patents. His firm is responsible for the development and filing of 150 more. (October 12, 2009: Speaker)
The "BIG IDEA GROUP (BIG) " conducts IDEA HUNTS for companies seeking new inventions to be put into the marketplace. Michael Collins is the founder and CEO of Big Idea Group (BIG), an invention development agency. BIG conducts nationwide Roadshows, where inventors confidentially present ideas to a panel of industry experts, and Idea Hunts, where client companies solicit BIG’s inventor network for ideas relating to market opportunities. Since its inception in 2000, Big Idea stated that they have developed or licensed over 30 ideas, working with such companies as Target, Toys “R” Us, Avon, Hasbro, QVC, Basic Fun, Skil-Bosch, Binney & Smith, Dremel and Staples, among others. BIG is headquarted in Manchester, New Hampshire. BIG IDEA GROUP (November 11, 2013; Speaker)
Gus Bigos of Evergreen IP www.evergreenip.com spoke on Commercializing Your Invention, including trends in open innovation at consumer product companies, key attributes of successful new products, pros and cons of various routes to commercialization, including (but not only) a discussion of the approach at Evergreen IP. Note that some inventions of IANE member Nancy Kerrigan are being developed by Evergreen IP. (May 15, 2006: Speaker)
AVOIDPPA AVOIDING COMMON PITFALLS OF PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS (PPA’S)
GREAT INFO Helpful tips and info of interest to budding inventors
INVENTING TIPS More tips to help you invent better
SHARK TANK Two important lessons learned.