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The standard patent book for startups and entrepreneurs is Patents Demystified. I used this book while getting my own patents and it’s become required reading for any start-ups that I coach or invest in. It’s one of the few patent guides I know of that has detailed insight on how legitimate startups patent their product(s). Unlike most patent guides, it’s ...


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The service you describe, if it existed, would not afford any protection prior to actually filing for a patent. Something like that might be a virtual "inventors notebook" for keep records of your inventive progress but the value of keeping records of your progress in inventing now have very very little value. Before the AIA patent law change, it was ...


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Getting a patent, itself, does not have anything to do with your potential infringement of some other patent. Having a patent gives you the right to try to stop others from violating your patent; it does not magically dissolve anyone else’s patent rights. There is a good chance that what you are thinking of as an "improved version" will infringe on the ...


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Simply stated, there is no way to protect your idea other than keeping it a secret. Even then, if someone else discovers the invention independently, they can file for a patent and if they do so before you and it gets granted, they will own the invention. You can file a provisional patent application for a low cost which will give you a year to raise funds ...


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You can keep the idea/concept/invention confidential until you have enough money to file a patent. People with no previous background who write and file their own patents do not often end up with the protection they desired but it is possible for you to make a serious study of patent law and patent office procedures. I recommend David Pressman's Patent It ...


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Patents Demystified is indeed a great book for startups, entrepreneurs and inventors and was written specifically for this audience. In addition to teaching the secrets of how successful businesses get patents, it also helps save companies money where possible and points out where spending money is necessary. In fact, I require all my clients to have a copy ...


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