Friday, January 26, 2007

Idea Protection - No Patent?

Idea protection - no patent?

No patent, no idea protection. Simple.

Any many (possibly most) ideas will not merit patent protection.

Additional information on patents at the official USPTO website at and my website at

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Idea Theft Sadness

You have a great idea that will make millions. Then the next step, the patent search, establishes that the idea is not new. So where are you now?

Angry, and very possibly disbelieving (although the attorney provided copies of the relevant patents).

I have seen it over and over again. Folks who cannot handle the reality check, because that means no millions on the horizon.

So it morphs into a conviction that someone is stealing your idea? Just awful, and nearly that awful are the folks convinced someone is stealing their ideas before they have had a professional search to see whether it is an old idea on which they can never secure proprietary rights.

And sadder still is the Chicago perp, feeding off the street talk out there, who ended up murdering the patent attorney, and the press which fed off the nonsense for days and day. Ugly. Just ugly, and beyond sad.

What more is there to say except those folks deserve to be scammed by the invention promotion industry. Unfortunate that some nice folks get scammed by the invention promo outfits too.

More information available for would-be inventors is available at the USPTO's website at Those who are into their delusions need not bother.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Illinois Patent Office?

Yes, people have asked for the address of the Illinois patent office, and others probably have asked for the California, or Iowa, or Florida, or etc. patent office.

There is only a single patent office here in the U.S. It is a unit of the federal government, not any state. It is located in Alexandria, Virginia. It is the patent-side of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

No, they do not want you to stop in. Official business is conducted by mail and electronically, and sometimes by telephone.

All you need to know about the USPTO and more is available on its website at and there is no need to search the internet any farther.

Self-Mail Patent Protection?

Yes, I recently was asked about self-mail patent protection, and that is truly a wrong pager and worse.

The self-mail regime was a left-fielder from the start, and so many degrees from patent protection that its impossible to count.

See earlier posts on the nature of patent protection, and on the USPTO's disclosure document program. A disclosure document is not a patent, nor will it lead to a patent, but it is a far better method of establishing a date of idea conception then the self-mail nonsense.

And if you go no farther than establishing conception dates, you have nothing of value.

Then again you might not have anything of value anyways. Is it even new? A professional patent search might save much time and anguish.

More on patents at the USPTO's website and and my website at