Saturday, February 10, 2007

Patent or Registered Mail - The Word Still Not Out There

Patent or registered mail? I am presuming this not-infrequent question is asking whether sending the idea to yourself registered mail is a reasonable substitute for a patent.

The answer is - not even close.

Patent protection - if the idea merits patent protection - provides proprietary rights. It provides the right to exclude others from making, selling or using the invention, as defined in the issued claims, for the life of the patent.

Sending it to yourself, registered or otherwise, provides no rights whatsoever. It is not even a decent way of proving the date your idea existed, and it provides no rights against another who has the same idea and capitalizes on it in the market place and/or patents it.

I and many others have explained this over and over and over again, for years and more years. Time the word got out there, isn't it.

More information on patents and protecting ideas on the USPTO website at (and there is only one such website) and on my website at


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