Can a social-media post demonstrating a technology be used to establish patent priority?

This post is based on my answer to a question on Quora. The question further asked whether there is any precedent for the legal use of a ‘first reported online publication date’ in social media to establish priority of invention for the purpose of getting a patent at a later … Continue readingCan a social-media post demonstrating a technology be used to establish patent priority?

Is Reduction to Practice enough to establish a priority date for a patent?

The concept of “Reduction to Practice” doesn’t actually matter these days, unless you have a US patent application that was filed before March 16, 2013. US patent applications filed before that date are granted to the “first-to-invent,” whereas applications filed after that date are granted … Continue readingIs Reduction to Practice enough to establish a priority date for a patent?

Does patent filing help in initial fund raising for hardware startups? Or is it better to wait until after funding?

I think it’s difficult to give a one-size-fits all generic answer to this question. Deciding when to file a patent application is always going to involve a balancing of cost, risk and potential reward. My impression is that having a patent application pending is unlikely … Continue readingDoes patent filing help in initial fund raising for hardware startups? Or is it better to wait until after funding?

Can I release an invention to test the market and then patent it after if it looks like it’s going to sell?

In the US, you would have one year from a public disclosure to file a patent application. However, most countries don’t give as much time. In most countries outside of the US, most notably at the European Patent Office, patents are evaluated from an “absolute … Continue readingCan I release an invention to test the market and then patent it after if it looks like it’s going to sell?