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?
There is no such thing as an international patent, so it is necessary to file national patent applications in each country in which you eventually want a patent. It is possible to delay the date on which you have to file those national patent applications … Continue readingWhat is the cost for filing an international 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?
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?
This is based on a Quora question. There are a lot of potential meanings to the phrase “dynamic patent monopoly lengths,” but by one definition, they may already exist. Most patent offices in the world charge some type of “maintenance fee” at regular time intervals … Continue readingShould patents have dynamic patent monopoly lengths?
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?