engineer wants a patent. Go ahead, admit it. I would like to own a patent, but probably never will unless I buy
the rights to one... but even that would technically only make me an assignee, not an inventor. Some people are
prolific inventors and patent awardees. If you work for a large company, you probably know one of those Thomas
Edison types. Others have equally good ideas but either lack the opportunity to develop the notion into patentable
form, lack the knowledge of how to initiate a patent, or both. A key part of the effort is determining whether or
not your invention is even patentable. Fortunately, intellectual property attorney
Eric Hanscom, of law firm InterContinental
IP (ICIP), has created a series of short videos that explain various aspects of patent application process.
Topics like " What is Intellectual
Property: An Introduction," " Design Patents: The Basics,"
" Is My Invention Patentable?," " Utility
Patents vs. Design Patents," and " Need
A Patent Quickly? Learn About Accelerated Examination" are among more than two dozen videos that run 2 to 3
minutes each. Disclaimer: I have no affiliation whatsoever with ICIP, and have never been in contact
with anyone there as of this writing. This is not an endorsement of their services, although if you have to start
somewhere, you might as well begin with someone who has already provided you a free service.
Intellectual Property: An Introduction
VIDEO Design Patents: The Basics
VIDEO Is My Invention Patentable?
VIDEO Utility Patents vs. Design Patents
VIDEO Need A Patent
Quickly? Learn About Accelerated Examination