What is a patent search?

The language and logic of patent law often require taking one step forward and two steps back in order to accurately explain some terms and ideas. So it is with the simple and direct question in this blog post’s title: “What is a patent search?” The first step forward...

How are patents limited in scope?

“Build a better mousetrap,” the old saying goes, “and the world will beat a path to your door.” There’s undoubtedly truth in those words, but if the inventor (let’s call him Theodore) of the better mousetrap doesn’t obtain a patent for the gadget, the world might beat...

Four considerations when you have an idea to protect

Let’s say that you’re a business owner with a great idea that you believe could make life easier and business better for people like you. Your invention could help busy business people save time and cut costs – and not least of all, become a source of sizable income...