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Inventor Do's and Don'ts

  • Do keep clear dated notes and drawings of your inventions.
  • Do document and date any prototypes and results that you obtain. Do file for patent protection sooner rather than later. Your official USPTO filing date is key to protecting your intellectual property.
  • Do have a signed non-disclosure agreement in place before discussing your invention with a third party. Don't publish a written description of your invention until you understand how that will affect your patent rights.
  • Don't publicly use your invention until you understand how that will affect your patent rights.
  • Don't offer to sell your invention until you understand how that will affect your patent rights.
  • Do engage a patent law professional if you are unsure as to how to proceed with protecting your invention. USPTO rules are extensive, rigid and complex. Mistakes can cost you time, money, and even your patent.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ted Heske is the CEO of Heske Consulting in Atlanta, GA.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a licensed US Patent Agent.

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