Posts Categorized: Patents in Business

Educating The Engineer

Using prior art patents as fodder for new designs is one way the patent system encourages and stimulates innovation. Educating the engineer on how to use the system to his or her advantage is not terribly difficult, but is rarely done.

Engineers tend to have little use for issued patents. From their standpoint, many patents are obscure, badly written legalese that serves only to grant the inventor another plaque and a check for $1000.

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Inventorship

In the US, statute requires that the inventor(s) be identified on each patent application. Improper inventorship, especially when done with deceptive intention, can invalidate a patent.

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