What Do You Do Once You Have a Patent?

Patent image from cobizmag.com 

Patent image from cobizmag.com 

Obtaining a patent is great news, but you may be left wondering, what do I do with this patent now that I have it? This decision ultimately depends on your business goals, however, the article linked here gives a great overview of some of the decisions that you could make. For instance, you could decide to go into production and actually create whatever you patented, or you could decide to license out your idea for payment such as royalties. The linked article not only covers these topics, but also offers some of the benefits of each of these options, so read on!

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The Importance of Patent Illustrations (Edition 2)

Image from blogs.microsoft.com

Image from blogs.microsoft.com

Are you wondering if you need illustrations in your patent application? As quoted from the linked article, "whenever a drawing would assist in the understanding of an invention, you need at least one patent drawing." Illustrations serve to help you and depict your invention. 

Additionally, there are many regulations in reference to patent illustrations. For instance, there is a specified paper size, however, you can find all of the regulations in a quick Google search. The linked article also states that "because the detail of the patent drawing is what" protects "you, having a professional patent illustrator is quite wise. Without question, the best way to broaden the scope of any application is to file the application with multiple, detailed and professional drawings. The benefit received from professional patent illustration is well worth the investment."

If you are having trouble meeting all of the regulations for patent illustrations or if you want to hand your illustrations over to professionals, contact Bluebot Studios today! 

Check out The Importance of Patent Illustrations (Edition 1) for more information! 

The Small (& Strange!) Details Related to Filing Patents

Filing a patent requires a vast amount of knowledge, but did you know that you must comply with these small and strange details? For instance, slang is not allowed and the USPTO wants you to use india ink. Continue reading the article for more strange details!

Also, keep in mind that if you need help drawing your patent illustrations, Bluebot Studios can help. Contact us today to start your project and receive patent illustrations from experienced illustrators!

10 Facts About Patent History

Did you know that "The word patent comes from the Latin word patere, meaning “to lay open”, or to make available for others to review? The main effect of a patent is in being able to restrict others from making or selling the patented invention for the term of the patent."

Read on to find out more facts about patent history that may surprise you!


    10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Patents

    Do you think that you know a lot about patents? Test your knowledge here! 

    Here are just a few facts that you may not have known: 

    1. "The musical fly swatter was patented in the US in 1994. It played one tune when turned on and another when it hit something." (Patent illustration below.)
    2. "Thomas Edison accumulated 2,332 patents worldwide for his inventions."

    The linked article has a total of 10 facts; read on to learn more!

    "Musical Fly Swatter" from Google Patents.

    "Musical Fly Swatter" from Google Patents.

    Did You Know, Patent Edition

    Although it is not the anniversary of the first U.S. patent, as this article suggests, there are many facts listed that you may have never known! For instance, did you know that during the first 90 years of the patent system, "working scale models" were required for every invention? The only reason that this ceased to exist is due to space limitations. Or did you know that Abraham Lincoln was the only known U.S. president to hold a patent? Check out the article to find out what the patent was for! Here is another one- did you know that a man in Japan has 6,314 patents? 

    Although these facts highlight just a few that exist within patent history, these give the impression that patents and patent illustration are very important. Look at it from this perspective. For instance, working scale models are no longer required. While patent illustrations are not exactly required, they give an idea of what the invention can do, without taking up the same space as a scale model. Illustrations help a patent and can give the patent examiner a better idea as to what the invention actually is and what it can do. Also, Abraham Lincoln seems to be held in high regard for the fact that he holds a patent. The same goes for companies that hold patents. For instance, a patent portfolio can be the difference between an investor giving money to a startup or ignoring the existence of the startup. Lastly, while it is not a race to see who can hold the most patents, it is fairly certain that holding patents give an edge to a company or person. Patents protect intellectual property and keep others from copying inventions. For example, in the instance of a court case, someone with a patent will be able to show that they have put in the effort and imagination to a product, which can give a competitive edge over someone who just simply says that they "came up with the idea."