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As an inventor with a new product idea (or improvement to an existing product), it’s important to understand the various types of protection that are available to you.  Let’s assume that your idea provides benefit and usefulness (not just a visual design) ~ you might consider filing either a non-provisional patent (a “Utility Patent”) or a provisional patent application.  Choosing which type of application should be based on individual circumstance, personal preference, and financial considerations, and the choice will vary from one inventor to another.

Here are 5 key benefits of filing a provisional patent application before filing a utility patent application.

1. Lower cost

 A provisional patent application can often times be prepared and filed for less than $600, where the preparation and filing of a typical utility application can cost $5,000 and up, depending on the complexity of the invention.

 

2. Easy to file

The application and process is significantly less complex than a utility application and can even be done by inventors themselves if they take the time to understand how to complete a thorough application. 

 

3. Immediate “patent pending” status

Since the patent office does not review or approve provisional patent applications, inventors can immediately use the term “patent-pending” once the application has been filed.

 

4. Provides 12 months before a utility patent would need to be filed

Although the provisional patent application is not a substitute for ultimately filing a non-provisional patent application, it provides the inventor with 12 months of valuable time to further develop or market the invention.  Why spend thousands on filing a utility application only to realize later that you need to make changes to your invention or that your invention is not going to sell/license.  You can use the 12 months to figure out if this expense is worth while or if you do find a company to enter into a license agreement with you, try to negotiate for the company to cover some or all of the cost of filing a utility patent.

 

5. Establishes priority date

Once your application has been filed, you have established a priority date for your patent.  This means that when and if you file a utility application, you will be able to claim the original provisional filing date.

It’s important to understand that even if you file a provisional patent application, you will still need to file a non-provisional application down the road if you wish to maintain patent protection. Think of the provisional patent application as a possible step in the patent process, but not the final step.

The provisional patent application establishes the filing date but does not start the USPTO review process.  The provisional patent application provides a measure of protection for 12 months from the filing date and expires unless you file a utility patent application before the 12 months are up. 

Whichever direction you ultimately decide, remember that research and self-education are invaluable to your success not only at this beginning stage, but also as you progress in the process of inventing.

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InventionHome is pleased to announce it has joined the United Inventors Association (UIA) in sponsoring the Inventors Zone at the 2011 Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo and Conference (SPREE) at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on April 12 – 14.

The specialty retail industry covers cart and kiosk sales in malls and other venues.  With over 100,000 kiosks across the United States in malls alone, there is a pressing need for new products. The SPREE Show brings together industry professionals looking for new products and entrepreneurs with new products to sell or seeking to start their own business.

 

Who should attend the show?  Inventors with “retail ready” products interested in…

1. Exhibiting their inventions / products for opportunities to sell in carts, kiosks and gift shops. (Reserve your booth in the Inventors Zone by calling Debbie Lahti at (800) 936-6297 x 20.)

2. Educational sessions and networking events to learn more about the $12 billion specialty retail industry.

Exhibiting in the Inventors Zone

Entrepreneurs ready to take orders for their products should consider exhibiting.  Your product may be good for the specialty retail market if it a) requires an explanation and is easily demonstrated, or b) is a product that is already understood, like a t-shirt or food item.

For additional information on pricing and how to register for the SPREE Inventors Zone contact Debbie Lahti at (800) 936-6297 extension 20.  http://spreeshow.com/ 

When: April 12 – 14   /   Where: Las Vegas

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The invention of candy corn occurred over 130 years ago in a small town in Philadelphia and is credited to the Wunderlee Candy Company.  An employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company named George Renninger, was credited with the invention.  Wunderlee was the first to begin manufacturing the product in the late 1800s; then Goelitz Candy Company (which later became the Jelly Belly Candy Company) started making these candies and continues to make candy corn today.

Candy corn instantly became popular among farmers due to its appearance of an actual piece of corn and the three colors making up the single piece of candy made it a revolutionary invention for its time.  However, since manufacturing was cumbersome and slow in the early 1900s, candy corn was only produced between the months of March and November. Candy corn has changed very little since its invention and has become has become the most popular Halloween candy of all time. 

Today, nearly 8.3 billion candy corn kernels are sold every year – 80% of which are sold during the months of September and October!

For help with your INVENTION, call 1-866-844-6512!

 

 

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What does that mean…National Inventors Month?  The designation was assigned back in 1998 by several organizations (the United Inventors Association, the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors Digest magazine).  It is meant to honor those among us who think “outside the box”, and to encourage even more free thinkers to think freely! 

Here’s the thing…you don’t have to be a scientist, a genius or a millionaire to have a clever invention idea.  Good ideas can come from ANYONE.  Patrick Raymond, Executive Director of the United Inventors Association (UIA) comments:  “National Inventors Month is a time to reflect on all those crazy ideas you have while standing in the shower. Resolve to pick ONE and try to make it a reality that would have maximum positive impact on you and the world. Rinse, repeat.”

At InventionHome, we’ve developed a streamlined process to enable everyday people to take an idea and pursue it.  We assist thousands of busy people who work full-time jobs, raise families, or just aren’t interested in handling all the details themselves, and we do it with attention to superior customer service and providing exceptional value.  

To get started with you idea call 1-866-844-6512.

Now, to get us in the spirit of celebrating Your Month, we thought it would be fun to share a few fun inventor facts.

Did you know…

 

…that Henry Ford’s lawyer was advised by Michigan Savings Bank’s president NOT to invest in Ford Motor Company? He is quoted as saying, “The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.”

…that the formulas for both Cola-Cola and Silly Putty have never been patented?  Rather, both companies hold trade secrets which are shared only with their most trustworthy employees.  Both products have withheld the test of time…after many attempts to replicate the products, no one has yet succeeded.

…that Benjamin Franklin’s inspiration for bifocals came because he hated wearing two pairs of glasses?

…that Ivory Soap was accidentally invented when an employee left the soap mixing machine on too long? To hide the evidence of his mistake, he threw the mixture in a nearby stream. But he couldn’t hide the soap that floats – it floated to the surface, and the rest is history!

…that the Band-Aid® Bandage was truly a product of “necessity”?  A Johnson & Johnson employee named Earl Dickson was tending to his accident-prone wife who had cut her finger.  He aspired to create a bandage that she could apply herself, when he was at work.  He placed a small piece of gauze in the center of a piece of surgical tape, and that inspiration led to today’s self-adhesive bandage.

…that after evaluating Charles Darrow’s sample of Monopoly, executives from Parker Brothers turned down the game because it had “52 fundamental errors” (including taking too long to play).  Well, somehow the sample wound up in the home of the company president who stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish playing it.  He enjoyed it immensely…and now, 75 years later, 275 million games have been sold worldwide and it’s available in 111 countries and in 43 languages.

…that Steve Jobs created the first Apple computer in his parents’ garage? As a college student,  Jobs and his partner Steve Wozniak worked at a feverish pace in that garage building their computers for fellow students.  To raise $1300 cash for parts, Jobs sold his old VW bus and Wozniak sold his Hewlett Packard calculator. The following year (1977) Apple sales hit $800,000 and went on to become a Fortune 500 company in a record five years!

…that “patent leather” received its name because the process to apply the shiny black finish to leather was once patented?

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Is your pet an unwilling host for fleas?  If so, check out a new product called the Flea Zapper.  Developed by Epilady, a company known for their body-care products, the Flea Zapper is a unique, fully developed, and effective product to remove fleas from household pets.  Epilady is working with InventionHome.com to to assist them in finding licensing opportunities for the patented product.

The Flea Zapper is a chemical-free device and is ideal for most pets, including dogs, cats and even geriatric animals. It is also less stressful for the pet than other treatments such as sprays, chemical baths, etc. By simply combing the pet’s hair with the Flea Zapper, fleas are eliminated. Most pets even enjoy this combing action!

Using the Flea Zapper is easy… Simply turn on the comb and run it through the animal’s fur. Whenever the comb’s teeth come in contact with a flea, it will be killed instantly.

The product has been extensively tested and complies with the rigorous ISO 9002 international quality management standard.

To learn more about how InventionHome.com can help you find companies interested in licensing opportunities, please call (866) 844-6512.

Great to Use on Cats!

Great to Use on Cats!Equally Effective on Dogs!

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