August 14, 2020  

Patents is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Patents allow businesses to protect their intellectual property and profit from their ideas and inventions. Learn about patents here. We cover everything from how to apply for a patent to what to do when your competitor infringes on your patent.


  • Investing in Patents - Buying patents? Accumulating a patent portfolio? Investing in patents and other intellectual property can be a great investment, but it can also be a complete waste of money.
  • Five Questions to Ask the Patent Lawyer - You've invented something brilliant. Now what? Finding a good patent attorney should be at the top of your list. Here's how to find a patent attorney that is worth the investment.
  • Can I Patent a Business Idea? - Patenting an idea? Many people think that patents are for inventions, not just for ideas. The reality is that you can indeed patent an idea.
  • Patent Attorney Hourly Rates - How much do patent attorneys cost? We discuss patent attorney hourly rates and fees.
  • Question to Ask My Patent Attorney - Hiring a patent attorney? If so, it's best to know the right questions to ask the patent attorney before you start.
  • Prior Art - In analyzing an existing patent or in deciding whether to file a patent application for an invention, it is almost always necessary to consider prior art. But that's not all you need to know about prior art.

  • How Long Does It Take to Get a Patent? - It'd be great if you could apply today for a patent and have it be granted tomorrow. But the reality is that getting a patent takes time.and patience.
  • What Does Patent Pending Mean? - Does somebody who has a patent pending actually have a patent? The use of patent-oriented phrases in marketing is quite common, but there's a fair bit of confusion on what the terms mean.
  • Is a Patent Application Confidential? - The idea or invention that you want to patent gives you a competitive advantage. But patent applications ultimately can be reviewed by members of the public. As such, companies should be very careful about what they disclose in their patent applications.
  • Patent Infringement - Knowledge of patent infringement fundamentals is important for entrepreneurs. You want to know your rights if you believe somebody is using your intellectual property.
  • Patent Infringement and Litigation - The newspapers are full of patent infringement lawsuits these days. We've written a useful primer on patent infringement and litigation.
  • Patent Applications When There Are Multiple Inventors - Quite frequently, patentable inventions or business ideas are the result of a team effort. When there are multiple inventors for a single patent application, these rules should be followed.
  • Selling a Patent - Wondering how to sell a patent? If you are a patent holder, there's a good chance that your patent is worth a lot of money to somebody out there. But how do you find a patent buyer?
  • Filing a Patent Without an Attorney - Thinking about getting a patent on your own? Patent attorneys may not appreciate our telling you this, but the truth is you can get a U.S. patent on your idea or invention without using a lawyer.
  • Managing a Patent Portfolio - Your company's patents are only as valuable as your ability to convert them into revenue. Here's what it takes to effectively manage a portfolio patent in today's economy.
  • Patent Trolls - Patent trolls can cost your company hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation and licensing fees. We'll tell you how these intellectual property opportunists make a living and how you can defend your company from exploitation.




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