Patent Searching Using the Lens

Scott ThorntonInventor Help, Miscellaneous, Old Patents, Patent Search

As I have written on earlier occasions, performing a patent search is a great way for inventors to get a feel for what’s out in the world of prior art before navigating the unknown and often perilous waters of the United States patent system.  I encourage inventors to perform their own preliminary patent searches, as it is a great way … Read More

Understanding An Inventor’s Duty of Disclosure, Candor and Good Faith

Scott ThorntonInventor Help, Patent Attorney, Patent Law, Patent Office

As a patent attorney, I enjoy advising my clients on issues related to their patent applications and issued patents.  Most issues I address pertain to the technical and proprietary aspects of their inventions and how to effectively prepare, file and prosecute their patent applications.  For an inventor, obtaining a patent is an exciting time.  But in the excitement of obtaining … Read More

Ten Things An Inventor Should Do Before Contacting A Patent Attorney

Scott ThorntonInventor Help, Patent Attorney, Patent Law

As a patent attorney, I enjoy talking to inventors.  I love helping inventors and entrepreneurs secure intellectual property rights in their respective works.   A good part of my business involves the cultivation of working relationships with prospective clients.  My hope is that they will retain my services in the future.  But there are days where I am simply too busy … Read More

An Introduction to Patent Searching

Scott ThorntonInventor Help, Patent Law, Patent Office, Patent Search

     Whether you’re a seasoned inventor or are attempting to patent your first invention, performing a patent search is a logical first step.  It only makes sense to learn and understand what’s out there before embarking on the long, expensive and frustrating voyage of obtaining patents in the United States and abroad.  And with today’s internet, accessing relevant patent information … Read More