Happy Holidays

Scott ThorntonHolidays, Miscellaneous, Old Patents

Holiday patents.

With 2015 drawing to a close and an incredibly busy 2016 shaping up, we at the Thornton Firm wish you and yours the happiest and brightest of holidays.  Thank you for making our first year in business one of progress and proficiency.  We have established a strong foothold here in the greater Las Vegas area and will continue to build and … Read More


Scott ThorntonMiscellaneous

As autumn finally descends on the Las Vegas valley, I thought it only fitting to take a few moments to express my deepest gratitude for the many blessings this world has provided.  Words just cannot begin to express my deepest appreciation for my family, friends and good health without which none of my ambitions in life could ever have been … Read More

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

Inventing: A Bold Bull Move For Bear Markets

Scott ThorntonMiscellaneous, Patent Attorney

Sometimes, equity markets just aren’t the place to be.  In good times, riding a bull market is as good an investment as can be found.  But in uncertain times, investing in the stock market can be much tougher.  As I write this, the U.S. markets went on one of the wildest roller coaster rides in recent memory.  To follow up on … 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

Celebrating Independence

Scott ThorntonMiscellaneous

The Thornton Firm celebrates 239 years of American independence and the opportunities it has provided for millions of people from all walks of life.  We wish you and yours an exciting, creative and safe holiday weekend. For most, the Fourth of July holiday is a time for family, fun and fireworks.  For some, it is a time to reflect on … Read More

The Clock is Ticking in a First to File World

Scott ThorntonPatent Law, Patent Office

In March of 2013, the United States transitioned from being a “First to Invent” to a “First to File” system.  Prior to this change, patents were granted to the person who could demonstrate that he or she conceived of the invention first. Under the current “First-to-File” system, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issues patents to the first person … Read More