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When to Patent, or Not

When to Patent, or Not

Whether or not to file a patent is yet another business decision for the early startup founder. And as Peter Tormey points out in his ebook Startup Guide to Intellectual Property Early Stage Protection of IP, Patents are expensive to get and expensive to enforce....
Joint ownership of patents

Joint ownership of patents

Joint ownership of patents is a bad idea. The other owners have free discretion to do what they want with the patent. The best way to own a patent is to assign it to a single entity, a business or a trust, and let the single entity control the patent. Here is an...
The First Issued US Patents

The First Issued US Patents

Curious as to the very first patent ever granted by the United States?  The patent grant shown above was the first one issued, to sole inventor Samuel Hopkins of Pittsford, Vermont in July of 1790. The Hopkins patent claimed an “Improvement, not known before...