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Let's Talk Licensing - Full Interview with Stephen Key
Join QuickPatent's owner Kevin Prince and product licensing guru Steven Key as they discuss all things licensing, including:
How to get a licensing deal
Whether or not licensing agents are worth your time
How to find companies that will license your products
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Now that we've been subjected to the Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB) for about five years, combined with a couple of Supreme Court decisions in 2006 and 2017, the need for legislation to protect inventors' rights is obvious (if I may use that term). If you haven't watched the story of Josh Malone and his invention"Bunch-o-Balloons," you need to watch it to see why we need this legislation. If you're an Amazon Prime member you can watch it for free... the movie is called "Invalidated" (2018) and stars Josh Malone.
Us little guys with valid patents are being abused by big companies that seemingly can invalidate our patents just by asking the PTO to do a re-exam. This impacts the value of patents for everyone, but especially us independent inventors. Please contact your congressman and senators and let them know that you'd like them to support H.R. 6557, the Inventor Protection Act. To find your representatives, click here.
There are also some alternate bills coming next year, so please keep an eye out and stay informed! See Gene Quinn's website IP Watchdog , and Randy Landreneau's website US inventor, for more details. Also, here's a story about another inventor who's patents were invalidated at the PTAB (A Plea From the Zip-It Inventor).
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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from QuickPatents!
We hope you had a productive 2017! It was quite a busy year for us, so you all must have been inventing like crazy. We wish you well this holiday season and hope that 2018 brings you much success!
Also, we wanted to let you know that the Patent & Trademark Office is playing the Grinch this year by raising certain PTO fees on Jan. 16, 2018. So if you have any patent projects you're thinking about starting soon, you might want to start now rather than later:
Design Patent filing fees (filing, search & exam): micro-entity $235 (up from $190) ... a 24% increase
Design Patent filing fees (filing, search & exam): small-entity $470 (up from $380) ... a 24% increase
For those clients that have received a notice-of-allowance on a design patent, note that the issue fee is going up 25% from $140 to $175. Be sure to pay this fee before Jan. 10 or so, so that we have time to prepare the paperwork and get it filed by Jan. 15. Also, it appears that standard utility patent fees are not changing, or only changing slightly, so that's the good news.
Also, at year end we usually skip the cost of printing and mailing Christmas cards and instead make a donation to Free Wheelchair Mission, which is the result of a mechanical engineer's idea to build low-cost wheelchairs and just give them to people in need around the world. FWM gave away it's 1,000,000th wheelchair earlier in 2017... quite an accomplishment! But there are 59,000,000 more wheelchairs needed, so please consider donating enough to buy at least one wheelchair and lift someone's body and spirit off of the ground! FWM is one of the highest-rated charities on www.CharityNavigator.com, a site that reviews charities for financial accountability and transparency.
Thanks again for your patent business in these last few years, and have a great Christmas season!