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How to make better inventions: Part 1

By David French

This is part one of a two part series. Part two will be published next week.

I recently had an extended discussion with someone which resulted in the conclusion that there is more to patenting than just getting patents. We started with a discussion of the business value of a patent and then addressed the business value of patenting. Here is the concept.

If you are going to start the patenting process, it is absolutely essential that you do some searching.  Searching is essential because you can only patent an aspect of your own idea that is new.  There is no point in filing a patent application if you cannot identify a feature that is new. So a patent novelty search is about searching for bad news: defining the boundaries of the forbidden territory that you cannot claim because it is delimited by the “Prior Art Wall.”

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