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New Inventor’s Checklist

by Rick Martin, Patent Attorney
Here is what I tell all new inventors on a first consultation;

  • First, do a free patent search at www.uspto.gov and Google’s Advanced Patent Search.
  • Second, hire us to do a basic professional search for $1200.00.
  • Third, brainstorm with me on an hourly basis to format a product launch budget.
  • Fourth, decide if you are a producer or a licensor.
  • Fifth, if you are a licensor, then file a utility patent to get claims allowed as soon as possible.
  • Sixth, if you are a producer (like most of my successful small clients), then file a provisional application, spend your money on inventory and marketing, and always consider the value of filing a design patent as well!
  • Good luck!
For more important inventors’ information see Tips for Inventors.