Patents: Folly or Friend?

8 Jan 2014

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A Patent Folly

  1. “I have an idea for a device that has a round outer circumference that rotates about a central axis …. (the wheel)
  2. “Great Idea”
  3. $$$
  4. “Ah – there is prior art”
  5. $$$$$
  6. “We can narrow the claims”
  7. $$$$$$$
  8. “OK the examiner has objected … we can narrow the claims”
  9. $$$$$$$$$
  10. Outcome 1: “I claim a device that has a round outer circumference part that rotates about at least one middle annular part, that rotates about an inner linear part, wherein each part is capable of diurnal modification in at least one parameter to suit the weather conditions.”
  11. Outcome 2: (nothing)

A Patent Friend

  1. “I have an idea for a device that has a round circumference that rotates about a central axis …. (the wheel)
  2. “Great Idea”
  3. $$$
  4. Granted patent: “I claim: a device that has a round outer circumference that rotates about a central axis.”

So…. a lesson I have learnt is:

When you file a patent you need to be ready to kill it at every stage! …. In particular be very careful when narrowing claims ……..