Timing matters in patents

21 Mar 2013


The wheel is long gone - the paper clip too – and the light bulb ….

“Damn damn damn”, but there seems plenty of ideas to be had … to patent … but a thing to consider is whether and when to file ….

Here is why: A patent can be thought as the grant of a 20 year monopoly for telling the world about how to do something.  There is a clear trade  here between the inventor and society.

So ….. without doubt …  sometimes it is better:

  1. not to patent …. or
  2. just use it …. or
  3. file a bit later…. but
  4. all the above have some risk ….