Posts Categorized Patent Basics

Why IoT Patents are Hot

What are the hottest patents?  IoT patents. Most people do not realize that there is an extensive, highly developed secondary market for patents.  This market runs under the radar for the most part, with occasional news stories about “patent trolls”.  However, it is very sophisticated, well financed, and trades tens of billions of dollars of… Read more »

Patents Multiply Your Investment in a Company

Note: this is an excerpt from my upcoming book “Investing In Patents”, which will be published in the next couple months. More information to come. Patents Multiply Your Investment Patents are used to defend, but also to multiply an investment in technology. In the first case, companies use their patent assets to preserve an investment…. Read more »

Patents Are Similar to Stock Options

Patents are similar to stock options. Patents are an inherently risky investment and have lots of similarities to options trading. This is because they have value only when the market comes to them. At the time you purchase an option – and at the time you create a patent – you must place a bet… Read more »

BlueIron Skewers Traditional Patent Attorney Role with Unique Investment Model

BlueIron IP skewers traditional patent attorney role with unique investment model FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan 18, 2016 LOVELAND – Protecting a startup’s intellectual property is one of the most important milestones for any new tech-based business and one of the biggest factors for success, but conventional patent attorneys can make it a costly and confusing… Read more »

How to Get a Good Patent

How to Get a Good Patent How to get a good patent? It is easy to get a worthless patent, but quite hard to file a good one. A good patent starts with a good invention. The invention should have a high value if the invention were to be licensed or sold to competitors in… Read more »

Startup Funding: Apply for BlueIron Non-Dilutive Funding

BlueIron provides non-dilutive startup funding. BlueIron provides $60K or more non-dilutive startup funding for companies with great inventions. Our model is to invest in the full cost of getting patents for a company, including international (PCT) filing and expediting the patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We fund companies *before* angel or… Read more »

Inventions Where BlueIron Will NOT Invest

There are some inventions where BlueIron will NOT invest. I see an obnoxious number of inventions and patents from startups. I estimate that I encounter 10-20 inventions per week lately, and many are not good candidates for us to invest. It is heartbreaking to say “no” to inventors where the invention does not seem to… Read more »

How to Find a Good Patent Attorney

How to find a good patent attorney: find two attorneys, and have each one evaluate the other attorney’s work. Here is a simple technique to find a good patent attorney: start with at least *two* candidates. Ask each attorney to give you a sample of their work, and take the sample to the other attorney…. Read more »

How to Make Your Patent Strong Against Inter Partes Reexam

Strengthen your patent against Inter Partes Reexam One of the easiest ways for infringers to challenge an issued patent is through the Inter Partes Reexam process, commonly known as IPR. To successfully challenge a patent, someone has to produce a prior art document that would have changed the examiner’s mind. This is known as raising… Read more »

Over-broad Patents Are No Longer A Good Thing

It used to be that “broad” patents were the best things for litigation. That is no longer the case. A patent drafting theory from 10 years ago was to draft a patent with the loosest language possible and go for claims that are nebulous. This drafting theory results in extremely broad descriptions of an invention… Read more »