Perpetual Innovation: Patent Primer 4.0: Patents, the Great Equalizer of our Time An Overview of Intellectual Property for Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Patent Primer 4.0 is an overview of IP protection in the US and globally with a focus on patents and the patenting process. Intellectual property – especially patents – provides one of the greatest competitive advantages of our time. Patents are a great equalizer, putting the individual inventor on the same footing as corporate giants.  The Patent Primer is an update from the original edition that was included as Appendix B in Perpetual Innovation, Hall and Hinkelman’s 2007 Guide to Patent commercialization book. (Much has changed, so look for the latest edition!)

This Patent Primer includes our PowerPoints that cover all the major aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) including Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets. It includes the only simple and easy-to-understand timelines of the patenting process both domestic (US) and globally. And, if the graphics do not convey all that you needed to know, there are several pages per topic that give description in more details. A basic understanding of IP should be simple and straight-forward; however, the government websites are complex and confusing.

With so much depending on intellectual property, inventors and entrepreneurs must have a good understanding of IP tools to be successful. The Patent Primer is what everyone needs before launching new product development and invention commercialization. It gives a quick overview of IP and brand building. It addresses the various patent-protection alternatives. The Primer offers example of costs for a small entity to bring a patent-protected invention to market-readiness. The Patent Primer 4.0 includes major changes in U.S. patent laws, court rulings and the new fees initiated in March 2013.

Hall and Hinkelman are executives of Strategic Business Planning Company (SBP), a company that helps businesses and individuals Plan for Sustainable Success(tm). SBP helps develop "the plans that every business needs"(tm). The company is active in sustainability and advocates initiatives that offer payback of investment in 1 to 5 years while delivering perpetual savings to the business, to the community and to the environment – win, win, win!

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Perpetual Innovation: Patent Primer 4.0: Patents, the Great Equalizer of our Time An Overview of Intellectual Property for Inventors and Entrepreneurs
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