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Business Uses for Patents

Patents in a Business Context

Why patents as a “lottery ticket” is a losing proposition. A business owner makes hard business decisions, especially when it comes to IP.  There is only so much money and so much time, so how do you decide? Patents represent enormous potential value, and they feel like a lottery ticket.  The risk to reward –…

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How to Find a Realistic Patent Value

A realistic patent value can be determined using many of the same techniques used to value businesses. However, it all depends on whether someone is copying your invention. Patent value is tricky Use standard business valuation techniques to value patents Pricing patents using Options Pricing techniques Special cases where patent value is huge What if…

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Why Marketing Is More Important than Patents

Entrepreneurs have been fed this lie that the first thing they need to do is get a patent, then work on the business. This is a bad strategy. As an investor who finances IP for startups, I want some data to support the investment in patents. The best strategy is to do the marketing first,…

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How Much Does A Patent Cost? (with 2020 updates)

In this post, we look at a lot of things regarding patent costs: What are the basic patent costs? What are the costs to just file a patent? Is micro entity worth it? Is a provisional patent application cheaper? (NO!) What are the costs for software patents? What can affect patent costs? What does it…

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Patents Help Sell Your Company

When building a patent portfolio with the intent to sell a company, the main audience is not potential infringers, but the acquiring company. Depending on the situation, the acquiring company may have any of several different reasons for the acquisition. For example, the acquiring company may be looking to add an existing product to its product…

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Patent Myths – “Broad Claims are a Good Thing.”

Inventors like to think that their patents are “broad” and somehow that is good.  It is not. The risks with broad patents are that they are more easily invalidated, but it is basically a sales pitch that patent attorneys use to make more money. Narrow patents are bad, too. (Learn more about this and other…

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What Risk Is BlueIron Taking When Financing A Patent?

BlueIron is taking several risks when financing a patent. BlueIron is taking the risk that the patent will even issue. BlueIron is making an investment in researching the invention, writing the patent, and getting the patent through the patent office.  If BlueIron fails to get a patent, you can walk away from the deal at…

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Why Startup Patents Are Doomed From The Start

Patents for small companies are fundamentally different from patents for large companies.  The decisions made – and skills needed – to develop the two are very different. There are several problems facing a startup company when getting patents.  The biggest problem: the skillset needed for a startup’s patents is not practiced in the conventional law…

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BlueIron is Changing the Legal Industry

BlueIron was formed in response to a weakness in the way patents are prepared.  My personal experience was that I needed a patent attorney’s advice and experience – and I paid for it – but he had continually refused to give it to me. It wasn’t until after I took the patent bar and began…

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