How to Protect Your Invention or New Product With a Provisional Patent

How to Protect Your Invention or New Product With a Provisional Patent

Since the American Invents Act, the U.S. has switched from a “first-to-invent” (FTI) to a “first-to-file” (FTF) patent system. This means that the right to patent an invention goes to the first person to file the application as opposed to the first person to create the product. In simple terms: an inventor must file before sharing the idea with potential manufacturers or the public. This is why provisional patents are important.

Google Ad Grants Overview and Tips

Google Ad Grants Overview and Tips

What if you had $10,000 a month to spend on AdWords, Google’s online advertising platform? Could you find more donors? Solicit more volunteers? Drive more traffic to your website? Would that make a difference in how you budget each year?

Protect Your Intellectual Property with a Confidentiality Agreement

Protect Your Intellectual Property with a Confidentiality Agreement

If you’re a startup, you may need to disclose your concept to a bank, potential business partners or venture capitalists. In these scenarios (and others), it’s important to obtain a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) or Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) from the party receiving the confidential information. Failure to do so could leave you vulnerable and negatively impact your ability to get patent protection in the future.

How to Effectively Pitch via Twitter

How to Effectively Pitch via Twitter

Most people have their social media accounts linked to their smartphones and check them even more than they check their e-mails. This is exactly why social media marketing, or pitching via Twitter, can be more effective than the traditional e-mail pitch. Here are a few things to remember when you begin to pitch.