5 responses to “Patent (De)Pending”

  1. FrauTech

    In corporate America you generally sign something when you start your job that anything you design in relation to your job the company retains the rights for. There are a few exceptions, but in generally the company owns IP you develop while there. They don’t own stuff you develop on your own time, but then you’d be on your own entirely for patenting.

    My understanding of patents is it recently became much harder to get one. It used to be you could demonstrate an idea for a unique application and get a patent. Now if there is something remotely like it but for a completely different application, the patent office will point to that and deny your patent. I hope you have better luck.

  2. Fluxor

    I just got my name added to another patent last week. :-) Large corporations have the luxury of patenting anything and everything under the sun. Looking for prior art is the job of the patent lawyer, not me. We do have an internal IP committee that is the first level of filtering for potential patent applications. They look at each idea’s technical and business merits to see if it warrants the funds necessary in hiring lawyers and going through the process. Usually, submissions must be backed up by a prototype — either physically or through simulation — although needless to say, the physical prototype makes for a stronger case. However, the business merits are more lax. We don’t need to be able to license it out to others; we just need it to protect our own products.

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