|Loren Donald Pearson |
Today's newsletter will address the first steps that inventors and businesses that work with inventors should take.
An Invention Disclosure Form
, which should be completed immediately after each invention is conceived, is attached.
The invention disclosure, especially if witnessed and/or notarized, will provide strong evidence of the date of conception of your invention. In some cases, the date of conception can be used to antedate or "swear back" the prior art. See 37 CFR 1.1.31
An invention disclosure will help me spot issues (e.g. ownership, prior art, bar dates). A completed invention disclosure form will speed the application process.
Resting on your invention and not filing an application could lead to loss of your original date of conception, bar from ever filing a patent application, and may even open the door for another party to file a patent for similar technology.