Necessity may be the mother of invention, but surely the patent is its guardian angel. After all,where would inventors and entrepreneurs be without this humble document to help protect their ideas in the marketplace?
But patents have their limitations, too. This collection of articles and online resources can help you educate yourself about the patent process.
You've got a great idea. Has someone else beaten you to the punch? A spin through a patent database can help you find out just how innovative your invention is -- and whether someone else has dibs on it.
Gain a fuller understanding of the patent process by reading through these frequently asked questions -- and a related discussion of provisional patent applications -- before putting your ideas on file.