Things to do BEFORE meeting with a Patent attorney (reduce their billable hours, reduce your costs)
Discuss patents and inventions with a patent attorney and former Examiner. Learn how YOU can file your own patent application YOURSELF.
WARNING: the patent process is not easy, and is time-consuming. But inventors should be aware that having an attorney involved is not an absolute requirement. Some inventors file their own patent applications, although most do not. BUT . . . this is changing as time goes by.
This discussion will involve legal information only, not legal advice. For those considering hiring an attorney, this discussion will show them preparation-steps they can take that will make any attorney's job easier, and where that attorney may charge less money. But this discussion is not legal advice, just some helpful information.
As a currently practicing patent\trademark attorney, when I meet inventors, I often spend time talking them OUT of hiring an attorney and instead trying to get them to do more of the process themselves. Most inventors are over-focused on patents, and not sufficiently focused on customers and revenue.
Unfortunately, there is way too much misinformation and inaccurate information about what a patent Can Do for an inventor, and what a patent Will Not Do.
Chris Tanner is a licensed patent\trademark attorney having 22 years experience, and is located in North Florida. Chris has been involved in all phases of the patent process including federal patent litigation. Chris is also a former patent Examiner and a College Professor who holds 7 patents himself as an inventor.
Chris' style of practice is to encourage inventors to do as much work as possible themselves, and focus on customers and revenues, with patents as a distant 7th on the list of priorities.