Would you base the future of your business on a $40 report? Would you invest $10,000 in a patent process encouraged by the results of a free internet search? Sadly, I’ve met people who have hurt their business prospects by inadvertently using poor patent services. Don’t get tripped up! I explain how to know if a search is complete, whether a searcher is knowledgeable, what inferior results look like, and more in my latest blog.
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PSG is 8 years old this month and we’ve certainly learned a lot about starting a one-of-a-kind business and helping potential clients understand how we can save them time and money. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with packaging PSG services – with great success. For example, I created a table comparing our patent research services in three simple tiers to help people understand the costs and the results to expect at each level.
Greetings as we wind down another productive year! It is gratifying to see so many clients taking proactive steps toward their Intellectual Property, innovation, and business goals.
“Get a patent!” is one of the most common goals we hear from new clients at Pearson Strategy Group. But for many inventors and companies, this path is an expensive mistake. Patent attorney Craige Thompson explains below why patents often aren’t worth anything. For example, would you still pursue a patent if I told you that roughly 95 percent of U.S. patents are never monetized (licensed, sold or included in a product)? It’s true!
As a U.S.-based, professional patent researcher, I’ve seen some cringe-worthy patent reports from Do-It-Yourself, discount and what’s passing-as-professional patent search services. What is the biggest red flag that prior art research may be incomplete or inaccurate?
Most of the worldwide patenting authorities default at publishing utility patent applications at 18 months. Patent attorney Andrew Eisenberg’s thoughts here on the “not to publish” option for U.S. patent applications are important since using this option will delay the date of publication for an additional 1-3 years – and only if the patent issues. This significantly ups the ante for you to stay abreast of your competition and the state of the art with Patent Alerts being an important line of defense.
Trademarks are the most valuable long term asset a company can have. That being said, many large companies overlook their importance. I see it all too often: companies in the early stages of developing a brand identity willingly walk into future trademark and re-branding issues.
Now that Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror, we’re pausing to reflect on this busy year. 2017 has been a year of exploration and trying new things at PSG. We’ve been looking at break-the-mold opportunities and stretching our comfort zones.
Tickets When Thursday, September 28, 2017 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Location Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704 View Map Patent research specialist Steve Pearson will represent the Pearson Strategy Group at the 2017 Central Texas Manufacturing Tradeshow & Procurement Conference on Sept. 28 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin.
As a veteran, it has been a while since I taught nuclear plant operations and maintenance to young Naval enlistees. It’s been even longer since I served as an engineer on a nuclear sub. But, those years in the Navy have led to a deep appreciation of the hard work and dedication of other vets and those now serving in the military. I join everyone at the Pearson Strategy Group in thanking these men and women for their service and contributions toward the freedoms that define our nation.