Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ideas & Patents: Taking Time to Evaluate Your Options

Do you have ideas for building new things? 

Golden Bullet
A winning sled - for awhile - at the Boston Science Museum.
Created by Mason.

Do you know if your ideas are patentable? 

Or valuable only in your imagination?

On Patrol
Created with Lego Bricks and Brick Arms Accessories
by Mason

Today, representatives of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will be at the University of Maine to talk about patenting ideas

If you've been wondering about whether you have a patentable idea, make a plan today to do one of the following:
  1. Contact your local business incubator or patenting assistance program to get help evaluating your idea. Confidentiality agreements need to be in place before you explain the idea. The Maine Patent Program is available for residents and students.
  2. Attend a local workshop to understand what makes an idea patentable.
  3. Seek information from the Inventors Assistance Program at the USPTO. The USPTO provides help to inventors.
Don't let your creations stop in your imagination.

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