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The Consequences of Invention Secrecy: Evidence from the USPTO Patent Secrecy Program in World War I

Information plays a critical role in technological progress, yet many inventors opt for trade secrecy to protect their intellectual property. This paper studies the myriad repercussions of concealing …
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Anatomy of a Valuable Patent: Building on the Structural Uniqueness of an Invention

“Inventors are very good at describing how their inventions can be used and why their invention is superior from a usability standpoint to anything similar and available in the marketplace. The troubl…
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Moving from Idea to Patent: When Do You Have an Invention?

When you are moving from idea to invention to patent, regardless of how or why you find yourself stuck in the idea phase, the first order of business to get the ball rolling. You need momentum. By now …
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Microsoft joins Open Invention Network and open sources its patent portfolio

Microsoft has joined the “largest patent non-aggression community in history”, the Open Invention Network (OIN), effectively open-sourcing almost its entire patent portfolio. The company has shown …
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Can I Patent and Market My Invention?

Once you have an idea for a new invention you may ask yourself whether your invention is patentable and whether you can commercialize your invention. While there is no surefire way to know if your inv…
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