Archive for the 'Inventors' Category

Patent Agent Recommended

Friday, December 21st, 2007

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) release a warning yesterday, noting that it has been made aware of companies offering alternative methods of protecting inventions. CIPO recommends that inventors contact a registered patent agent for advice.

Hmmm, sounds familiar. See here, and also here, about my previous blog entries regarding invention promotion firms.

See also […]

Solar-Assisted Toyota Prius

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

There was a neat article the other day about Canadian Inventor Steve Lapp who modified his Toyota Prius hybrid car to accept additional power input from a set of solar panels he installed on the top of the car’s roof.

The inventor estimates that this complementary technology could result in a 25% to 33% reduction in […]

How to protect and benefit from your ideas

Friday, August 26th, 2005

Via Rob Hyndman, who provides a link to a publication of the American Intellectual Property Association entitled How to Protect and Benefit From Your Ideas which is intended to assist the independent or novice inventor in protecting, evaluating and commercializing new ideas.

The publication is not a “do-it-yourself” book, but instead provides the reader with […]

Book - “From the Mind to the Marketplace”

Thursday, July 21st, 2005 today has an interesting article about a new book, entitled From the Mind to the Marketplace.

The book is basically a how-to guide for taking an innovation to market. It also pays particular attention to the inventor and author’s experiences as novice marketers, with emphasis on the wooing of large retailers such as Canadian […]

Happy Birthday Canada!

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Today we celebrate Canada Day. It is the anniversary of the uniting in 1867 of Upper and Lower Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia as the dominion of Canada. We’re now 138 years old!

Taking a bit of an intellectual property turn, if it wasn’t for us Canadians, the world would be […]

Einstein’s Brain

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Einstein’s death. It is also been 100 years since he stunned the world with science’s most famous equation, E=mc2.

A neat (or perhaps disturbing and morbit) article on today’s entitled “Doctor kept Einstein’s brain in jar 43 years” therefore caught my eye.

Albert Einstein’s first job […]

Board Game Patents

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Every now and then I have an inventor approach me in regards to a patent for a new board game. One of the first questions I’m asked is “can I patent my board game idea?”

It is for that reason that an article in today’s San Francisco dBusinessNews (with the lenghty title “North America […]

Remove Arsenic from Drinking Water and Maybe Win a Million Dollars

Friday, February 18th, 2005

In today’s PATNEWS, Greh Aharonian notes that the National Academy of Engineering is sponsoring a contest with a million dollar prize for anyone who can invent a cheap, easy-to-use and sustainable way to remove arsenic from drinking water in developing countries. The levels have to be reduced from 300 parts per billion to 10 […]

Invention Promotion Firms - Round Three

Friday, February 11th, 2005

Some nice comments regarding my recent article on Invention Promotion Firms were posted on Stephen Nipper’s The Invent Blog.

In those comments, P. Ballou points out that there are warning lists about Invention Promotion Firms maintained at, including what that site calls an Extreme Caution List and a Watch List. Additional newspaper article links […]

More on Invention Promotion Firms

Monday, February 7th, 2005

Back about two weeks ago I noted that Invention Promotion Firms have received criticism from the U.S. federal government and from various trade groups for allegedly misleading consumers. Yesterday, PHOSITA ran a similar and excellent posting on their blog, which you can view here.

Douglas Sorocco of PHOSITA notes that Invention promotion companies are the […]

Invention Promotion Firms

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Every once in a while I see a client who has an invention and, prior to seeing a patent lawyer or patent agent, has contacted an invention promotion firm. These firms advertise on television and the Internet, and offer services in relation to both patenting and marketing inventions.

Over the last few years […]