Changing the World One Invention at a Time: Acting on Your Ideas Using the Creatively Inventing Framework

Changing the World One Invention at a Time: Acting on Your Ideas Using the Creatively Inventing Framework

by Richard E. Rowe

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ISBN-13: 9781450219839
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/07/2010
Pages: 165
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Richard Edward Rowe is President/CEO
of Think Tek, Inc.-Think Globally, an intellectual property development and consulting firm in Las Vegas,
Nevada. He has over thirty years experience developing,
inventing, managing and deploying products, and consulting. He is an inventor with over one hundred patents covering a wide range of technologies.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xv
Prologue....................xvii
Chapter 1: In the Beginning, There Were Questions, Lots of Questions....................1
Our Fast-Paced Lives....................2
Organizing Your Time....................3
Asking the Right Question....................5
Basketball Example: Acting on Your Ideas....................5
Example: Reflective Disposable Tissue Container....................8
Answering Questions....................10
Refinement....................10
Problem Statement....................11
Example: Pet Toys....................11
Example: The Remote-Controlled Dog Toy....................14
Part I: Four-Step Opportunity Spotlight....................17
Chapter 2: Creative Prototypes and Experimentation....................18
Creatively Developing Ideas....................20
Example: The Zucchini Trellis....................20
Understanding the Problem to Solve....................20
A Preliminary Design....................22
Defining Problem Statements....................25
Building a Prototype....................29
Experimenting with Prototypes....................31
Three Weeks Later: Reassessing the Project....................35
Final Thoughts on the Zucchini Trellis Design....................40
Chapter 3: The Innovation Foundation, Birthplace of Ideas....................42
Invention and the Inventor....................42
Invention Definition....................43
The Process of Innovation....................44
Innovation Definition....................44
Filing Date....................45
The Patent Professional....................45
Invention Disclosure Form....................46
Inventor's Notebook....................49
Example: The Self-Contained Automatic Watering System....................52
Problem Statement Detail:....................52
Problem Statement: How can a range of stationary houseplants be automatically and sufficiently watered for extended periods of time?....................53
Example: Plant Watering System....................58
Problem statement: It is time consuming and inconvenient to manually water multiple plants throughout an office or home....................58
Example: Invention Disclosure Form....................60
Detailed Description Of The Invention....................65
Chapter 4: Inspirational Innovation and the "Ah Ha" Moment....................67
Passion and Curiosity....................67
Inspiration Triggers....................69
Example: Golf Cart Method and Apparatus....................69
Part II: Three-Step Inspiration Boost....................73
Chapter 5: Go, Team, Go: Innovation Strategy for Teams....................74
Brainstorming....................75
Part III: Seven-Step Strategic Planning Process....................78
Action Plan....................79
Patent Professional Support....................80
The Innovation Summit....................80
Innovation Summit Checklist....................81
Examples of Possible Idea Categories....................84
Example: Sample Ideas-Invention Disclosure Form....................88
Example: Sample Ideas-Product Enhancement List....................89
Five Points to Remember for the Facilitator....................90
Chapter 6: Ready, Set, Go: The Patent Application....................91
A Few Good Reasons....................92
Justifying the Cost....................93
Starting the Process....................94
Obtaining a Patent....................95
US Patent Types....................96
Provisional Patent Application....................97
Dissecting the Patent Application....................99
The Patent Application Publication Format....................99
Patent Application Publication Breakdown....................101
Cover Page Information Sections....................102
Abstract....................103
Field of Invention....................104
Background....................105
Summary....................106
Description of the Drawings....................107
Drawings....................107
Detailed Description of the Invention....................109
Claims....................115
Chapter 7: That's Obvious, or Is It?....................117
Patent Prosecution....................117
Obviousness Definition....................118
Time, Money, and Research....................119
No Guarantee....................120
Helpful Rules of Thumb....................121
Company-Related Efforts....................121
Key Points to Remember....................122
Chapter 8: Prior Art, It Came Before....................123
Continuation-In-Part Patent Applications....................126
Prior Art Search....................126
Duty of Disclosure....................127
Chapter 9: Changing the World with Ideas for the Future....................129
Ideas for the Future....................130
Creatively Inventing Framework Recap....................132
A Personal Note....................133
Epilogue....................134
Appendix A: What Is a Patent?....................138
What Is a Patent?....................138
The Roots of US Patent Law....................139
Types of Subject Matter That Can Be Patented....................140
Who May Obtain a Patent....................142
Appendix B: The Patent Application Process....................144
The Patent Application Process....................144
Continuations, Continuation-in-Parts, and Divisional Applications....................147
Formal Papers: Oath or Declaration, Signature....................147
After Filing Process: Duty of Disclosure and Examination....................148
Applicant's Reply....................149
Time for Reply and Abandonment....................150
Appeal to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and to the Courts....................151
Allowance and Issue of a Patent....................151
Note Regarding Provisional Patent Applications....................152
Appendix C: Additional Considerations....................154
Additional Considerations for Patent Applicants....................154
1. Time Bars....................154
2. Patentability Search....................154
3. Patent Marking and Patent Pending....................155
4. Assignments and Licenses....................155
5. Maintenance Fees....................156
6. Life of a Patent: Rights Granted and Enforcement....................156
7. Foreign Applicants for US Patents....................157
8. Foreign Patents....................158
Appendix D: Infringement of Patents....................160
Appendix E: Example Invention Disclosure Form Template....................162
Appendix F: Web Site References....................164

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