New, exciting ideas are often produced by young people. This is ironic as
they have less experience than mature inventors, authors, engineers and
designers. Why do they excel at new ideas? Ignorance. They don't know,
"You can't do that." They do it!
Professional societies of engineering and medicine are often idea killers;
boundary and fence builders. The popular concept of physicians as "men of
science is wrong. Doctors are not scientists; they are practitioners. They
practice "the state of the art." They have a symptom classification system
called "diagnosis," a list of drugs, poultices, elixirs, with stoichiometry, the
quantitative relationships called "the pharmacopia," a trained, "bedside
manner," and a tradition on how to write big bills.
If you have an idea that is revolutionary, will change an industry greatly, is
clearly an improvement and have the expectation "the world will beat a path
to your door," per all your childhood hero books you should do research on
getting a patent.
The conventional recommended way is with a patent attorney or one of the
"invention help" organizations that have patent attorneys. You soon learn
costs are $50,000 to $100,000 for one patent, but when you read a patent all
you see is ten pages of strange prose! Why this should cost so much begins
with "the search," which is about $1,000, but there are books for getting a
patent yourself! The best of these is: "Patent If Yourself," by David
Pressman, published by Nolo Press. It is 572 pages of instruction and is $30
new or $3 used at Amazon.com.
There is an art to doing patent searches, but it is one you can learn in a few
hours for the area of your interest. Most professional searchers are not very
good as they are all over the place. You are focused and better off doing
searches yourself and saving $1,000. It's snarl in the beginning, but hang in
In 2006 I felt the anthropogenic (man caused) global warming people were
going to win and saw an opportunity to create a new carbon economy so I
put together a set of systems called Sequestered Carbon Amendment and
Fertilization, SCAF Systems. Where they were all linked to CO2 it seemed a
single patent was appropriate. That was a big mistake and generated 600
pages of correspondence with the US Patent Office. The full system is
documented at https://CO2Au.blogspot.com.
I took the most economically significant part of SCAF for sequestered CO2
that would be a glut on the market and wasted as it was proposed it should
be stored in depleted oil fields including those in oceans! I obtained US
patent 7,855,061 for "The Fuel Farm" for converting said CO2 to butanol,
the four carbon alcohol that is a far superior fuel to octane, the prototype
gasoline molecule. Butanol has just as much energy per pound, unlike
ethanol which has about 40%, and it has other wonderful attributes.
One third of the people that die in automobile accidents burn to death as
octane is a very volatile fuel. Butanol has 1/14th the volatility and could
potentially save 15,000 auto crash lives per year! However, until CO2
sequestration is put into law and the industry sees a butanol advantage could
eat a decade and my patent issued in 2008 would expire in 2028! However,
the US Patent Office has inadvertently created opportunities for buccaneers.
The US Patent Office was founded in 1790 and until 1946 the first person to
file a patent was the inventor. In 1946 they changed that rule to "...the first
to invent." This caused hundreds of lawsuits with high school notebooks put
into evidence as drawings of "inventions." While this made millions for
many attorneys it drove the USPTO nuts until 2015 when they went back to
the original rule in spite several famous embarrassments like the fact
Alexander Graham Bell beat Asa Gray to the patent office by 20 minutes
and Gray had evidence he had actually invented it years before Bell!
This has created opportunities in patent filing and management as the
USPTO has added periodic "Maintenance Fees" having taken lessons from
scoundrels like hospitals. If you do not pay them your patent goes into an
undefined "limbo" as the meaning has not been legally defined.
If CO2 sequestration becomes law thousands of tons of the gas will soon be
in storage. Where it had cost up to $400 for a tank of CO2 the price will
approach zero. It will be industrial waste! Fuel farmers can then get this
source gas for next to nothing and with no source material cost the profits
soar while fuel gets cheap!
Meanwhile a huge chemical company has applied for a patent and where
mine is in limbo and no own knows what that means legally the new patent
is granted! Within the month my letter to Huge Industries, Inc. declares I
have a prior claim and granted patent, while in limbo, not the small town in
Illinois of the same name, but a legal status has yet to be tested, but I will
sign my patent over to them for 1% of the gross business, "with quarterly
access to the books by my CPA's."
If Huge Industries ignores me I send a letter to their largest competitor
declaring I can give them a prior claim and cause of action in return for 1%
of their gross. If they dust me off, I go to the largest foreign outfit as they
will delight in stoning a US goliath. If I have to write 20 letters to find a
champion what am I out? A $20 bill? Where can you buy so many "enjoys"
Will this work? Who knows, but it is an opportunity the US Patent Office
has generated with the kind of mismanagement only a government bureau
can create through their boundless arrogance.