The day before Thanksgiving I was hit by a driver who ran a red light. The impact, on the driver’s side, re-directed my car toward the curb. Unfortunately, directly in my path was a telephone pole. As many of you who have been in an accident know, time slowed as the adrenaline kicked in. I cut the wheels to the left, away from the pole to no avail, until I hit the curb. Then my car lurched 6 inches to the left and I “threaded the needle”, as you can see from the photo.
You might think that small “eye of the needle” space between those two telephone poles is not very valuable real estate, but to me it was enormously valuable, as it saved me from serious injury.
Many inventors fail to recognize the value of their inventions. Because of the intelligence, talent or creativity, they think that just anyone could have thought of or created their invention. This is often true, especially when the invention is an improvement that may be particularly narrow or focused. Yet many of the inventions that we use in our everyday lives are the result of narrow inventions: cup holders that hold any size of cup, flashlights that are ribbed and don’t roll away when dropped, medications that have sustained release and fewer dosages each day, paint that lasts 5 years rather than 3 years.
Consulting with a patent attorney can provide an inventor with the guidance to “thread the needle”, to find that valuable piece of intellectual property that is patentable. By searching and analyzing the existing art, drafting a thorough specification, and crafting valuable claims, the patent attorney is able to provide the inventor with a valuable patent. At CreatiVenture Law, we are dedicated to entrepreneurs, helping them to protect their intellectual property.