Tagged: creativity Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 11:44 pm on July 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: copyright, creativity, , , , invention, inventor, patent, , , trademark   

    Should You Patent Or Trademark Your Idea? 

    Should you patent or trademark your idea or invention? At first when you are inventing things and coming up with ideas, getting a patent may not come to mind at first. Since you’ve got a great idea, product, service, process, business etc… And you want to put it out there for all the world to see. Then you’ve got to ensure that nobody else uses it or claims your idea. So therefore, you go & get a patent or trademark.

    In case you didn’t know a patent is a type of copyright granted from the federal government as a fixed-term monopoly to an inventor to prevent others from copying an invention or improvement to a product or process.

    So what are you working on or trying to invent? Many people come up with all sorts ideas and inventions. So if you feel like what you’re trying to invent or working on is going to be something simply different or revolutionary, why not seek ways to get a patent?

    When you file for a regular patent or trademark usually means that you’ve done your research, you’ve got your plans & invention together & you know that your product will sell, earn profits or be of some use on the market. If you aren’t sure about how well your product will do on the market then file a provisional patent. Filing a provisional patent gives an inventor time to fine-tune their product to meet the requirements of customers and the market. This still gives you ( the inventor) protection against your competitors. If you can’t do it on your own then seek the help of a patent or trademark attorney.

    Some people invent products to make money, change things etc… Some people don’t seem to realize that getting a patent can give their ideas or invention some protection. Depending on what you’re working on, you don’t want too many people to know about your idea until it’s finished or you have a patent for it. Because so many people steal inventions & ideas. Even when you do have a trademark or patent, some people will still try to copy & create knock-offs, similar products to yours. So whomever is the first to get their patent approved then they would be considered to be the 1st inventor or creator of said product. If you disagree & you feel like you were the first to invent a certain product or idea, you can always challenge that person in court or through the USA patent/ trademark office.

    That’s why you have to be careful about who you tell your ideas to & who you let help you. Depending on your idea, product or service, getting a patent or trademark for it could be highly important. If you need outsourced manufacturing, buyers or a license, it’s good to have a trademark or patent. Some manufacturers won’t help you if you don’t have a patent, trademark or if you haven’t applied for one. That’s something to think about. Sometimes for certain products, if you don’t get a patent & someone creates the same or similar product to yours, it could be hard to tell who the original creator is. Situations like that can create many legal battles. That’s something that you should try to avoid. Check out the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):http://www.uspto.gov/

    If you strongly believe that you have a good idea to patent or trademark, then file your papers with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): http://www.uspto.gov/ . But first do research on the pros & cons of filing a patent or trademark. Also do research to make sure no one else has a patent for your idea. Then file your papers to protect your invention.

     
    • Outsourcing Philippines 1:13 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Especially if the idea or invention you made is not easy. we should be very careful to that putting a trademark really important.

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 8:21 pm on September 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , creativity, don't, , , organizational, , stifle, ,   

    Don’t Stifle Creativity 

    Creativity should be one of the many things at the heart of your organization. Running a business or starting one needs creativity. You can turn your creativity into a product, service or operation. You can use creativity to improve on your products, services, work or operations.Consulting Services OF Clerical Business Solutions

    Creativity should be what you or your team rely on to be better than you ever were before. The creative process is an ongoing exercise. If you or your team are not creative enough, get training in this area. These skills can be learned, developed and practiced with the right training. But of all things don’t stifle creativity within your organization. That’s the worst thing for cohesiveness, collaboration & success in any company.

    You can agree to disagree and you can discuss things. But don’t shoot an idea down until you or your team have had plenty of time to think things through and look at a particular idea from all angles. Then make a judgment call as in whether to go forward with it or not.

    In being more creative improve your focus. Develop a laser focus on one idea or a select few at a time. A bad thing for creativity is being overwhelmed with too many ideas at once. Weigh your options, the pros & cons, organize, prioritize  and do a S.W.O.T analysis.

    In S.W.O.T, figure out your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. If you utilize this with with more creative thinking techniques it can help to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed with info can make anyone frustrated. So you have to calm down and take a different approach.

    If your focus is weak then the results will be weak or useless. The ability to direct your focus is an art. Creative work is the result of clarity and the expansion of focused intent.

    Sometimes looking at an idea from different angles can involve lateral thinking. Lateral thinking can spark creativity & improve other thinking skills. Lateral thinkers can change perceptions then come up with new concepts and ideas. Strategic Planning Services OF Clerical Business Solutions

    Lateral thinking involves the examination of a problem and its possible solutions from all angles. Many times you may get stuck and just feel like you’re not that creative. Sometimes that stems from being stuck in a habitual mode of thinking. Thinking in the same old way of doing things.Your same old thinking styles become automatic as the years go by. Sometimes you have to change old habits to develop new ideas.

    As a CEO, co-worker or manager be open to new ideas and give credit where credit is due. That may seem like a hard task for many, but not acknowledging where the creative ideas or solutions come from can create problems.

    Many times having an adequate solution to a problem may not be the best. With adequate ideas, figure out how to make them better. You need the best creative ideas. Many times the adequate stifles the best. When people have an “OK” solution or idea, they just stop right there and don’t go any further because of doubt. Sometimes you have to move past doubt to be more creative and move forward.

     
c
Compose new post
j
Next post/Next comment
k
Previous post/Previous comment
r
Reply
e
Edit
o
Show/Hide comments
t
Go to top
l
Go to login
h
Show/Hide help
shift + esc
Cancel