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KISSPatent Patent Community, where you can learn about patents and turn your ideas into profit!

KISSPatent Community

Learn more about patents and turn your ideas into profit!


How to get the most out from our Community

Our Community offers three things: resources, tests & quizzes and personal consultation options. 


Who can file a patent? What can be patented? How to prepare a patent application? How the patent application works? What is a provisional patent?

Why patents are business assets? What benefits you have with patents? How can you raise funds with patents? How can you enter new markets with patents?

How can you plan your patent application? How can patents help you stand out from the crowd? How can patents impact your sales and business performance?

We collected our videos where we share our knowledge around anything patent related under 2-minutes. Worth to visit, we have almost a hundred videos!

We receive many questions from our customers on patents. We collect the most popular ones and answer them publicly here within our Question of the Week series.

We have numerous ebooks that can help you on the road. We collect all of them here for you in our ebook library, where you can download them directly.

When to file for a patent?

Like everything in life, when it comes to filing a patent application, when you need to file is everything. And as startups well know, time can quickly run out.

So when you should you file for a patent?

Not too late

There are rules about filing patents. If you wait too long, then you can be blocked by the US Patent and Trademark Office from getting a patent.

Publishing your idea before you file can be the biggest block. In most countries, you must file before your publish your idea.

In the US, you can publish your idea up to one year before you file. After that – too late!

What does it mean to publish your idea? Any publicly available information about your idea is a publication.

So websites, TED talks, online videos, articles in newspapers and magazines are all publications.

Selling your idea – for example in the form of an app – is also a publication.

Don’t let the one year clock run out on your idea – get started today!

But you also shouldn’t file too early?

I personally see this a lot – entrepreneurs with a great idea who rush to file a patent – and then realize that it doesn’t protect their business.

Or it may not even protect their idea, after they work on the idea and refine it. Ideas do evolve and change; be certain that the idea that you protect is the idea that you want.

For example, Twitter started life as a side project in a company devoted to podcasting. Clearly if they had focused their patent portfolio on podcasting, it would not have been useful to them today. Their current portfolio includes multiple patents and patent applications which are focused on their business.

How to avoid filing too early? Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you know who your idea will help?
  2. Do you know how your idea will work?
  3. Do you have a basic design concept for your idea?

If the answer to all three questions is yes, then you may be ready for a patent!

Find out whether your idea is patent-worthy.

Your idea valuation depends on your timing

To really protect your idea with a patent, you shouldn’t file too early or too late.