http://centralcoastpatent.com/resources/ Don Boys of Central Coast Patent Agency talks about the heart of an invention. This is very important to understand before writing a patent application.
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Understanding the Heart of Your Invention is part of a series of videos about “How to write and file a patent application”. They are created and produced by Don Boys in his firm at Central Coast Patent Agency (CCPA). They are located in Santa Cruz CA, not too far from Silicon Valley.
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#2 Heart of Invention. This video is a part of Step 2 of the fourteen-step procedure of Patent Rights Restored, to prepare and file a non-provisional patent application, and teaches how to understand and state the Heart of your invention.
The starting point if you wish to author a good patent application is to examine your invention to find its Heart. And every invention has a heart.
Every invention also is a solution to a problem or an unmet need. You first encountered the problem or the need, and perhaps you lived with it for a time. Then you imagined how to solve the problem or meet the need. The thing about your invention that makes the solution possible is the Heart of your invention.
Here’s a first example. Albert Cabassa of Morgan Hill California is an electrical contractor. He put up with tangled wire from over-running horizontal reels for years. In an inventive moment he realized the problem was that the reels were mounted on horizontal axels, and when he stopped pulling, the reel didn’t stop turning.
This is a figure from Albert Cabassa’s US Patent 8413824 issued in April 2013. He made a folding wire caddy with vertical posts so the reels always weigh against a surface, which stops the reel when he stops pulling.
The heart of this invention is the vertical orientation of posts, providing friction to the reels.
Here’s a second example. To really get a good result after washing your new car it took a good deal of work with a set of chamois cloths. Inventor Don Varner looked around for an alternative. He tried wipers like windshield wiper blades, but car bodies are curved, and the blades didn’t work on the curves.
Don Varner realized that if he could build a long blade with considerable height, especially with a flexible handle, the blade could be used around angles and curves.
The HEART of the invention is the height of the flexible blade. A flexible handle and shape on the end of the blade help, too, but it is the height that solved the problem. Several patents have issued to One-Pass Water Blades for this breakthrough.
To finish step 2, first, compose a paragraph that describes the Problem that led to your idea for an invention.
Secondly, compose a concise description of the one difference that enables your invention to solve this problem. This is the heart of your invention.
Include at least sketches if you can in the description of the heart of your invention.
Save these descriptions and sketches as computer files for later use. This will be very important as you go through the steps to follow to prepare your non-provisional patent application to file.
Now go back to the navigation guide and select Step #3, for determining if your invention is patentable subject matter.