Great Invention, Where’s the Patent?
Great inventions can be inspired from anywhere or anything and that is why a complete patent search is so important. Anyone can file for a new patent application but should conduct a thorough patent search to confirm their invention is not “prior art” before sending it in.
If an inventor fails to research their invention properly they could risk infringing on another patent. It is also important for an inventor to know about freedom to operate in each country they want to sell their product or idea. There are different regulations in every country and an inventor should protect their invention and themselves.
Great Invention, The Ostrich Nap Pillow
Take the “Ostrich Nap Pillow,” by Kawamur Ganjavian, for example. The Ostrich gives a person the ability to take a nap anywhere, at any time. It is designed and named for the way an ostrich sticks its head in the sand. It allows a person to put their head and hands into the gray micro environment for a quick power nap. The Ostrich is designed to reduce sound and light, to create a comfortable area at your desk for your mind, body, and soul.
It looks a little different, some say like a grey alien, but this is a great idea for sleep deprived workaholics. It is said that a power nap will rejuvenate you better than a cup of coffee, and who doesn’t want that? It may look silly and sound a little crazy, but a restful nap sounds like a great idea. So put your head and hands in and enjoy a moment of peace.
Where’s the Patent?
Like all inventions starting out, the inventor should have done a thorough patent search before sending in their new patent application. One of Noro IP’s analysts did a patent search on the Ostrich Pillow and did not find any patents listed to the inventor. This could mean the inventor did not file for a patent in the United States or failed to fill out the new patent application correctly. Hopefully the inventor did research to ensure that they did have freedom to operate, so later they are not found to infringe on a competitor’s patent.
March 15, 2012
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