In today's video we talk about first to file, mailing yourself a copy of your invention notes, and how the current patent law affects that practice.
I talk on provisional patents and whether it's a good idea to file it yourself.
Why is doesn't SpaceX patent their technology? Its a business case. We will explore when to patent and when to avoid it.
Up until March 16, 2013, the US was the lone holdout for the first-to-invent system. Prior to that, it was tribal knowledge that if you invented something, you could write down a description of the invention, put it in an envelope, mail it back to yourself, and hang on to that sealed envelope as proof that you were the true inventor. OK- it takes a lot more than that to actually own intellectual property rights, but it was a good start and it actually had legal effect.