Keep it simple!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Have you ever read something that speaks directly to you? I read such a thing a…

Watch the money!

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I recently co-presented a 3 hour seminar on intellectual property. The presentation helped make clear all the things inventors need to think about before deciding to file for a patent….

Don’t forget the product search!

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I’ve written before about the importance of a prior art search. First, an inventor should do a prior art search. Then the inventor should hire a professional prior art search…

What about the drawings?

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Takeaways: Drawings are required (for the most part) Multiple drawings showing multiple views of the invention are recommended Provisional application drawings are not required but are highly recommended Format for…

Utility patent or design patent?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Utility patent or design patent? Which one is right for you? When most people think about…

Build a job!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. People tend to think that their job search is limited to those that are advertised. That’s…

What’s the difference between a patent attorney and patent agent?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. What’s the difference between a patent attorney and patent agent? If you have an invention and…

Why do you want a patent?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Why do you want a patent? It’s a question I don’t think enough inventors think about….

What if I have new ideas after filing?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. You’ve written a provisional application. You now have 12 months to file a utility application. What…

Startup tips

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I have worked for a couple different startup companies. Having gone through that experience, I have…

Tips to pitch

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. You filed a provisional application. The clock has officially started. You now have 1 year to…

Beware of public disclosure

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. You have an invention idea and you want to patent it. Trouble is you don’t have…

One visit. That’s it!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I often read job search articles online. Not because I’m looking for a job, but because…

A sales job done poorly

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Since I started working for myself, I’ve attended seminars and workshops on…just about everything! Email marketing,…

Are quarterly emails for you?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I recently had consultant Amy Rasdal of Rasdal Associates and Billable at the Beach on my…

Want to be an entrepreneur? Ask these 3 questions

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I recently had Gregg Ward of the Gregg Ward Group on my podcast. I asked him…

When the time is right…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. “The company offers great health insurance benefits and a 401(k) match.” “I was planning on taking…

I love it!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. If you’ve read my previous posts, you may get the impression that I want everyone to…

I can’t do any better…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. “I can’t do any better.” “I can’t do any better.” “I can’t do any better.” If…

What do you want from life?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I’m going to start every blog post with the preceding sentence. You know why? Because it…

I’m scared…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. From last week, I offered an excuse we often give ourselves when we won’t leave a…

I don’t have skills…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Last week, I was scared. This week, I don’t have skills. That’s right. I don’t have…

I’m unmotivated…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Do you have things to do around the house that you just put off? Cut the…

SO says NO…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Imagine this scenario. You don’t like your job. You show up day after day hoping things…

My title and employer, though…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Person 1: “What do you do?” Person 2: “I’m a Senior Director of Product Management at…

The grass isn’t always greener…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Have you ever heard the expression, “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side?” When…

No one’s hiring…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. You’re sitting at the desk in your office. You’re bored out of your mind. You finished…

I tried but…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Last week, I wrote a post about staying at a job because no one’s hiring so…

But I get paid every 2 weeks…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. You may hate your job, but on the 1st and 15th, you hate it a little…

I hate interviewing…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Your hands are clammy. Your throat is dry. Your mind is racing. You’re seated in the…

How it all started…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I gave a speech yesterday at the San Diego County Fair. I talked about my life…

Networking be like…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Now that I work for myself, I go to a lot of networking events. I’m naturally…

Going it alone can be…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. For years, I worked in corporate America. It never occurred to me to go off on…

We need a meeting…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Have you ever been sitting in a meeting and wondered to yourself, “Why am I sitting…

Why you should blog…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. A couple of weeks ago, a piece I wrote for the San Diego Business Journal was…

Interviewing is like…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I hate interviewing. Interviewing probably ranks in my top five of least favorite activities. I know…

Why should we hire you?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I gave a speech on Thursday about my journey from corporate employee to independent worker. In…

Brainstorm meetings be like…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I was on LinkedIn recently, and I read a very funny post about meetings. It goes…

Fear forward!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Today, I want to write about death…well, not exactly. I recently attended a meeting of aspiring…

Down with performance reviews!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. How many of you enjoy performance reviews? Me neither. When I worked in corporate America, I…

Why I tout telecommuting

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I worked in a cubicle for most of my time in corporate America. Those three walls…

The virtues of volunteering

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Do you think that there’s a correlation between employee engagement and volunteerism? I don’t have any…

Why do you want a patent? Part 2

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Why do you want a patent? I asked this question last week. I had an answer…

3 issues that new entrepreneurs face

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. What are the main issues that newly minted entrepreneurs encounter? I have a podcast, Neil Thompson…