In this podcast interview, John D Smith, a successful inventor and author of the book Don’t File a Patent controversially advises inventors NOT to file a patent. His words are based on his personal experience of the US patent system when trying to get a patent for his Storm Stoppers Invention. His successful  Storm Stoppers Invention is still unpatented even after going through three Office rejections and spending almost $25,000 in re-filing fees to the Patent Office and fees to his former patent attorney.

John advises that inventors should invest their money in their products and customer service rather than patents. As well as sharing his experiences, he also gives valuable advice on how to protect your invention without spending a fortune.

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You can read more about John’s Book on his website Don’t File a Patent

Image below: John’s first invention Clever Covers which he talks about in the podcast

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Image below: A diagram from the book “Don’t File a Patent” showing the timeline between your invention idea and getting it to market.

Links Mentioned

Don’t File a Patent –
Storm-Stoppers The Plywood Alternative
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