About the Inventioneers Patent Scholarship

For those of you new to our program, we are the Inventioneers, a non-profit public charity. We began as a FIRST® LEGO® League
(FLL®) team back in 2004 and had amazing success in that program (we still need to pinch ourselves every once in a while).
We were the four time NH State FLL® Champions and in April of 2010, we earned the Champions Award at the FLL® World Festival
in Atlanta, GA.

We have a utility patent pending at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Important Announcement:

Program Re-Launch Coming Fall 2016!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Inventioneers Expand "Obviousness" Tip

Who decides what ideas are "obvious"?  Well, it could be the USPTO and/or the courts.  This is an interesting sticking point.  One problem is what's called a "hindsight bias".  Wow, that sounds complicated.  Well, all it means is that after someone explains an idea to you, guess what, it seems obvious!  BUT, was it obvious before it was explained to you?  Which came first, the chicken or the egg.  Here this dilemma explained in a journal article:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Is Your Invention "Non-Obvious"?

The second patentability test requires that your invention must be "non-obvious".  This test requires a high degree of objectivity which is not always easy for an inventor. The official explanation for non-obviousness is that "a person having ordinary skill in the art"* would not be able to easily figure out the same solution your invention presents.

*a fictional person who is considered to have the normal skills and knowledge in a particular technical field, without being a genius (Wikipedia)

The following explanation might help you understand this test.  Check out this example of an invention that failed the "obviousness" test:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Inventioneers' Quote of the Day

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." 

- Thomas Edison