In this guest episode, patent lawyer Rich Goldstein stops by to chat about:
- Amazon IP
- how to protect your Seller Central account
- how to patent an idea
- the difference between trademarks, utility and design patents
- how to deal with Amazon IP claims
- doing patent searches, and more.
- He has given critical advice to more than 10,000 inventors, and has obtained nearly 2,000 patents for his clients (via his law practice, here).
- Before you start selling, do a patent search (Google Patents, attorney help, etc.).
- If you've been publicly selling your product in-market for 1 year or more, you can no longer patent it.
- Register a trademark to gain access to Amazon Brand Registry. Easier if it's an "arbitrary" word.
- Forget about doing a patent yourself.
- The most defensible IP on Amazon = Design Patents (unlike the rest of the world, where Utility Patents rule).
- Decide if IP protection is right for you early on. If it is, pursue it. If it's not, forget about it and pursue your business.