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Failure to Conduct a Patent Search or Conduct a Proper One

Why This Mistake Will Hurt Your Business:

You could waste money on patent fees. Or worse, waste considerable time and resources on a product already patented and not be able to use it.

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Failure to Enforce Your Patent

Why This Mistake Will Hurt Your Business:

If you don’t enforce your patent, it makes it a lot harder to recover damages. There’s no “Patent Police,” so you need to make sure people aren’t using your patent (intentionally or otherwise) to preserve your rights.

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Failure to File a Timely Provisional Patent, Whether Early or Late

Why This Mistake Will Hurt Your Business:

If you file too early, your provisional patent could lapse. Too late and your patent could be defeated by others who filed. In other words, no timely filing could equal no patent.

Related mistakes : Failure to Patent Your Product
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Failure to Patent Your Product When Necessary

Why This Mistake Will Hurt Your Business:

If you don’t patent your product when necessary, you open yourself up to reverse engineering or someone stealing your product altogether.

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Failure to Understand When You Should and Shouldn't Get a Patent

Why This Mistake Will Hurt Your Business:

If you patent your product and you didn’t need to, you’re wasting a lot of money and also putting an unnecessary “expiration date” on the product. If you don’t patent but needed to, someone could steal your product and exploit it.

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