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Patent engineers are law professionals who assist in the preparation of patent filings. Patent attorneys often have a group of Patent Engineers on staff. Many Patent Engineers have technical degrees.
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01 Profiting from your inventions 101 (How to file a patent)
the patent process
02 What is an invention?
novelty, patentable subject matter
03 How do patents protect your rights to an invention?
rights, enforcement
04 Why use an Inventor's Logbook
why it is important to keep one
05 How to keep an Inventor's Logbook
guidelines and tips
06 Copyrights, trademarks and patents.
is one better than the other
07 What does a patent look like?
embodiments, claims etc.
08 Which countries should I file my patent in?
usually in more than one country
09 How much time and money to file in?
legal fees, time taken
10 How do I collect royalties off my patents?
11 Search for prior art
resources and databases
12 Your responsibilities
and your attorney's responsibilities
A Case study: a patent (part 1)
a patent dissected
B Case study: a patent (part 2)
a patent dissected
C 10 Simple Inventions
used all over the world!
D Tips for Inventors
pitfalls and hints
E How to Invent
(Anyone can be an inventor!)

how to start inventing
F The patent process
the formal patent process
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How do I collect royalties off my patents?

The important thing to realize is that you need to actively enforce your patents. The law generally does not consider patent infringement to be a criminal matter. Criminal offences are automatically prosecuted by the state, for example by a public prosecutor.

Patent infringements are treated as a civil matter.This means that you need to actively look our for patent infringers and file lawsuits against them. Enforcing your patent rights is your responsibility.

To effectively make money off your patents, you will need to market your invention to companies who will have use for it. You will also need to sign royalty agreements with these companies and collect your royalties. Some inventors set up companies to do this.

You will also need to have a means of suing patent infringers. This involves a fair amount of time and effort, and of course money. For this reason, some patents are economically unprofitable even if they are useful. For example, an electrical socket adapter invention may be extremely useful and take the market by storm, but if it is impossible to stop the thousands of small manufacturers who may illegally manufacture copies, then the economic value of the patent is questionable.

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