Will a Poor Man’s Patent Protect My Idea?

On occasion I receive telephone calls from inventors from Orlando or other Central Florida cities asking about the protection of a “poor man’s patent.”  Although this myth has been debunked the perception still exists that patent protection is obtained by placing the description of your invention in an envelope and mailing it to yourself.  This is not true, and the dated envelope has no evidentiary value in any court or at the Patent Office.

To preserve the “date of conception” for your invention tools such as an inventor’s log book detailing the history of your endeavor are much more valuable.

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