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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

So, if you have invented something and you publish it, meaning you have a blueprint of it, a quite detailed explanation of what the invention is, if it goes on the internet, right, to anywhere where someone like you could find it, that’s a publication. A published document publication. And so, that will start a one-year window. So, let’s say that blueprint had been published on January 1st, 2022. By January 1st, 2023, any publication information, the invention itself has been on the internet and available, will be ineligible for filing, right? It’s already a part of the public domain. So, that one-year rule is an absolute stickler, and if it’s been out there for that long or longer, you’re not going to be able to file a patent on it, okay? But certainly, you would have any rights that may be there with the artistic copyright privileges and the common law that applies there. Hopefully, it’s been less than a year, and if it hasn’t, get a hold of us. Click the link above. Let’s help you get protected if it’s been less than a year.

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at