The K-cup story

Many years ago, John Sylvan had an idea: provide a hermetically-sealed, compact cartridge containing a filter and enough ground coffee to brew a single serving in a specially designed brewer. After the freshly brewed coffee was delivered, the remaining carcass would simply be discarded without fuss or muss. Sylvan’s brilliant idea came to him in […]

The $64,000 Innovation Question

What do Yahoo, telecommuting and intellectual property legal services have in common? At first glance, the popular answer may be “Absolutely nothing.” But those three seemingly unrelated topics might actually have a profound effect on your business and the quality of your intellectual property legal representation. Yahoo made some waves last month by issuing an […]

Can I Patent That?

A question I frequently get from prospective clients is, “Is my invention patentable?” Variations on this inquiry include the following: • “Can I patent an improvement to a device that is already available?” • “Is it correct that in order for something to be patentable, it has to be at least 10 percent different than […]

Clash of the tax and retail titans

Since I counsel a lot of online businesses, including online retailers, I am often asked about the sales tax implications of online sales. Generally speaking, the answer is pretty easy: If you are a Colorado business and sell goods to individuals residing in Colorado, then you have to collect Colorado sales tax and the appropriate […]

Is InventSAI breaking the law?

Originally Posted 8/8/07 The post is wholly one attorney’s opinion and in no way states the opinion of the firm, or attempts to establish any facts. Today I learned that an Invention Promotion Company, InventSAI, may not be fulfilling their required duty, by law, of disclosing the profitability of companies using their services. In fact, […]


Originally Posted 8/6/07 written by Kurt Leyendecker OK, for thos of you who don’t know me by now should realize that I’m sarcastic. Hence, the title of this blog article. Addtionally, it would be remiss of me if I failed to say sorry. I’m sorry that we’ve been absent from posting any recent blogs – […]

Kudos to Advent Product Development!!!

Originally Posted 5/14/07 Between Oct 1, 1998 and Dec 6, 2004, they had a perfectly imperfect record! That is, of 2452 people that signed Phase II representation Agreements, NO ONE, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE made more money than they gave to Advent Product Development! The beauty is this is the number the company itself presented in […]

Updated InventHelp Success Numbers

Originally Posted 3/17/07 This is direct from the InventHelp Website: “From 2004-2006, we signed Submission Agreements with 6,269 clients. As a result of our services, 108 clients have received license agreements for their products, and 15 clients have received more money than they paid us for these services.” See Not much different from the […] in Temporary Receivership

Originally Posted 2/24/07 The Patent and Trademark Insitute of America, the company behind, is in Temproary Receivership as reported at the top of their website and ordered by the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee in the matter of FTC v. International Product Design, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:97-cv-01114-AVB . It appears the FTC is […]

Invention Promotion Companies: Response to an Anonymous Comment to my December Post

Originally Posted 2/23/07 An anonymous reader wrote the following in response to my blog article about the poor success of Davison and InventHelp, two of the more well known Invention Promotion Companies. I felt his response desired a response from me. Read my article, his comment and my response thereto and draw your own conclusions. […]