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Can I Patent an Idea or Do I Need a Product Prototype?

By August 12, 2021
Rich Goldstein

Rich Goldstein

Rich Goldstein is the Principal Patent Attorney at Goldstein Patent Law. He has been in practice for over 25 years and has become an authority in intellectual property rights protection, particularly those relating to patents and trademarks.

Rich is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), American Bar Association (ABA) Law Practice Division, New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA), and Licensing Executives Society (LES). He is also the author of the book, The ABA Consumer Guide to Obtaining a Patent.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Is it enough to have an idea or do you need a product prototype when you’re applying for a patent?
  • Rich Goldstein talks about the information and materials you should have if you’re going to apply for a patent
  • How do clients know if their invention is patentable?
  • Rich discusses whether people look for similar products that already exist early on
  • When should you consider patenting a product?

In this episode…

Imagine yourself applying for a patent. You can probably picture yourself walking into the patent office, prototype in hand, and ready to showcase your invention in front of a panel. But is that really how patent applications play out? What does the process look like in reality?

Rich Goldstein, an esteemed patent lawyer, is ready to guide you through the process of applying for your patent. Successfully securing over 2,000 patents for his clients over the years has earned him the expertise and know-how needed to guarantee that your fantasy becomes a fact. There’s a lot to lose and everything to gain with the patent process — are you ready to start?

Tune in to this episode of Innovations and Breakthroughs as Rich Goldstein sits down with Dr. Jeremy Weisz of Rise25 Media about the patent application requirements. Rich discusses how things work at the patent office, strategies for presenting your invention, and the answer to the all-important question, “do you really need a prototype to be granted the patent?”

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Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by Goldstein Patent Law, a firm that helps protect inventors’ ideas and products. They have advised and obtained patents for thousands of companies over the past 25 years. So if you’re a company that has a software, product, or design you want protected, you can go to They have amazing free resources for learning more about the patent process.

You can email their team at [email protected] to explore if it’s a match to work together. Rich Goldstein has also written a book for the American Bar Association that explains in plain English how patents work, which is called ‘The ABA Consumer Guide to Obtaining a Patent.’