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About Steve Sponseller
Since I was five years old, I have enjoyed learning how things work. I also love creating things – from Lego® spaceships to designing computer systems.
When I was a kid, I liked to take things apart to learn how they worked. Then, I would try to put them back together to better understand how they operated. Usually, I was given broken appliances and other items to disassemble. One day, when I had run out of broken items, I took apart my mom’s brand-new vacuum cleaner; she was not happy about that! Fortunately, my dad was an engineer, so he saved me and reassembled the vacuum cleaner (and it still worked).
My passion for learning new things led me to work as an electrical engineer and an intellectual property attorney. Today, I help technology companies of all sizes foster and protect valuable inventions.
During the past 20 years, I am grateful to have worked with hundreds of technology companies and more than 1000 inventors. I’ve had fun working with autonomous vehicles, video games, robots, and artificial intelligence. I have worked with all types of businesses – from small startups to large corporations, including Intel, HP, Microsoft, and eBay. I also enjoy writing about intellectual property and innovation. My articles have been featured in Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post, and other publications.
I love being part of the creative process and helping companies thrive in their marketplace by identifying, developing, and protecting cutting-edge inventions. A great day for me includes brainstorming with a group of inventors and business leaders to discuss the exciting technology changes coming in the next few years.
My books are written based on experiences with all kinds of businesses and the lessons learned from hundreds of business leaders and thousands of inventors.
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You invest significant time, money, and effort developing new products and services. That means lots of late nights and missed family activities to perfect these inventions. You and your team are doing important work. Your inventions can make vehicles safer, get vaccines to patients faster, and provide improved teaching systems for kids.
You want to protect those inventions just like you would any other valuable business asset. Patents provide a way to protect the inventions in your new products and services. Patents covering critical inventions in your industry provide a competitive edge during the life of the patent.
In my experience, many companies do not understand the patent process and fail to properly protect inventions that are critical to the company’s success.
That’s why I created the three-step system described in this book. The system has been tested with hundreds of companies of all sizes in a variety of industries. It’s the same system I use every day with my own clients.