An "omnibus patent" is defined herein as a patent having much detail in the specification, providing the basis for multiple continuation patents. It can be used to pursue a financial strategy as well as a patent strategy. Individual inventors are usually scraping for cash to file needed patents; the long tail of an omnibus patent provides time to attract interest and generate funding support. These can be applied to a strategy to create a substantial patent portfolio centered on a central inventive idea. This path may be the only one available to an individual inventor having limited financial means, to capitalize fully on a substantial new technical contribution.
February 14, 2011
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