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The "First-to-Invent" Patent System and the Inventors Log Book

By Stephen Paul Gnass
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Basically, the log book is a very detailed diary of your progress. Write down everything you do, or think, that is related to your invention in your log book - including any library research, supplies you buy to make a model or sample, improvements, design changes, any quotes from manufacturers, and even mentioning it to someone. When you test your idea, include both positive and negative results. Include diagrams and layouts, any special procedures, etc.

Each time you write or add additional information in your log book - this is considered an "entry". Each entry should have a date and time. Each entry should be self explanatory which means that anyone reading it should be able to understand it without any assistance or explanations. Staple or tape any receipts, bills, or paperwork to the pages.

TIP: If you have had your idea for some time and have not been documenting any of your work to date, we recommend that you backtrack as far back as you can remember and include when you got the idea, when you started working on it, what you have done to date, and any specifics that you can recall. Look at old check stubs and receipts to help you remember exact dates. For example, if you purchased any supplies for your invention, you'll easily recognize the receipt, which has the date you purchased it as well as the store name. Then enter these details and receipts in your log book as evidence.


A good format to begin your log book and initially describe your invention is to answer the following questions in sequential order:

  • 1) What is the problem I am trying to solve?
  • 2) What is currently available to solve this problem?
  • 3) What is my solution and why is it better?

    Once you have described your invention, begin by answering the following questions about "future action steps":

  • 1) What action needs to be taken next on this project?
  • 2) When does this need to be completed by?
  • 3) What date do I need to follow-up and check my progress?

    Then be sure to mark your calendar with these deadlines so that you can make sure you are continuously working on your invention and are conducting the "due-diligence" requirements of the patent office.

    TIP: If you're a real detailed individual, and would like more extensive information about properly filling out an inventors log book, there is an entire book on this subject titled "Inventors Notebook" by Fred Grissom/David Pressman which is a complete guide to documenting your idea.

    Click Here to Read More and Buy It!.

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