It's 2010: Do You Know Where Your New Ideas Will Come From this Year?
Roger Maxwell can walk and talk today because of a patent application, and the curious thing is that the patent application that saved him wasn't even
Six months after he was married at age 49, Maxwell - a patent attorney - suffered a stroke which left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak, except
for two-syllable words. He credits searching published patent applications, which are all public records, with his discovery of supplements and
techniques that helped him recover. After his recovery, he wrote Taking Charge of Your Stroke Recovery: A Personal Recovery Workbook (
www.rogermaxwell.com), which included some of the programs and techniques he learned from researching patents.
"In looking at patents, I discovered the secrets of supplements, like Omega 3s, that boosted my body's ability to heal itself," he said. "After two years of
physical therapy, yoga and supplements - and after being told I would never walk or speak normally again - I found myself running a marathon and
starting a business as a motivational speaker. After that experience, I thought if the secrets hidden in patent applications could help me recover from a
stroke, imagine what it could do for people looking for new ideas not only for their own lives, but also for business and innovation."
Along his road to recovery, Maxwell learned that patent applications are a hidden repository of the next big ideas that will hit the market and change
our lives. There is a vast amount of information available through these applications, and the good news, according to Maxwell, is that they are all
public records and free.
"There is no way," he noted, "that anyone can â€˜infringe' a patent application that has not received final approval from a technical expert. When
people file for patents, they have to make the case for why their idea is so unique that it deserves a patent, and that includes any testing or studies to
support their claims. Many of them and much of what they say