Do you spend an unheathy amount of time in your garage? Have you come up with a new .45 that shoots 2-inch groups at 400 yards? OK, bad example. Maybe you invented a new 9mm that weighs 2 oz, holds 15 rounds, fits in your palm and is only 1/2″ thick. Never mind the implications of violating the laws of physics, you need to make sure no one steals your million dollar design. The Firearm Blog posts part one of an informative intro to the patent process written by “Your Patent Friend,” a practicing IP attorney. And yes, it has 11 footnotes and legal disclaimers at the end (sigh). You know what they call 100,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean, don’t you? A good start.