Starter-Kit & IP SAVVYS overview - FREE (no CC/no charge)

Everything you need for Utility Patenting.

All in one place.

  • Learn from David Charles Schwartz* how to avoid FOARs (Fatal Office Action Rejections) BEFORE filing
  • For InnovatorPatent Counsel, all IP hunters in between  
  • Everything you need is in my book IP SAVVYS and the IP-BC course LEVELS 
  • Read my book, take my IP-BC course, change your IP conversation, & save up to 70% on the patent spend

New Book:

"Utility Patenting for IP SAVVYS"

*Schwartz (see "about us") has not only  released the 3rd version of IP-BC, he has published his new book to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA). The 216pp book with illustrations is a complementary resource to IP-BC. In PART I it shares a complete non-legal description of the Manual for Patent Examination Procedures and in PART II it shows how to use the Schwartz Method to change your patenting conversation. For both patent counsel and innovators, use it with any IP-BC course LEVEL to boost your learning outcomes. IP SAVVYS is now released on all publishing platforms in softcover, hardcover, and eBook formats.

Click the red link  to buy just the book from our publishers store (eBOOK 9.95, Softcover $29.95).

Click the blue link to get your advanced copy as a pdf along with IP-BC/ENTRY(remember, ENTRY includes the Full FOARs Starter-Kit).

Book Review (by innovator):

“Dave, I have carefully read your book cover to cover, and I want to tell you that it was an amazing read. It was very clear, well written and organized and extremely informative. Most importantly, it gave me a sense of empowerment, where I was previously feeling overwhelmed. That value cannot be measured. I am now working to finish the IP BoostCamp online course. I learned the fundamental principle of TSM, The Schwartz Method, is to work on the patent draft at the same time as developing our preferred embodiment. Since we have published, I now have less than one year to file my patent. I'll be giving your book to my main teammate and co-inventor this week so we can both get on the same page. You have resolved an initial concern I had with our internal counsel, who sent me a very early request for an invention disclosure. At the time, I thought, how could anyone truly understand the invention with the limited information they were looking for? After reading IP SAVVYS,  your TSM framework made so much more sense for developing our invention disclosure. I am so grateful to have found this resource along my patenting journey. Now, by becoming the IP champion at my company, I also have access to IPBC/Advanced-Practitioner and can credential my team mates and get us all into the IP-zone together. The book is a great tool, but in combination with the course truly amazing.”

IP SAVVYS eBook $9.95, Softcover $29.95 USD Advanced copy of IP SAVVYS & IP-BC/ENTRY $49.95 USD

The only patenting course you'll need.

Not taught in law school.

IP-BC is the 3rd version of this one of a kind utility patenting course. Schwartz explains in a simple, logical, non-legalese way how "the pathway to patenting" is a walk down the IP corridor of uncertainty, explaining which doors will you open, when, and with who. As CEO of a high tech company, innovator, or IP counsel,  you will want to arm your team of IP hunters  with the IP-BC SAVVY approach.

Harvest inventions

For all IP hunters 

  • Use "invention disclosure forms" promising patents
  • Rush patents to "the altar" without de-risking them first 
  • Harvest inventions as part of development
  • Keep trade secrets until filing
  • De-risk withThe Schwartz Method (TSM)

Do It Almost All Yourself (DIAAY)

  • Avoid expensive misunderstandings
  • STOP the arguments
  • Save up to 70% of your patent spend

Learn how to de-risk FOARs and self-manage your pathway to patentship

Get your team IP SAVVY.  De-risk for & AVOID FOARS BEFORE filing with TSM. 

The Schwartz Method is based on his over 30 years* pro se drafting, prosecuting, & licensing a global portfolio of Utility Patents with Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA). Go with a Starter-Kit , IP-BC/ENTRY, or explore further using our LMS below to find the advanced LEVEL that is aligned with your IP role and tasking.

*David Schwartz, serial inventor, entrepreneur, inventor of TSM, IP-BC course creator, & IP SAVVYS book author

Free FOARs Starter-kit Full FOARs Starter-Kit $19.95 IP SAVVYS book $29.95 IP SAVVYS & IP-BC/ENTRY $49.95

Which LEVEL of IP-BC is right for us?

If these 3 vignettes resonate, there is an IP-BC LEVEL for you.

Vignette #1 - Romeo & Juliet

In TAKE1, picture Romeo and Juliet. However, in this version, imagine yourself as either innovator or patent counsel, where you take IP-BC's Orgitol potion. It gives you both new life as IP savvy partners, singing the same utility patenting language. Will you take the potion & share IP-BC's Universal Patenting Language (UPL) to get equally organized, be  mutually understood, and take the crown?

Vignette #2 - Coming to America

In TAKE2, picture Coming to America. However, in this version, picture yourself as either the immigrant with your own unique language or as the immigration officer, offering a pathway to citizenship. Not only which language will you share to achieve your goals...what citizenship values will you learn? Will you choose IP-BC's "patent speak" along with it’s complete set of UP Guiding Principles (GP) to achieve your pathway to PATENTSHIP.

Vignette #3 - The Argument Room


In TAKE3, you enter Monty Python's argument room, except in this version, each room has someone from your IP hunt running it . . . from patent counsel, to a cohort, to the Patent Examiner. And instead of arguments, you change each IP conversation into a collaborative dialogue.

See your IP future with 20-20 hindsight -  select the green tab to get started or use the blue tabs to explore & decide.

Ready? Choose your LEVEL & follow the lead of others Roles TSM FOARs Bene's Testimonials LEVELS FAQ's TOP

Role and Point of View

Your role: IP-BC enables every one to be IP SAVVY from

  • Patent counsel (legal) to

  • Innovator, CEO, owner (commercial)

As an innovator with an extensive utility patenting track record (see Schwartz)*, I share my hard earned patenting lessons in my new book and our set of MPEP compliant course LEVELS. Our sole focus is keeping Preferred-Embodiments Trade Secrets and drafting airtight Utility Patents with Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA). We do not take on IP clients or compete with patent counsel in any manner. We do not cover TM's, Copyrights or other types of IP.

Get Patents w/SCA. IP-BC is the only utility patenting course you will ever need

  • IP hunters, choose a LEVEL suited to their role/tasking and contribute to a >70% cost reduction in the IP spend
  • IP attorneys: take IP-BC/Patent Counsel Edition (PCE) to certify and finally get your clients organized
  • VC's and Business Developers, encourage your clients to get IP SAVVY - become AFFILIATEs
Get Started: Utility Patenting for IP SAVVYS & IP-BC/ENTRY for only $49.00 USD

* The Schwartz

Serious about patents?

We were too.

I spent the last 35 years on a journey down the "IP corridor of uncertainty" . . . opening every door inventing, drafting, filing, prosecuting, & licensing a portfolio of global utility patents.

David Schwartz, serial inventor, entrepreneur, & course author shares The Schwartz Method (TSM), "secret sauce",  for securing airtight patents: "I secured over $40m in royalty bearing sales, on 250 non-infringed claims, across a diverse set of inventions, using my TSM/BBT patent de-risking method".

Turn what you have into what you protect.

Origin of TSM & BBT

Born of Trial & Error

I developed The Schwartz Method (TSM) and  Big Bang Theory (BBT) of IP capitalization re-working and perfecting my method as "a matter of life or death" on dozens of  pro sea utility patents, across diverse subject matter.  In BBT, we go back in time and start at T=-5 . Then we work forward to the key event, Notice of Allowance @ T=0, when the “world begins”. It is the sequence of events we use to integrate TSM with the product development life cycle.

I filed globally, prosecuted my applications to issue, and licensed for royalty bearing sales. My best patents were de-risked from Fatal Office Action Rejections (FOARs) BEFORE I documented my method!  

My promise: Using IP-BC, IP hunters like yourselves can create and and draft high quality SCA patents during product development, all at the lowest cost. 

Fatal Rejections (FOARs)

Understand FOARs

Dominoes set in motion

  • Black dominoes: Invent-Draft-File
  • . . . wait for Office Actions
  • Red dominoes: get the FOARs VERDICT
  • Will the chips stay black and fall in your favor?

It all depends on whether you de-risked for FOARs BEFORE filing and CLAIMED RIGHT FIRST TIME.

Rejections on (101) patentability, (102) novelty, (103) unobviousness come first. Rejections for specification, definiteness, and best mode enablement (111,112,113) will kill you. When everyone understands this, you're well on the way to changing your IP conversation.

Get started today.  Use the full Starter-Kit that shares my FOARs insights, the complete IP SAVVYS book (Part-1&2), & IP-BC/ENTRY for a one-time payment of $49.00 

Get Started: Full FOARs Starter-Kit, Utility Patenting for IP SAVVYS (PART-1 & 2), & IP-BC/ENTRY for only $49.00 USD

Why does any of this matter? Because it's not First-To-Invent, it’s First-To-File!

CLAIMING turned Upside-Down

THEN it was F-T-I , NOW it's F-T-F :  

  • THEN: Before America Invents Act (BAIA), it was First-To-Invent: Patents were filed with specifications but NO CLAIMS...they were "perfected" with new matter. Provisional claims sought priority on the date of conception.
  • NOW: After America Invents Act (AAIA), it's FIRST-TO-FILE: Getting your patent applications airtight, right-the-first-time, specifying & claiming the Preferred Embodiment, unambiguously, without adding new matter, avoiding FOARs in the final patent draft.

Embrace David's story 

“Rude vs Kind Awakening”

Myths or facts? Things everyone agreed on & the truth about office action rejections

(1) Everyone agreed it was essential to get patents with Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA)

SCA patents have true asset value because they are de-risked from FATAL Rejections BEFORE filing. They publish with clean File Wrappers. 

(2) At the same time, everyone's IP conversation was a little different.  They had different, sometimes conflicting beliefs & IP GOALS for the purpose of SCA patents 

(3) IP hunters were ill prepared for the Rude Awakening of FOARs after filing.


Everyone wanted patents to issue quickly and cleanly. CEO's expected them to offer sustainable differentiation, finance wanted predictable on budget spends, Innovators were challenged to create and pick the right Preferred-Embodiment (P-E), R&D/Engineering was expected to perfect the P-E at the lowest cost, IP Counsel was tasked to get monopoly rights, Product Marketing had to sort out the competitive landscape, and BusDev was charged with selling the "must haves". Conflicting objectives?

My awakening...would be patent owners could not align the team into the IP zone, explain how to secure SCA patents without embedded flaws, and connect on mutually agreeable objectives. They had no common IP language to address the issues with patent counsel. Worse, they had no real understanding of the true risk of FATAL patent office rejections during prosecution...not how to anticipate them or how to avoid them. And, all too often, they did not understand the scope of their issued claims (i.e. their monopoly rights).

Ill constructed Patents "rushed to the altar" showed every flaw in their prosecution File Wrapper. If not outright abandoned, they were weak in scope, easy to work around, and handily invalidated. A patent prosecution wrought with “potholes” resulted in expensive patents with little or no value. 

KIND AWAKENINGS were possible! Patent flaws that killed SCA COULD actually BE AVOIDED with my repeatable claim de-risking method...TSM offered an "engineering discipline" for integrating patent drafting with product development, turning utility patenting from an ART ( or worse an After Thought) to a SCIENCE. Further, IP-BC enabled all IP hunters to get into the IP-ZONE together.


De-risk patent claims with TSM - Get one of the Starter-Kits Get Starter-Kit, IP-BC/ENTRY & Utility Patenting for IP SAVVYs $49.00 USD


Benefit: SCA patents

At lowest cost - highest quality

  • Preparation fees running $5,000 - $25,000 
  • Prosecution doubling preparation fees
  • Fatal Rejections & abandonments 

Lost time, questionable protection? ... Reduce total IP cost to publish by >70%.

Saving this much depends on getting everyone IP SAVVY, from CEO to innovators, with IP-BC. 

Benefit: The Village Effect

Common language vs Tower of Babel 

  • When everyone , from inventor to CEO we’re  "IP-Savvy", then
  • Patent apps popped out of the product roadmap
  • IP hunters used different tool kit components 
  • All contributed to lowering IP costs

They used TSM with BBT to integrate patenting into their Product Life Cycle. They were First-To-File (F-T-F) SCA patents on product delivery. They got critical differentiation and increased value.

Benefit: Shared Goals

"Got IP-zone"?

  • Even though each of their IP GOALS differed, 
  • By sharing the IP-zone, ALL "roles & titles", especially CEO found common ground
  • ...and TSM worked for ALL Subject Matter classifications with it's 85%-15% rule

IP hunters can take any LEVEL and upgrade as needed. Delivered in language everyone understands, BBT/TSM has tools for every IP role/task.

Benefit: IP lessons in plain English 

Using easily understood graphical metaphors & epiphany's

  • Is T=0 Notice Of Allowance (NOA) a "light-switch" ?
  • Do you "Turn on NOA" & mint money. NO! Why not?
  • Epiphany: You have to "walk the talk" backwards to understand how to turn on that light switch

The course is delivered in readily understood language - not legalese.  "The Schwartz Method (TSM)" is clearly sequenced in a step-by-step, “how to” de-risk from FOARs blueprint that begins with the market-entry end in mind. BBT is your method to integrate patent drafting with product development.


Endorsement from Bob Norton

Creator of CEO Boot Camp and why CEO's are choosing IP-BC's TSM



What students are saying:

  • A concise method to de-risk your patent process. A comprehensive and thoughtful utility patenting course.
  • I love it. Excellent. Having learned from structured teachers or teachers who teach with metaphor and structure, I think this program is great. Finally, somebody knows how to use metaphor and structured graphics to explain the patent system.
  • Years ago I downloaded a copy of the Manual for Patent Examining Procedures, and found it very heavy going in trying to try to understand the process of citing the operative structure of a patent. I found those concepts buried in civil service gobbledygook. Now, with the America Invents Act, everything's changed. This course helps me walk through the MPEP and understand the new rules. 
  • Wow! This is almost like boot camp. At least your're explaining it; there's no guessing. 
  • I wish I had this training back in 1970 I was doing consulting work for people; inventing things as well as inventing my own stuff. Eventually I had a hand all my work off to a patent attorney... I never owned anything. All I can say now is thanks to to the author of this program. 



Patent quality/speed:

A company that was receiving substantial legal invoices from their IP counsel for services they did not entirely understand. Applying TSM to the software patent draft application, they "rewrote" it with counsel, carrying the burden of doing the revised draft by themselves. Together they converted an airtight UCD to a UC patent application(UCPA). The revised, MPEP compliant application was filed with a better chance of getting SCA, while saving thousands of dollars in both immediate and risky downstream legal expenses.

A licensing obligation: 

A start-up company used TSM to reverse engineer and analyze an issued patent they were being "forced" to pay royalties on. They deconstructed the published claims usingTSM and analyzed the Examiner's actions in the File Wrapper. By applying TSM to "re-read" the allowed specification, they were able to identify critical antecedent reference gaps for the issued claims...the university agent had expanded the scope of the claims with an amendment after filing that WAS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE SPEC...a no-no. Successfully showing their licensor that the patent was invalid, they secured a release from the university. Using the prior art, they secured their own SCA patent and were then able to sell their start-up for over 10 million dollars.

IP SAVVYS book & IP-BC Course Basics

Why I wrote the book & teach this course

We get you to the IP ZONE & accelerate you down the learning curve

When it comes to patenting, there's a lot of information out there.

Where to look? Who to trust? Where does IP SAVVYS & IP-BC fit in?  

  • IP-BC is the utility patenting course NOT TAUGHT IN LAW SCHOOL.
  • My new IP SAVVYS book is the best "pre-read" to learn what you don't know as a complement to the course.
  • TSM is the DNA of SCA patents. BBT is the journey. Learn TSM/BBT and  you will understand patents from the “inside-out”. Change your IP conversation, file cost effective, airtight,  and get them right the first time.
  • Secure utility patents with Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA). SCA patents avoid Fatal Office Action Rejections (FOARs) BEFORE filing, and publish with clean File Wrappers.
  • The book and course provide detailed outlines for every LEVEL allowing you to get all IP hunters IP Savvy, together.

In the world of rule explanations and patent training, a lot more is said than done. Read IP SAVVYS, then take IP-BC to get everyone into the IP ZONE with your IP. There is a LEVEL for every role/title/tasking from CEO to innovator/inventor.

BBT is unifying model

It joins R&D with BusDev

  • Ties R&D to BusDev at T=0
  • Aligns product introduction w/patent filing
  • TSM ensures SCA patents
  • Enables repetitive iteration in product life-cycle

Optimize your IP workflow, prioritize your P-E's, and build your SCA patent portfolio. If it's worth doing once, do it again! 


De-risk's FOARs

This is how we do it

Integrate TSM/BBT with product development. Stop filing as an after-thought with our blueprint:

  • Enable, Novel & Obvious (1,2,3)
  • Focus/refine Best Mode (4) 
  • Exhaustive search/redraft (5)
  • Iterative de-risking w/IDS (6)
  • File/prosecute DocPak (7)

Whether you're first to invent, TSM is how to be First-To-File. TSM makes patenting an "engineering discipline" by tying it's IDPAW, UCD, UCPA, & UCP into Product Lifecycle Management. 

Each IP-BC LEVEL has an eBOOK with ALL content.

All LEVELS are completely from the INVENTOR POINT OF VIEW. Augment your current legal perspective with Schwartz's critical insights. 

It's a complete course

Every LEVEL has an easy to follow road-map

  • On our LMS platform
  • Automatic login w/library 
  • Download at will
  • eBOOKs  have all content

Each LEVEL's "GPS-NAV" guide helps you thru by highlighting what's new 

Every LEVEL, including Starter-Kit, uses on-demand video content, story-board content, and an easy to follow learning format comprising:


FAQ's about IP-BC

How IP-BC changes your IP conversation

As an INDIVIDUAL or IP-Champion, turn your IP GOALS into IP OUTCOMES


In less than 1/2 day, apply 30 years of Schwartz's IP experience and accelerate your IP filings in days instead of months.

WHAT: IP-BoostCamp is a Do It Yourself Utility Patenting course for all IP roles & titles. How? The course is designed in LEVELS from Entry to Advanced-Practioner.  Use Schwartz's Big-Bang Theory of IP Capitalization & The Schwartz Method (TSM) to get 20/20 hindsight into how to prepare and file high quality utility patents @warp speed. IP-BC is for patent drafting in all subject matter areas because Schwartz designed IPBC using his 85%/15% rule. IPBC provides an  airtight method for filings that anticipate Office Action(OA) REJECTIONS by explaining "fatal" filing errors and showing you how to avoid them. De-risk your filings with TSM for lower IP costs and improved portfolio asset value.


WHO is it for and WHY?

Select course levels from Entry to Advanced-Practitioner, as an INDIVIDUAL(Solo) or as part of a TEAM.

WHO: Schwartz structured IP-BC in LEVELS  for ALL IP roles & titles including CEO's, inventors, entrepreneurs, R&D leaders, manufacturing engineers, product/marketing managers, IP liasons, and inside /outside counsel.   WHY: Whether you are are acting solo or as part of a team, it's inevitable that  IP goals are inherently in conflict.  Get 80 more IP Intelligence Quotient points from Schwartz and see how to align IP goals with roles & objectives. When you do this you allow for increasing trust and dynamic stability in your IP workflows. Melding conflicting IP points of view offers new and more effective ways to file great, airtight patent applications . . . Enjoy all of the  "IP-AH-HA"' moments together. 




IP-BC is delivered in an innovative, easy to use on-line learning platform, 24/7 in your course library, with log-in access right here.

WHERE: Select a LEVEL in the store and your personal IP library is configured with just the modules you need.  WHEN: Log-in and work at your own pace,  24/7, on any device, from any browser, any where in the world. HOW: IP hunters are at different points in their journey, so the LEVELS have targeted designs. Entry is for everyone. Take the full length webcast featuring Schwartz's "Big Bang Theory of IP Capitalization". Intermediate uncovers "The IP Corridor of Uncertainty" and highlights risky potholes & workarounds. Advanced explains the ins and outs of TSM. In Advanced-Practitioner, apply your own IP with TSM's rubric in a 30-Day IP Challenge to draft an airtight patent application you can file. 


If you're still unsure then . . .

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Learn About FOARs

In the FREE Starter-Kit, we uncover the Rude Awakening of Fatal Patent Office Rejections (FOARs) AFTER filing...and how The Schwartz Method (TSM), 3rd edition, with it's Universal Patenting Language and Guiding Principles navigate around the potholes. All starter content is online with unlimited downloads. In 1/2 hr, learn ins & outs of FOARs and how to avoid them.

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Get complete coverage on FOARs along with the eBOOK "Utility Patenting for IP SAVVYS" (PART-1 edition) and a 25% discount coupon for IP-BC/ENTRY. Discover how to ensure everyone is on the same “IPage”. Rework your patenting workflow and file more often, typically at only Patent Office fees. Focus legal expenses on pre-determined, essential work. Reduce your filing and prosecution costs by 70% and lower post publication infringement and operating risks.

Some choose a Special BUNDLE

All Bundles include the Full Edition of Utility Patenting for IP SAVVYs

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FULL FOARs Starter-Kit & ENTRY 


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Some choose the Champion-Edition (C-E) of ENTRY

"See it all": IP-BC/C-E is your MPPP: Manual of Patent Preparation Procedures. It includes the ENTRY LEVEL, the IP SAVVYS book Part1&2, an eBOOK for ENTRY,INTERMEDIATE,& ADVANCED, along with an extended subscription. Get the entire course overview and boost your patenting arsenal with the complete MPPP eBOOK (540pp), 6 months access, and a discount link for Nolo Inventor Bundle. . . $99.00 USD.

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