Inventors should be well aware of the fact that no matter how innovative their invention is, unless they patent it anybody else can claim it’s their idea and that you have come up with nothing worth the news.
Filing a patent for their invention is something that most inventors don’t know how to do. It implies presenting a series of documents in an accurate manner and many a time the forms are not easy to understand for ordinary individuals who are not acquainted with legal terms.
Even though it is highly advisable for all inventors willing to patent their invention to hire the services of a patent attorney, this step by step guide will introduce them in the process.
Perform A Patent Search
Performing a thorough patent search is the first step in the process of obtaining the patent for your invention. Throughout this step you will look into any other patent that has already been filed for inventions similar to yours. If somebody else has patented something similar to your invention then, unfortunately, you haven’t invented anything actually.
It is very important that you take enough time to do this step. If you do it carefully you can save yourself a lot of money and serious legal trouble for trying to patent something that already exists or infringing on other inventor’s rights.
If you don’t know how to do that by yourself, you can always hire a patent attorney to help you out. If your product is truly original, you’re ready to start with the patenting process in itself.
Fill Out The Patent Application
As it has already been said, the patent application is quite a complex process. If you misread something or do not fill in the information as expected, you will have to start all over again. Amongst the various documents you will be asked to fill in, we can mention: an overview statement of what you have invented, detailed and professional drawings of your invention, a virtual or physical prototype of your invention and the type of patent you are aiming at and why.
If the idea of presenting the prototype of your invention freaks you out, don’t worry! You can talk to the staff members of Idea Design Studio at 888.864.1870. It is an invention development company that helps inventors with achieving the virtual or physical prototype of their invention.
It is worth mentioning that filing a patent for an invention can put your patience to the test. The review process will definitely take some time. Perhaps you are asked to make some corrections on it or supply further information. You will need to comply with all these requirements if you want your request to patent your invention to be accepted.
If your application is approved, you may file for a patent. This is the right time to evaluate if all the costs involved in applying for a patent is something that you can afford financially or if it is really worth it.
Edward Lakatis run and writes for Idea Design Studio, an invention development and marketing company. He is passionate about all things related to invention, and helping other inventor’s realize their products potentials. More of Edward’s writing can be found on http://ideadesignstudio.com/