A patent is a form of “intellectual property” which rewards persons whom invent a new and non-obvious:
This question frequently ponders the minds of inventors who have created some useful product/object. If you think that you have invented something useful and you want to protect your invention so to lessen the potential of others trying want to steal or copy your invention, filing a patent application is the next logical step. Not to mention that all your hard work could potentially be wasted if you don’t get a patent as others take your idea and claim it as their own. In fact, it is likely advisable that you not publicize your invention until you get a patent.
A patent is a promise made by the government of any country to protect your invention and to provide you with some exclusive rights, including the rights to claim as originator, to produce, sell or use the patented item.
In most cases it is the best way to protect your invention from unauthorized usage. You can then take legal action against the person who tries to copy your invention in any form. If you don’t apply for a patent then anyone can copy your invention and easily make money from it.
If you don’t have adequate information about how to get a patent, there are several ways to proceed. You can turn to the internet but oftentimes the information is unreliable, conflicting and confusing. And each country has its own procedure of issuing a patent.
You can also hire a lawyer who specializes in patent laws. Keep in mind that many inventors have successfully obtained patents without the help of lawyers. It all depends on how resourceful you are and how much risk you are willing to take by doing it yourself.
To get a patent, your invention must be new and useful. You should prove that your invention works. And that no one else has the same product already on the market or in the process of patent approval.
It is also important to understand that every invention cannot be patented. You should determine whether your project is commercially viable. These are the prerequisites to acquire a patent. Your invention has to qualify for a patent.
You should keep a record of your invention. Note every step of your invention process. Describe every aspect of your invention. You should also build a prototype of your invention and test it when possible. That can include using a company that can make a prototype or building it yourself. All these efforts should be documented. Again, it is important to make sure that your invention meets all requirements for getting a patent.
There are basically two types of patents to which you can apply: a regular patent or a provisional patent. Spend some time learning the difference and which one would best suit your situation.
The next step is to file a patent application. You may have to spend some time and money for filling a patent. To obtain a patent, you must submit patent application and pay the application fees. Then you wait. Wait for approval of the application or any changes you need to make to secure the patent.
Research the rules and regulations regarding the patent application process. Familiarity with patent laws will get you one step closer to getting a patent for your invention.
There is also the option to get an international patent with its own set of rules, regulations and fees.
The best place to start is at the USPTO.gov website. There you will find patent applications, rules, regulations, patent law and a searchable database of current patent-holders. By doing this you can save yourself years of angst and potentially thousands of dollars (or more).
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A patent protects your valuable invention from unauthorized usage. Just imagine you doing all the hard work and someone else taking the credit. You can avoid such a situation by applying for a patent. Once you obtain a patent no one can steal or copy your patent. A patent is nothing but a set of rights that are given by the government in order to protect your invention from any unauthorized usage. A person who disobeys the patent laws is likely to go to jail.
If you have entrusted the responsibility of acquiring a patent to a lawyer then the cost for getting a patent is high. In fact, it can run between $5,000 and $25,000 depending on the type of patent you are seeking as well as numerous other factors. These factors can include the number of claims being sought for the patent, the complexity of the invention and the need for and ability to acquire broad patent protection.
The cost for getting a patent is comparatively less if you decide to apply for a patent on your own. You will likely need sufficient knowledge about patent laws if you decide to get a patent on your own. If you want to keep the costs down then you should have a thorough knowledge about how to get a patent.
Cost for getting a patent in the European countries is also higher than applying for and getting a patent in the United States.
Estimating the cost for getting a patent depend on the type of inventing to which you are seeking the patent. It also depends on the technology that is used in the invention. The fee structure in most countries for getting a patent has changed.
The government filing fees are currently in the range of $730 for small entities. And for clarification, most independent inventors and small business will be categorized as small entities. For micro entities the fees start at $400. Filing fees also vary depending upon the number of claims the application contains. drawings will typically add at least another $300 too $500 for a complete set of drawings. These fees do not include the search fees that must be paid in order to make sure there is not a similar patent pending. Search fees by an attorney can run from $1,200 to $3,000.
It is also important to understand how many claims you will have based upon the varying costs of filing, depended upon the number of dependent and independent claims required. The more independent claims, the higher the cost of the patent application and process.
The other consideration is whether you will be filing a provisional patent application (filing fee of $130 – attorney fees $2,500 to $6,000) or a nonprovisional patent application filed by an attorney ($7,500 to $12,500).
The fees quoted in this article can also vary based upon the fees typically charged by local trademark attorneys.
The first thing to consider is the search aspect as this can save you thousands of dollars and hours of time and aggravation should it be discovered that there is no reasonable opportunity to obtain a suitably broad patent claim – in which case its time to consider abandoning the project (or taking it back to the drawing table).