August 3, 2018
How to Patent Your Idea – Do Not Forget to Follow This
You should know how to patent your idea if you are an inventor. This will help give you peace of mind that this important form of protection is done properly.
To actually file for a patent will require the inventor to use the USPTO website or the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This site should be reviewed before tempting to make an official filing of your idea. Or you can get some help online as described in this article – https://blogs.ubc.ca/inventhelpreviews/.
Before making the application, there are a few things you should ask yourself. Are you done with completing your idea and do you possess a working prototype of it? This process will require a set of plans or drawings which will be necessary for your application. Once you have a working prototype, does it do what you planned on it to do, and does it work? There are some inventions that have intended uses that are discovered after a device is made. All of the possible applications of your idea should be a part of your application so they will be covered under the patent.
If your invention is not working yet and you want to rush into the patent process, you should wait. After you receive a patent, any changes to the device you have made to improve it, will require another patent.
Searching the data base online at USPTO is required to see if there is already a device that is protected that is like yours, or similar.
The last thing that is recommended is the enlisting of a patent lawyer. They specialize in this confusing area of law and can finish the legal document and ensure they are all in proper order. And to point you in the right way you should read this – https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/e3ec7365-1b09-44f2-906f-19826275860f/entry/InventHelp_Meet_The_Leading_Inventor_Service_Company.
Submitting for a patent that could last for 17 to 20 years is free of charge. Having a great idea and knowing how to patent your idea, does not mean it will be approved on the first try. Most are rejected so keep trying.