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Inventing Something-Get a Patent
By David Skul
Tip! Search the database to identify patents in the classes/subclasses identified. If you have invented something, the chances are that you don't have the resources to mass-produce the product yourself. You will need to send the plans and designs off to someone else to make in their factory. When you do this, how can you protect your idea against the people that might see it? The answer is patent registration. This tactic will give you the exclusive right to profit from your invention.
Is it new and secret? You can not have showed your invention publicly before you apply for a patent. Whatever you do, do not take your invention around and demonstrate it before you think about patents. Is it obvious? Your invention must not be something that would be obvious to experience in your chosen industry. You cannot apply for a patent for a scientific or mathematical theory, or method. A work of art books, plays, and computer programs, a way of doing things or business method are also not elligible for patent. Many of these are covered by copyright. Patents are intended for actual physical inventions.
Tip! Search the web to get the up to date information about the area of work and select the specific keywords describing the area of interest and identify the control patents. To start with by searching for any specific patents be aware of in this area, patents of companies work in this field, patents invented by inventors in this field, etc.
You need to apply at a patent office in your country. There are also patent agencies for larger areas, such as the European Patent Office or ultimately the World Intellectual Property Organization. It is best to get a lawyer to guide you through this and make them sign a non-disclosure agreement. Depending on your country, applying for a patent can either be absurdly cheap or really expensive. You should note that if your patent application is refused at any stage, you won't be getting your fees back. You can usually apply again, if you want to pay again.
A patent for an invention is a grant of property rights by the U.S. Government through
If you've created something unique and something you think is marketable subject of patents should be of immense interest to you. Without a patent your idea can be stolen from you. With a patent in place of the concept, and its financial rewards are yours for a minimum 17 and maximum 20 years.
Have your new product meets the requirements for a patent, but? To determine this, you must not only demonstrate its unique, but also to ensure that it is not disqualified from the category.
In the United States, for example, the issue of federal agency is the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This agency provides a tool patents, the most common form of patents, on entirely new designs that could prove the benefit. They can even patent new varieties of the leaf, such as plants.
What can not be patented, however, are new drugs that are deemed to be unsafe nuclear weapons phenomena hypothetical, for inventions that are not operable, non-operational changes such as aesthetic improvements, inventions whose primary purpose would be perceived as illegal, and those considered by the Patent and Trademark Office as a "freak" for example, serves no serious purpose. I write the patent office is also denying "immoral" patents, but a change is in the works that will eliminate this category from the patent rejection.
One of the criteria used by the U.S. PTO to determine the uniqueness and thus the right to a patent is about someone who is considered to be an expert in the area where you're introducing a new product should consider the product not only useful but also unique. You will also delay your application for a patent until you discover that the answer to this is yes. You want to provide the PTO with the name or names of experts who have testified to the utility and unique nature of your creation.
This is where you should be careful. Sharing his idea before the patent could lead to theft, so if you do not take precautions. In addition to carefully examine the credibility and ethics of those whom you seek a professional opinion of your new idea or product, you will also want to carefully document the step-by-step creation - from initial concept to completion.
Buy a notebook. It need not be anything fancy - just a diary kind of concept notes, each and every movement made and every idea generated that helped to bring the concept and product to fruition. As in this day and age, you are probably more likely to use a word processor system to do it (and it's a good idea for backup since you can not just keep it on your hard drive, but save it to CD, DVD or disk ) you will first take up these steps, in your own handwriting in the notebook. Make sure you date each step as well.
The process for obtaining a patent from initial application averages two years. However, that process is in progress while you still have proof that you are the inventor of the PTO by showing documentation of the application number and official filing date. If browsing the web, you will have this information in minutes. If you apply by mail, the documentation should arrive within eight weeks.
Once you receive your patent, you have protected your new product or idea from intrusion. What this means is that everyone to try to claim as their own, or to duplicate and use or sell that duplication, you can sue for damages.