Looking to protect your new invention? Maybe it’s software you just created or a new industrial design. Well if you are the first to invent it you should apply for a patent. Simply put, you will hold the rights to your inventions which means no one can steal this from you legally. But what are the steps for getting a patent? Obviously there’s a procedure but knowing these steps is not all. Since many legal issues and international laws are to be considered, before creating a patent you need to be aware of the laws regarding patents in a national and international context.
How To Apply For A Patent
Like anything else in life, you’ll have to pay in order to patent your idea or invention. How much? That depends on how much you can afford. Why? Well you could patent it yourself, go through the long process, but it’s highly recommended you hire a patent agency such as InventHelp, or a patent lawyer to help you out and depending on what you decide to patent it could very well be cheap or expensive enough that you might need start a garage sale to cover the costs.
From there you need to verify if the patent already exists or not. This involves a patent search of the database at the US patent office. If it doesn’t exist, it’s simple, you pay for it. If it does, maybe your lawyers will find loopholes so that your idea can be patented depending on how good the lawyers you hire are. Once this is all done, it’s time to fill up the patent application form and go through the steps for getting a patent. This usually takes a month but it can go longer if needed. If you want to patent it internationally, say in Europe or China, you’ll need to do it through a European or Chinese patent agent or attorney. You get the idea. Your patent lawyer will provide advice on international laws.
By the way, these are crucial steps for getting a patent so it’s important you don’t neglect any of them. After having done the research to see if you can patent your invention, you need a minimum of an overview for the statement of the patent. Once it is determined you need to have either a picture or drawing so that it can be seen. (Note that it is legally not possible to patent an idea under intellectual property law, unlike what you may hear from invention submission companies, which may be scams).
After that you’ll need to have a detailed description of the drawing to explain the patent itself and finally you need to point out the specific items that are claimed for license by this invention.
If I recap there are 5 main steps for getting a patent:
1. Search for the patent to make sure it doesn’t exist already.
2. An overview statement of the patent.
3. A drawing of your patent.
4. Detailed description of your patent by referring to the drawing.
5. Specify what needs to be licensed.
The last thing to do is to determine if you want to keep the patent or not by choosing provisional or non-provisional patent. Basically if you feel like you idea might not be that profitable choosing a provisional patent will make your patent temporary for one year. However if you wish to keep that patent then within the first year you will have to change it to a non-provisional patent and it was all explained in https://steemit.com/inventions/@businesses/inventhelp-protecting-ideas-and-inventions.
As you can see these steps for applying for a patent look relatively easy. Let me assure you that this is a summary of the steps. The actual steps for getting a patent are far more complicated and hiring a professional patent lawyer is definitely going to help you speed up the process.