Getting a patent is not an easy task. It is must for one to have professionals around so that they could guide you in the process of getting a patent. However, if one is planning to get product patented without the help of patent attorney or examiner then one is required to make sure that the innovation of product is unique and novel.
The steps involved in getting a patent are complex. But if you are determined of getting patent then nothing can stop you.
Steps of getting a patent:
It is mandatory for innovators to have patent examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at the time of applying for patent.
Before, applying for patent make sure:
- Your innovation is unique and qualifies for patent.
- On being questioned, you must be able to describe as to how your innovation is different and unique from others.
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There are about 5 steps involved in filling patent application
There are some specific rules set by the USPTO which are must to be followed while filling the patent application:
Maintain detailed record of your innovation:
Make sure that you do record from the scratch about the innovation. How did the idea of innovation struck to your mind? How you planned to give it a concrete shape? Who was involved? What tests you took to gauge the efficacy of your innovation? All such quarries should be answered and recorded by you every day.
Also keep in mind that at the time when you came up with the innovation at least two reliable witnesses ought to be there. The first step is vital as it proves that the innovation is solely your idea and has not been copied from others.
Keep in mind the prerequisite for qualifying the patent protection:
Make sure that your innovation idea does hold ground for receiving patent protection. Sometimes, we believe that our idea is unique and thus must be useful. But, it is our responsibility to make the world believe that the innovation is different from other products.
Make sure that your innovation has the potential of bringing money:
As per the rules and regulations of USPTO, it costs about $1,500 to get a patent. Money is essential for growth. So, make sure that if your innovation is introduced in the market then it should be capable of raising money. Otherwise, it could be an expensive deal for you.
Thoroughly go for the patent search:
It is important to make sure that the innovation chosen by you is original and doesn’t have been used by any. Therefore, before applying for the patent thoroughly search internet and other data. Internet and Patent Trademark Depository Library are the best platform for conducting patent search as described in https://www.tmcnet.com/topics/articles/2018/06/13/438460-how-inventhelp-change-business-destiny.htm article.
It might be possible that during the search you come across certain products which are similar to your innovation. Therefore, be prepared to prove that your innovation is effective and better than the other.
Finalizing – prepare and file application:
The final step of getting a patent is as important as the first step. In this step one is required to file application with the USPTO. One can choose either full-blow regular patent application (RPA) or provisional patent application (PPA).