How to Apply for a Patent?

by on September 28, 2010

Your invention is a unique personal asset of your creativity and you may need to ensure its protection by obtaining a patent under the intellectual property law. However, it is not an easy task to grant a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as it contains a complex applying process.

Therefore, the following guidelines would give you a better idea about how to apply for a patent.

Get the Assistance of a Patent Lawyer: Though you can obtain a patent application from the USPTO office by yourself, it is not easy to fill it on your own as it is a legal document. Thus, the service of specialized patent attorney is needed to accomplish this task in a formal way.

Provide the Attorney with Relevant Details about the Invention: You need to provide the attorney with a profound understanding about each and every part of the invention. Further, the technical and economical aspects of the production should be clarified well and it allows the lawyer to accomplish the application process in an effective manner.

Search for Similar Invention: If you have searched whether there are similar inventions, you will be able to make sure that your application would be accepted. However, if you find that the similar production is already patented; then your application is going to be rejected. Thus, you can attempt to invent another product or modify your invention according to the advice of the lawyer.

Ensure Accuracy: Each and every word of the description about the invention should be very clear and the lawyer should avoid every single word which can be interpreted as contradictory. The same type of invention can be applied or granted patent and it is more complex to clarify the identity of your invention in a significant way. A small alteration of the words that you use in the patent may cause to interpret that similar invention has already obtained the patent and your application is going to be rejected.

Include the Names of all Inventors: If you are a single inventor, you are the only one who applies for the patent. But, if it is a joint effort in which two or more people are involved, you need to list the names of all the inventors in the application.

Though the basic steps of applying for a patent are limited to granting and filling the application, submitting and paying the relevant fee; it cannot be considered as a simple task. Therefore, the above mentioned guidelines endow you a perfect understanding about the applying procedure and it would not be a daunting task for you.

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