How to Patent an Idea

by on October 2, 2010

Everyone has the potential of come out with unique ideas and these ideas would be converted into profitable businesses in the future. Sometimes, there may be a world changing idea in your mind. If so, you need to obtain a patent first, in order to prevent others from producing, dealing or using the described asset in the patent.

However, obtaining a patent is not a simple process and you always need to directly follow the steps of the process in order to be patented. Patenting an idea is rather difficult than getting a patent for a product. Therefore, the below mentioned tips would assist you greatly to patent your idea.

Hire a Patent Lawyer: Granting a patent is a legal process and you need to get the service of a well experienced patent attorney who is specialized in the intellectual property law, to accomplish the subsequent procedure of applying for the patent.

Define Clearly: The description of the patent should be precisely written in order to avoid the risk of being rejected. It is a crucial task and the identity of your idea should be clearly defined in every aspect in order to prove that it is not similar to any other idea or production which is already patented.

Select a Provisional or Non Provisional Application: By considering your financial status and the charges of the lawyer, you can fill a provisional patent application first, as it is less expensive. The provisional application enables you to set up a filling date within 12 months. At the end of this period, you need to apply for the non provisional application in order to be patented.

Stick to the Description of the Provisional Patent: As the provisional patent endows you with one year time period to fill the non provisional application, you need to extremely limit the description. You should not add extra modification to the invention except the features which are described in the provisional patent. If you have come out with improvements, you need to include them in the formal patent as legitimate claims.

Convert Your Idea Into a Business Plan: If you do not have adequate funds to obtain the patent for your idea, you can convert it into a business plan and implement it with the assistance of the investors. Later, you can obtain the patent for your idea and also you can form contracts to share profit of the business with the investors.

The provision application allows you to carry out the idea to the implementation level under the term of ““patent-pending”.  You have to be patient till you get the formal patent and the above mentioned tips allow you to go ahead in the process without any failure.

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