The protection of the right of any invention, innovation or idea for the development is always necessary on the moral and ethical grounds and the right should be assigned to those who honestly deserve it. Hence, Patent is an exclusive set of right assigned by the legal authority to the inventor for a certain invention, innovation or any ideas which require a high level of protection. So let’s say you created or significantly improved some sort of trade show display products that can be fitted with graphics, and you want to get a patent on this invention. Let’s follow the steps and procedures you need to undergo in order to receive a patent.
If you have come up with a fantastic product idea then hiring a lawyer for filing a patent may not be the only solution. You can engage yourself in filing the patent without shelling out a lot of money. So, acquirement of legal skill set is not a necessity. It is similar to the process of learning of any other skills like gourmet cooking or auto repair etc.
In case if you are an investor, your interest in filing for patents would lie towards securing rights (for invention) before a case of patent infringement comes to the foray.
The whole process of filing a patent is quite overwhelming, considering the different attributes attached to it. While considering patent filing, emphasis should be given to practicality of your invention, which will make it qualify for the same. Moreover, an explicit description of your idea can boost the patent grant procedure in the long run.
When you explain your idea you need to attach drawings and diagrams. But specifications for each layout presented in supporting your invention is a must. These are known in patent terms as, independent and dependent claims. It should be lucid enough to make a regular person understand its usage.
Abstract–background–summary–detailed description–conclusion/ramifications/ scope.
The above diagram should divide the whole description document. Now, the steps that we follow to go ahead with the filing are:
Record of Your Invention
Document every step of the invention procedure. Sign and date each entry and have two reliable witnesses sign as well.
Invention Qualifies for Patent Protection
Your idea should be different and new in some major ways in comparison to available concepts. It also cannot be for sale or be known about before you apply for a patent.
Commercial Valuation of Your Invention
Filing patent is solely a business decision. So, before you lay out funds and invest time for the same your market research should be extensive.
Detailed Patent Search
To find the novelty in your innovation, you need to search all the earlier developments in your field. This involves searching published patents, publications like scientific and technical journals, to find related inventions.
Though patent searching is time-consuming, it can be mastered with practice. So, hiring professionals for the work is recommended.
One can research on the Internet, or else visit a Patent and Trademark Depository Library, where you can search earlier patents. Search results would throw up other inventions that are similar to yours. Therefore, when you make you application, there should be enough facts to prove that your invention different from these earlier developments.
Prepare and File an Application
The final step involves the filing of the patent application in respective patent office according to your business market or audience. For example, if you at the USPTO, you can go for a regular patent application (RPA) or a provisional patent application (PPA).