Innovation is the driving force behind progress and growth in almost every industry. It’s the spark that ignites new ideas, technologies, and products. Patents provide a way to safeguard your ideas from being copied or stolen. However, the patent process can seem daunting, especially for those who are new to it. Patent King of Las Vegas has experience with hundreds of patents, let us break down the process for you.
Ensure Your Patent Is Unique
Before you start the patent process, it’s essential to conduct a thorough patent search to ensure your invention is original. A patent search involves looking through patent databases to check if someone else has already patented a similar idea. You or your patent attorney can conduct a patent search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website.
Present Your Patent
Once you’ve conducted a patent search and confirmed that your invention is original, it’s time to prepare and file a patent application. This is a legal document that outlines your invention and why it’s unique. The patent application must be clear, detailed, and accurately describe your invention. You or your patent attorney can file a patent application with the USPTO.
Have Patience For Your Patent
Once you’ve filed your patent application, you’ll need to wait for the USPTO to review it. This process can take anywhere from several months to a few years. During this time, the patent examiner will review your application and conduct their own search to ensure your invention is original and meets all the requirements for a patent.
Start Selling Your Invention
If your patent application is approved, you will receive your patent, which grants you exclusive rights to your invention for a set period. The period of exclusivity varies depending on the type of patent you have and can range from 14 to 20 years. Once you receive your patent, you can begin marketing and selling your invention.