What Are the Requirements for Filing a Patent?

In order to file a patent, there are certain requirements that must be met — the invention must be new, useful, and non-obvious. Before spending the time and money on a patent application, be sure that you follow these requirements and meet with a lawyer for advice. At Patent King, we offer intellectual property law services, including helping with pre-filing and filing patent applications. The requirements for filing a patent and submitting an application are as follows.


The Invention Must Be New

One of the most important requirements when filing a patent is that the invention must be new. The invention cannot have been patented or described in a printed publication before it was filed. The invention can be any type of product or technology, including a machine, article of manufacture, or process. Patent King can help you determine if your invention is new and patentable.

The Invention Must Be Useful

The invention must also be useful in order to be patented. The usefulness of the invention does not have to be widespread, but it does need to have a practical purpose. The usefulness of the invention can be difficult to determine and describe properly on paper, but Patent King would love to help.

The Invention Must Be Non-Obvious

In order for a patent to be granted, the invention must also not have been obvious at the time it was invented. This means that other similar inventions had not been patented or described in a printed publication before the patent was filed. Patent King can help you determine whether your invention fits the criteria of being non-obvious.

Patent Application Requirements

In order to patent an invention, the inventor must file a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The application must include a description of the invention, drawings if necessary, and claims that define the scope of the patent. Patent King is here to assist you every step of the way during the patent application process.

If you want to be sure that your invention qualifies for a patent, Patent King in Las Vegas can provide pre-filing and filing services for clients throughout the United States. The requirements for filing a patent and submitting an application are strict — we will make sure that you meet each requirement and complete all necessary documents. Contact Patent King — Philip T. Virga, Las Vegas Patent Attorney — today!