How do I Go About Filing For a Patent?

There is no doubt that being able to file for a patent on a new invention, idea, or process is essential to keeping the necessary flow of new ideas coming in a free market economy. After all, without a patent, businessmen could take advantage of a new idea or product by simply copying it without the inventor’s permission and reap the financial rewards instead of the rightful inventor himself. If this were commonplace, many new inventions would never see the light of day because of fear that they would be stolen.

So how does a person go about getting a patent on a new invention?

Patent processes can vary depending on what country you live in, but here in the United States inventors can obtain a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Just make a search for “USPTO” and you will find their website listed right at the top. You can find more help fromĀ too.

There are really only a few things that you need to decide beforehand in order to proceed with a successful patent application. First of all, you need to determine that the product or process that you wish to patent is indeed original and new, and that it is not just something that is obvious and commonplace. Then you need to determine what type of patent that you need. The discussion on all the different kinds of patents is beyond the scope of our article but if you visit the USPTO website or this article you will be walked through the process of identifying your particular patent area and then how to get the ball rolling.

Once the patent is filed, no one can copy that invention until the patent process is complete. And the patent protection for your new invention will extend for twenty years here in the US. Of course all new inventions have to be examined to make sure that they do indeed meet the criteria worthy of having a patent bestowed on them and that process can take some time, but be patient and you will be able to enjoy the rewards of your talent and effort as you profit from every future sale of your invention for the life of the patent.