You’ve invented a new product but you’re not sure how to protect it. You’ve heard about patents and want to know if it’s worth the time and money to apply for one.
The answer depends on your invention ideas, the competition, your resources and a lot of other factors. Here are some questions to consider:
How much is your idea worth? If you have a good idea and can prove it, you may be able to get a patent that prevents others from making, selling or using your invention without your permission. Patents are government-granted rights that help protect intellectual property by giving inventors exclusive rights to their creations for up to 20 years after filing. But patents aren’t always easy or cheap to get, so they aren’t right for everyone.
They also don’t guarantee success — just because you have a patent on something doesn’t mean consumers will buy it or competitors won’t come up with something better at an affordable price point (or both).
So if you’re considering a patent for your invention, it’s important to understand how the process works and what it costs. The first step is to draft a provisional patent application. This is a rough, informal document that gives you one year (or more) to conduct market research and develop your product. If it’s successful, then you can file a non-provisional patent application — which is the official version with all of the required elements.
Professional Invention Patenting Services
The next step is to hire an attorney or agency, like InventHelp who specializes in patent law. They will guide you through the process and make sure that your application is complete and accurate. You should also consult with a professional about whether or not you need to file for a patent, since there are times when it may not be worth the cost.
If you decide that you need a patent, InventHelp will draft an application and submit it to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They will also ensure that your invention is eligible for a patent, and if so, file for one.