What is a patent all about?
What is a patent? Why do I need a patent? How do I go about getting one? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this article so as to help enlighten you on the basic things or information that you need to have with regards to patents. Being an inventor is a very good thing most especially when you are dealing with designs that you know are unique and might probably be stolen by people that are around you. Investing wisely and taking the right steps are great ways of knowing a good business man or woman. You will also need to hire a patent attorney that will guide you.
What is a patent?
The first of the questions that will have to be answered is what is patent? A patent is a right on an invention that is granted to the owner of the invention and in this instance an inventor. In the United States of America, the patent is granted by the “United States Patent and Trademark Office”. There are different types of patent: the design patent, the utility patent and the plant patent.
Why do I need a patent?
The fundamental or major reason why you need a patent is to help protect your right to the invention of a design or product that you have manufactured. You need this patent because of the money that you are sure to make from the invention as the patent prevents some other person(s) from making use of the invention that you have a patent right to. You should however remember that only a right is granted to you and that you will need an attorney to help you claim that right that has been granted to you through the patent.
How do I obtain the patent?
The last of the question that will be answered here is how you are to go about obtaining the patent that you so desire. You will have to ensure that your invention has not been patented by searching through the full patent database. If the invention is yet to be patented for then you will need to know the type of patent to apply for. You will also need to know if you want a global or a US patent. You will have to take the expedited examination into consideration. The next thing that you will need to consider is who should file the patent. Then you will get prepared for the electronic filing. After the preparation, you will apply for the patent making use of the electronic system of filing as an e-filer that is duly registered. The next step is for the USPTO to examine your application. If the application is granted you will then pay the issue fee with the fee for publication and then the fee for maintenance. If the application is not granted, you will file for reconsideration and appeal and if the rejection or objection is overcome, USPTO will send you the notice of allowance and the fee(s) that are due.
A patent attorney when hired /engaged will guide you all through the application process.