To protect your creative works and your potential profits, you should always consider obtaining the services of a competent and reliable patent attorney. While the costs may appear expensive, the protection offered by a U.S. patent for a commercially valuable invention more than justifies the cost. Patent law does allow an inventor to “act for himself” in obtaining a patent, meaning the inventor can do everything himself. However, without some prior experience or some legal training there is the danger of applying for protection that is so broad that your patent is never issued, or is so specific that your invention is not fully protected.
The phase one of the process begins with the patent professionals, such as InventHelp, performing a “novelty search”–checking prior patents, and all the available literature to determine whether the invention is really novel and non-obvious. During the course of the patent application process, the patent examiner and the inventor (or his attorney) will communicate back and forth with one another to determine novelty and answer additional questions which may arise.
Application for patent is a written document seeking patent protection and filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or a patent office outside of the United States. In the United States, the application must include a disclosure of the invention that would, without undue experimentation, enable a person of ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention; at least one claim; drawings (if drawings are necessary to understand the invention); and disclosure of what the inventor views as the best mode for practicing the invention.
Patent Applications protect the underlying concepts of your technology. It prevents others from making, using or selling products incorporating your concepts for 20 years from the date of your patent application as you can see from https://www2.palomar.edu/telescope/2018/12/12/student-creators-can-benefit-from-seeking-the-services-of-inventhelp/ article.
- Your technology is protected from copying and, equally important, it is protected from those who may claim that they invented your technology first.
- A newly-issued patent informs the marketplace that your technology is new and unique.
- A patent allows you to license your technology or cross-license it with another inventor whose technology you would like to use.
Finally, the examiner decides on the patentablility of the invention based on the information found during the novelty search. Assuming the examiner is eventually satisfied that the patent claims are narrow enough to distinguish it from “prior art,” and the inventor is satisfied that the claims are still broad enough to have value, the patent will then be issued.