Is your idea patentable?

In a world of consumer novelty and technological advances, new ideas are more valued than ever before. For this reason it is crucial that you protect your invention with a patent before sharing it with anyone.

There are two types of patents: utility and design.

Utility patents are defined as a physical object, such as a pencil, and the method for creating such an object.

Biological and chemical structures are also considered utility patents.

An example of a biological structure is a DNA sequence.

An example of a chemical structure is CO2.

Design patents are defined as an ornamental shape of a physical object. You can learn more about patent types from too.

What benefits do obtaining a patent provide?

If you obtain a utility patent, you have a right to prevent others using anything that is covered by your patent.

If you obtain a design patent, you can prevent others from using a design similar enough to confuse the ordinary observer.

If someone is found to be infringing your patent you may be able to recover royalties and/or damages.

What can you expect from the patent application process?

The first step is to schedule a free consultation to discuss your goals for your invention and what kind of protection you may want to pursue.

The application process involves submitting claims and drawings to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The application then goes through the examination process.

The examination process involves an examiner at the Patent Office searching through previously existing patents and publications to determine whether the subject matter of your patent has already been disclosed to the public. You can hire a professional patenting agency, such as InventHelp to help you out in the search and the whole process.

If the subject matter has been previously disclosed, you can change the scope of your invention to try to cover a new aspect of the previous invention.

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