Getting a patent for an idea is a complex and lengthy process. But, it is an incredibly necessary step for protecting your ideas.
You may be tempted to take on the patenting process alone, but seeking out help from an expert will save you time, money, and a lot of headaches. There are many intricacies with laws, applications, and provisional patents that are difficult for newcomers to navigate. A wrong turn can impact your idea and what you’re able do with it.
Here are three reasons why you should seek help with a patent for your idea:
- You have to be careful with provisional patent applications.A provisional patent application can be filed before inventors disclose information about the invention, offers it for sale, or demonstrates it publically. Provisional applications last for 12 months from the date filed.What’s important to note is that a provisional patent application will not evolve into an issued patent, but it is still often useful for inventors.
However, changes cannot be made to the application, so making sure the information is correct is extremely important. It’s a good idea to have a professional read over the application before submitting it so you don’t miss something.
- You need to do a professional patent search.There are millions of patents out there. Even if a product or service has never been made or marketed, if a patent exists for a similar idea, you need to know.While you can do a quick internet search to see if there’s something similar, this shouldn’t take the place of enlisting a professional to do the search. People familiar with the patent process know how inventions are commonly classified and can easily find what they’re looking for. This will save you money and time in the long run.
If you locate a similar idea that has already been patented, a professional can also help you explore your options, including potentially purchasing an existing patent.
- Experts make the process easier and save you money. Many inventors want to do everything themselves. But, because so many patents exist and the application process can be overwhelming, asking for help can put your idea on track for success.
A common mistake that many inventors make is waiting too long to seek help with their patent application. It’s best to find a professional from the beginning so that you don’t waste time in moving your idea forward.