Introduction and types of patent – Various types of ideas can be patented. Anything that has a function or use can be patented. Also, patent protection can cover many (although not all) kinds of business methods, most varieties of applications, new methods and processes, new chemicals and compounds, and new materials or new uses of old materials. Where the invention is for a design feature or an ornamental cover or casing, for instance, then a design patent is the greatest method of protecting the invention. How to get Inventhelp Invention Marketing, and how to patent a design, is explained in a separate section below.
How you can Patent an understanding – An idea can best be protected by way of a utility patent application. This is also sometimes known as a “regular” patent application. The concept could be explained in words and, if at all possible, by drawings. The drawings do not need to be like blueprints; instead, they may be simplified and do not will often have to exhibit conventional features. And, it is not necessary to have a working model.
Just before getting into the details, we would like to point out that addititionally there is something called a “provisional patent application” discussed hereunder. It gives patent pending status for one year, permitting a utility patent application to be filed anytime in that year. That is certainly another way to get a patent. The provisional application is much less expensive when compared to a utility patent application, and can be recommended should there be an urgent have to get a patent application on file with the US Patent Office. As an example, just prior to a trade exhibition or publication in the invention, there is an urgent need to have the idea on file with the US Patent Office. For more information, begin to see the section below called “How to patent using a provisional patent application.”
Here’s a basic example showing how to patent an idea for a very simple and amusing invention. The basic idea: give a blinking light to some pencil eraser. For that moment, we aren’t worried about whether it has been done before; we might find that out utilizing a patent search if we wished. Right now, the concept will be expressed in words in the Invention Ideas, written just like above. And, because it is possible to illustrate the concept in a drawing, we might also add a sketch showing where light ought to be placed on the eraser. What else should be shown? The lighting must have an electrical source, such as a small solar panel or a small battery, and connecting wires needs to be shown connecting the energy source towards the light. Then, text is put into the patent application by describing the parts shown inside the drawings, explaining possible uses and advantages, and mentioning possible alternatives which are included in the invention such as various types of light sources like LEDs, incandescent bulbs, phosphorescent lighting, and so forth.
Next, an insurance claim is added to describe the invention broadly, such as the following:
Claim 1: A pencil eraser having a light, comprising: a pencil body; an eraser member attached at one end of the pencil body; an easy source mounted on the eraser; as well as a power source attached to supply power to the lighting source.
Standard text is then added including sections titled: background in the invention; review of the invention; description of the drawings; as well as an abstract from the disclosure. They are not usually hard to do, but could take the time.
Then, a Declaration is ready showing the name of the inventor and title in the invention. This can be from a standard form provided by the US Patent Office.
Last, a cover page together with a Transmittal sheet is ready, listing precisely what is being filed with all the US Patent Office. The Transmittal page normally will incorporate a search for the volume of the usa government filing fee, along with a postcard filing receipt. The check could be omitted, as can the signed Declaration, but in that case the usa Patent Office sends a notice requesting those items in addition to a relatively small late fee.
The drawings might or might not be accepted as filed. Otherwise accepted, the US Patent Office sends a notice, and sets a time period for submitting the formal drawings. A specially skilled draftsman normally prepares the formal drawings, considering that the US Patent Office has very specific and detailed requirements for the drawings. We assist this kind of skilled patent draftsman, to supply the formal drawings.
The application form is examined through the US Patent Office. If granted, the applying matures into a utility patent. A granted utility patent may be enforced in the court, also it can be assigned and licensed too.
In the event you call or email us, we may gladly discuss your invention or idea. There is absolutely no charge for discussing how you can patent your idea or invention. Sometimes we can provide an insight into the best way to manufacture or market the invention, according to our experiences. We can help with negotiating with potential distributors, investors, and licensees. We are able to explain how to get a patent, how you can patent your opinions, the expenses involved, and then any other issues of great interest to you personally. We could explain what may help, as well as the lowest cost techniques for getting the needed protection. This really is at no cost, and that we like speaking with inventors.
At this time we could provide a fixed fee estimate, based upon your description of the idea. In some instances, we would need to see additional information like a drawing or perhaps a written description, that will assist us form a precise fixed fee estimate. That is all confidential. At that time, in order to proceed further, you would then provide half the vsbkfg amount beforehand; we prepare the draft application and paperwork; then you send another one half of the charge after you have approved your final draft that you feel is ready for filing with the Inventhelp Patent Referral Services.
We may enjoy helping you get a patent! And, if you want, we could give our comments based on our very own experience on how to commercialize the invention, including suggestions on manufacturing, marketing, and attracting investors.