If you have developed a machine that you believe to be unique, novel, and useful, then you may be eligible to file for a utility patent. A mechanical patent is a sub-category of a utility patent that is applied to any “…concrete thing, consisting of parts, or of certain devices and combination of devices.” The Patent Professor has a 20-year history of successful patent applications, and will be an excellent resource in helping you get the proper legal protection and rights to your invention so that you can grow a business around it and capitalize on your intellectual property. In order for your machine to qualify for a patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office, it must be determined to meet specific criteria that will be explained in brief below, and in greater detail during an initial consultation to discuss your options and how The Patent Professor can help. To learn more about utility and machine patents, as well as how we can help, read on.
What is a Mechanical Patent?
A mechanical patent is simply a further designation of a utility patent. A utility patent covers any invention that is determined to be unique (has not already been invented or patented), novel, and non-obvious. If the USPTO determined the machine to meet these criteria, then the applicant will be granted exclusive rights to the manufacturing, distribution, and sales of the invention during the life of the patent.
Applications of Mechanical Patents
There is an enormous and growing list of applications that a machine can be used for, and as our technology advances, the list will continue to grow. Below are a few common or interesting fields that mechanical patents are submitted for:
- Space Travel
- Industrial Facilities
Any industry that you can think of that uses a machine is certain to have a long list of patents appended to it.
Should I File For a Mechanical Patent?
If you believe that your machine meets the criteria for a new patent, contact The Patent Professor today to determine the next steps to take to protect your invention. Patents are an important tool for encouraging innovation and protecting business in America by granting exclusive rights for inventions. If you do not file for a patent and your invention is attractive, it can almost be certain that someone else will file for a patent, and lock you out of profiting from your own invention. Once you have filed your patent, you can approach manufacturers, investors, and larger companies with the confidence that your idea will remain yours for the lifetime of your patent.
How Will The Patent Professor Help Me?
With over 20 years of experience, The Patent Professor is an excellent partner to help you through this complex and complicated process. The USPTO has an extensive system that requires a lot of documentation, information, and research, and an understanding of this process can streamline the application significantly. Many times, patent applications can be rejected for simple procedural errors, miscategorizations, or other administrative issues that are easy to miss. While The Patent Professor handles this process, you are able to focus on your business and your new invention.
Before a patent is submitted for approval to the USPTO, it is important to research existing patents to determine the novelty and originality of your invention. If The Patent Professor determines that there is any potential overlap with your invention and an existing utility patent in the United States, you will be able to take this information back and determine if your product truly is unique or not, and if so, how to make that clear. Mechanical patents can be very complex due to the possibility of many components and smaller processes that create the overall machine, and can make research a very arduous task.
When filing for a utility patent, the amount of information and specific documentation can be overwhelming even for people who have submitted patent applications before. When you are working with The Patent Professor, you can rest easy knowing that all of your required paperwork is submitted by a professional, and will be complete and correct the first time around. When a patent application is rejected, it can sometimes be hard to determine exactly what in the application was the issue, if it was not the invention itself. The more complicated that a machine may be, the more complicated that the application will be, to prove to the USPTO that the specifics of the machine are unique, and exactly which functions require legal protection.
Understanding Your Patent Rights
Once you have received an approval for your patent, it is important that you understand the benefits, protections, and clauses of your patent rights, for how long, and the best ways that you can use these advantages. The Patent Professor has extensive experience with every step of the patent process, and is an excellent asset when determining the best ways to capitalize on this great opportunity. When moving forward with your patent, having solid legal advice on how to proceed in a way that is both safe for you, and advantageous for your future growth and marketability. If you suspect that your patent is being infringed upon or copied, the help of an experienced legal team will be very helpful in determining the next steps to take.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Mechanical Patents
If you are considering your options and trying to understand the next steps for your possible mechanical patent, contact The Patent Professor today. We will work with you from the moment you realize that you have come up with a new idea that is worth patenting, all the way to when you receive your approval and beyond. With the help of a team with extensive patent law experience, you can focus on what you do best while we make sure that you are granted the legal protections you deserve. We look forward to working with you and protecting the future of your intellectual property.