Some ideas are worth millions. But without a patent, your great idea could be worth nothing. All it takes is someone else to have the same idea and make it a reality.
Fortunately, you can work with a patent attorney in Orlando to protect your idea. By learning how to patent your idea, you can prevent someone from making money with your inventions. Here at Patent Professor, we want to protect your intellectual property. Our firm has years of experience representing individuals with great ideas.
If you plan on turning your idea into a reality, there are a few steps you should take. Follow these steps and you can be on your way to getting a patent.
1. Find a Patent Attorney in Orlando
Before you begin the application process, you should work with a lawyer. It is possible to file your application without legal representation. However, it’s also difficult, and you can place your idea at risk. Failing to complete the application properly could result in denial.
When you work with us, you get the backing of an experienced lawyer. The Patent Professor has the resources and experience necessary to assist you with a successful application. With in-depth knowledge of the process, our lawyer can advise you on every step of the process.
Furthermore, he can save you time. Instead of handling all the work yourself, you can let our firm take on the burden. This gives you more time to focus on your idea and turning it into a product or service.
2. Narrowing Down the Details
Although you might think you have a great idea, you need to work out all the details. What seems like a brilliant idea could be unfeasible or impossible. Before you go through all the work of filing your patent, you should make sure your invention works.
Imagine spending thousands of dollars on the patent process only to find out your idea won’t work. Before you spend time or money on the process, consider all of the details. Walk through your idea and turn it into a product. When you do, think about what makes it better than other products.
If you can draw, try putting your idea on paper. You can also rely on a patent illustrator to draw it for you. Depending on your product, you could benefit from a 3D rendering. After you have a visual, think about all of the specific details. How does it work and how can you make it better?
By understanding your final product, you can know how to better handle the patent process. It’s one of the most crucial parts of patenting an idea.
3. Search Through Patents
These days, it’s hard to come up with a new idea. To date, there are thousands upon thousands of patents. It’s possible that someone already has a patent for your idea.
Before you file your application, you need to do a patent search. This is a tedious task that can take a great deal of time. However, you don’t need to do the search yourself. If you want to save time, you can work with our firm. The Patent Professor can put in the effort for you.
By working with us, you also decrease your risk of not noticing an existing patent. If you do your own search, you risk overlooking a patent similar to yours. However, our staff knows what to look for.
4. The Application Process
If there are no existing patents for your idea, you can move on to the application process. However, you need to make sure you are eligible for an application. Solo inventors don’t have much of a problem. But co-inventors need to make sure they qualify. For example, co-inventors need to apply for a patent in a joint petition with all other co-inventors.
Before filing you need to consider the type of patent. Most commonly, people apply for utility patents. This type of patent is for inventions that are both practical and novel. They could be for a process, composition of matter, machine, or product.
However, it is possible that you need another type of patent. A design patent is necessary when you only want to patent a design and not a product. Meanwhile, a plant patent is for an individual who finds or creates a plan that reproduces using asexual methods.
If you are in a rush to get a patent, you could consider filing a provisional application. With this type of application, you get 12 months to complete the full application.
A provisional application gives you time to work on your invention. By doing so, you could improve your chance at a successful application. You also get immediate protection for your idea. If someone tries to use your idea, they are guilty of infringement.
The full application is very thorough. In addition to explaining the purpose of your invention, you also need to discuss how you plan to make it and how to use it. Additionally, you need to show how it is a progression of a previous product or how it improves on current products. For a successful application, you also need to include drawings of your invention.
The actual filing process can occur online. In fact, it’s much cheaper to file online than in-person. You can even pay the fees for it online. Our firm can handle the many aspects of filing your patent. Before the paperwork goes through, we ensure that you don’t miss a thing.
5. Achieve Patent Pending Status
Once you file the application, your patent is in patent pending status. In this phase, you can start marketing efforts. However, you can’t claim it as your own until the office approves your patent.
Patent pending does not protect you from infringement. However, you can take action against thieves as soon as the office approves your patent.
Getting the Help You Need
In 2015, Orlando was voted “City of the Future.” With so many innovations in the city, it’s a great place for inventors. But it’s also a place that demands protection of your ideas.
If the patent process seems overwhelming, that’s because it can be. By working with us at the Patent Professor, you can get step-by-step guidance through the process. You can learn how to bring your concept from idea to patent. Contact us today to get started.