Have you come up with a new idea that you think will be a unique and useful contribution to the world of construction? If so, you will want to begin looking into protecting your intellectual property with a patent, issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as a way to give you legal exclusivity rights. Without a patent, any other company or competitor will be able to copy your invention and sell it as their own. Patents are an important tool for promoting innovation, and protecting inventors from unnecessary vulnerability when they are trying to get their products into the market. The Patent Professor has over 20 years of experience helping clients achieve their goals by offering complete patent support. We will work with you to determine the validity of your invention and the likelihood of your eligibility for a patent in the US, manage you through the application process and ensure that you are submitting a complete application, and handle every detail from start to finish. Even the most experienced inventors find the patent application process to be taxing and confusing, which is why hiring an attorney is always a great idea. We look forward to hearing from you, and will be happy to help you bring your ideas into reality. Read more below about the patent process, and how we can help.
What Is a Construction Patent?
Technically, there are only three types of patents: design, utility, and plant patents. However, there are many sub-categories of each, and construction is a very applicable industry for patent submissions. There are many existing construction patents, including both designs and utilities, for new construction, renovation, civil engineering, and any other subsection of construction you could think of.
Can I File a Design Patent for Construction?
Of course! A design patent, according to the USPTO, is any unique, ornamental aesthetic that does not serve an actual function. This could be anything from a specific style of a gutter (that has not been previously patented) to a crown moulding, or anything in between. The major criteria of a design patent is that it does not serve a function. If it does, you will likely need to apply for a utility patent (or both).
What Is a Utility Patent in Construction?
A utility patent, in any industry, refers to a unique, useful process, chemical compound, or machine. In the construction industry, this could be something like a new paint compound, a new way to install a roof, or anything else that serves an actual use. In some cases, a utility patent may also require a design patent if the machine also has unique aesthetics, but each will be filed separately and will require very different types of information to be approved.
Why Should You Consider a Patent?
Everyone has their own reasons for seeking a patent on their construction-related invention. However, there are a few common reasons for obtaining this type of patent.
Eliminate Other Competitors in the Construction Industry
In many cities, the construction industry is booming. This makes for a great deal of competition. But a patent can get rid of your competitors. Once you obtain the patent, no one else can sell or use your invention. Your paint compound or roof siding installation process is yours and yours alone. Eliminating the competition gives you a major advantage. In many cases, the exclusivity is a selling point. It makes you unique from everyone else in the construction industry.
Make Money Off of Your Idea
It’s one thing to come up with an idea. But it’s another story to make money off of your idea. If you want to make a profit, you need to market and sell your product or service. This can be challenging. Fortunately, a patent can simplify your job. You could license rights to your idea and generate an income from royalties. If you want to give up rights to your idea, you could sell the patent. Before relinquishing your rights, you should speak to an attorney. They can help you through the process and advise you on the situation.
No More Secrets
In the construction industry, employer retention can be an issue. This puts your ideas at risk. If an employer leaves, they might tell your idea to someone else. Even if you have trade secrets, you’re putting your business at risk. You need to constantly monitor the situation to ensure that no one tells your secrets. When you receive a patent, you can stop using secrets to protect your ideas. If someone sells or uses your idea, they are in violation of patent law. There will be consequences for their actions.
Can I File For a Construction Patent?
Once you have come up with a new invention, you must then begin the application process, which is where we come in. Read more below about our process in determining your eligibility for a patent, and then the rest of the steps we take to get you to your goal.
When you work with The Patent Professor, the first step we will take is to go through all existing patents to give you an idea of your likelihood of receiving your own patent for your idea. This process is very complicated, but is an extremely important first step, to be sure that we have done all due diligence to determine that you have a significant likelihood of being approved. The application process can be very complicated, and it is important that you are confident in your chances of succeeding before putting this time and money in.
When we have determined that you are ready to apply, then we will work closely with you to be sure that we have gathered all relevant information to complete your application. It can be very frustrating to receive a rejection because of a procedural error, and your application may be time-sensitive, so we do not want to encounter any avoidable setbacks. Our in-depth knowledge of the patent process will be a significant asset to you.
Application Submission and Approval
Once we submit a complete application, we will wait to hear about your approval from the USPTO. When you do receive your approval, we will then work with you to ensure you understand how to fully take advantage of these legal protections to maximize the benefit of this tool.
Contact Us Today
If you have a new invention that you think will be a great addition to the construction industry, contact us today to begin the process and get on the path towards being a patent-holder.