Would it surprise you to know that you can patent food? In terms of a patentable material or product, a food is considered a compound if it is determined to be patentable, and if you believe that you may have come up with a new food that should be legally protected, contact The Patent Professor today to discuss your options. Read more below about what a food patent is, and how we can help you protect your inventions. Our 20+ years of experience helping clients file for patents will be a great asset to you while you are dealing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
What Is a Food Patent?
A food patent is a subsection of Utility Patents, and is treated as a composition, much like any other unique and useful patented chemical would be filed as. The food, like any utility patent, must be new, unique, and useful, and if it meets the standard criteria of any patentable product, then you will be able to file as such. Contact us today to discuss your food, and we will help you understand whether or not you have a valid product for a patent.
Can I File for a Food Patent?
If you believe that you have a unique, novel, and useful food product that you have invented, you may be eligible to file for a patent. The USPTO treats food patents like any other composition, so provided that it can pass the requirements of any other utility, then you will be able to file. When you are working with The Patent Professor, our due diligence before beginning your application is entirely to help determine the validity of your claim, the likelihood of receiving a patent, and an exploration of your product to determine how much legal work will be required to secure your protection.
What Benefits Come with Filing a Food Patent?
If you haven’t yet thought of filing for a food patent, you should consider the idea. Your patent can help you in many ways.
1. Sell Licensing Rights to Your Food Idea
There are some major brands in the food industry. It’s possible that those brands will want your idea. With it, they may be able to profit in ways in which you never imagined. You can make money off of their success. By selling licensing rights to your product, you can receive royalties on product sales. The other companies can do all the marketing, production, and sales. While they work, you can receive a percentage of the profits. It’s also possible that you will sell the rights to the patent. If a business wants your food-related idea enough, they will pay good money for the patent.
2. Stop Keeping Secrets
In an effort to keep other people from stealing your idea, you might work hard to keep secrets. You may police your employees, create multiple non-disclosure agreements, and watch the competition closely. But you might not need to work so hard to keep your secrets. If you receive a patent, you get protection. A patent can save you time and allow you to go public with your idea. Regardless of what secrets get out, you have the exclusive rights to your idea.
3. Fight Competitors
Regardless of the quality of your idea, competitors can keep you from profiting. They could create a similar product that keeps customers from spending money on your product. However, a patent could prevent that. Because a patent prohibits competitors from selling or using your idea, you can keep the competition away. You don’t need to compete with businesses who offer lower prices or who have more resources. Instead, you can focus on selling your product to your customers.
How Can The Patent Professor Help With My Food Patent?
The Patent Professor is available to help any and all clients determine whether they should file for a patent, help with the patent process, and beyond. Read more about some things we can do to help you below:
Before even beginning to work on your patent application, we will do an extensive research of all existing patents to determine the likelihood that your idea will be considered “unique” by the USPTO. In addition, we will work with you to understand the usefulness of the invention, and whether it will be considered novel and non-obvious. Once we have completed our research, we will be able to give you a recommendation about whether or not to proceed with the application process.
Patent Application Process
The patent application process can be long, detailed, and overwhelming. We make sure that our clients have a simple process by taking care of all the details of this application. We work with you to include every piece of important information in the application, and ensure that it is complete before submitting. Often, applications will be rejected because of simple procedural errors, and the applicant will need to re-submit and await further review. Each piece of your application will be meticulously reviewed, and all information will be included before the final draft is submitted for USPTO consideration.
Application Submission and Approval
Once you receive your approval, we will be sure that you are ready to take full advantage of your patent. A patent in the United States is an important legal device that encourages innovation and protects inventors while they work to capitalize on their intellectual property. We want to be sure that our clients use this advantage to the best of their abilities in order to achieve their dreams.
Contact Us Today
If you have come up with a great idea that you want to patent, do not waste time. Contact The Patent Professor today, and get working on your dreams with the help of an experienced professional patent attorney. Instead of spending your time trying to learn about the application process, spend that time instead focusing on growing your business and getting ready to take the market by storm when you are granted legal protection.