Have you invented a new type of packing material, or perhaps a method of packing that has never been discovered before? If so, you may be eligible to protect your packaging ideas with a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A patent is a legal tool that protect inventors from having their ideas copied by competitors in the market for a specified amount of time, usually 14 or 20 years. When you have a patent, you are granted full control over the sales, production, marketing, and distribution of your invention, and can choose to licens e or use it in any way you see fit. Without a patent, anyone can simply copy your invention and market it as their own. They may even file for their own patent, and block you from using it. If you want to protect your intellectual property, and start working towards capitalizing on your invention as soon as possible, contact The Patent Professor today. With 20+ years of experience, your application process will be handled by a qualified attorney so that you can move forward with confidence and certainty.
What is a Packaging Patent?
A packaging patent is a utility patent that covers a specifics method for packaging something. The patent could cover a packaging process that either works to package a very specific type of product, or perhaps may be a design that is applicable across many different products. Whatever the application, this patent is a utility and will give the patent-holder 20 years of legal protection, like all utility patents.
Can I File For a Utility Patent?
Is you believe that your idea for a new packaging material or process is unique, useful, and novel, then you may be eligible to file for a patent in order to protect your intellectual property. The first step in getting this legal protection is to contact a patent attorney to discuss your options and what to expect through this process. The Patent Professor will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you are able to capitalize on your ideas as quickly as possible, and be as protected as possible by the USPTO.
The Three Benefits of Packaging Patents
Your new packaging idea may be useless without a patent. Although it could be a revolutionary idea, your lack of a patent means anyone can use it. Find out the three main benefits of patents for packaging.
1. No Secrets Required
If you don’t have a patent, you probably work hard to keep people from finding out about your packaging idea. You might swear your employees to secrecy or spend hours policing your secret. But you could save yourself the trouble. With a patent, you get immediate protection of your idea. If your secret gets out, there are no consequences to your business. No one else can use your packaging idea.
2. Make More Money
Depending on your idea, you might make a greater profit by selling licensing rights to your idea. But you need a patent to do so. Once you obtain one, you can sell the rights to an interested party. They could be exclusive rights to one party, or rights to multiple parties. You may also choose to sell the patent in entirety. After you sell it, you have no rights to it. But you could profit greatly. Additionally, you don’t need to worry about running a business or handling any problems associated with your packaging idea.
3. Take on the Competition
Are you worried about the competition running away with your idea? If you file for a patent, you can put those worries aside. Your competitors can’t rely on your idea for their personal gain. Rather, you are the only one with the rights to your product. Having an advantage over your competition can make all the difference. As the only entity with the particular packaging process or design, you have a corner on the market. You can maximize your profits and have less stress.
How Can The Patent Professor Help With My Patent Process?
When you are working with The Patent Professor, you can be confident that your invention and the application for your patent is in good hands. Inventing something new, and then selling that idea, can be very challenging, but the patent application process can be equally challenging. Instead of learning how to deal with this entire process over months of trial-and-error, opt for professional help and get on the right track immediately.
Before we move forward on your application, it is important to research all of the existing patents and determine the likelihood that your invention will be approved by the USPTO. It is important to begin with this step so that we can anticipate any possible roadblocks, identify potential issues, and ultimately decide whether or not to move forward with the application. The application process is expensive and time-consuming, so while this step itself is slow, it is imperative in order to avoid any obvious rejections.
Applying for a Packaging Patent
Once we have determined that it is a good idea to move forward with the application process, we will begin the actual application. This step is extremely complex and detailed, and even the most seasoned inventors often opt for the help of a patent attorney to be sure that they will not be rejected on technical or procedural issues and need to re-apply. While we are working on the details of your application, you can focus on your product and how you will expand into the market with your legal rights.
Once your application is approved by the USPTO, we will work with you to ensure that you understand how to fully take advantage of your legal tool. After this long process, it is important that you use your patent to the full extent of it’s limitations to ensure that you are getting the most out of your intellectual property.
Contact The Patent Professor Today
If you believe that you have discovered a new and useful packaging idea, contact us today t begin working on an important first step to any great idea. Once we have protected your intellectual property, you can focus on growing the market for your product without worrying about imposters or competition stealing your idea outright.