1) Patent application: A patent application is the first step in the patent process. It’s where an inventor submits his or her idea for protection. The application must include a description of the invention, how it works, and how it will be used in order to be considered for review by the U.S Patent Office (USPO).
2) Patent search: Before submitting an application to USPO, there is typically a search done to see if anyone else has filed for a similar invention or if any patents have been issued on related inventions.
3) Examination: Once submitted, USPO will review the patent application and determine whether or not to grant.
Why Applying for a Patent is Important
Applying for a patent is important if you want to protect your invention. It is the only way to ensure that your idea will not be stolen by someone else. Even if you don’t intend to sell or manufacture your invention, it’s still worth protecting because of the potential future revenue it could generate.
The process of applying for a patent can be complicated, which is why many inventors choose to hire a patent attorney or agency, such as InventHelp. These professionals have the experience and knowledge of how to navigate the process and make sure that your application is successful.
The Available Types of Patents
A design patent can be used to protect the appearance of an article from being copied. Design patents are only available for certain types of articles including clothing, furniture, jewelry, and certain types of graphical images.
A provisional patent application filed within 12 months from the date that the invention was first disclosed publicly will serve as prior art against other inventors who file patents on the same invention during that 12-month period.