You have a new idea / invention that you want to bring to market. You believe your invention changes the globe, aid others in some way or perhaps simply provide entertainment and pleasure. It’s likely you want to safeguard it.
If you’re able to obtain a patent, you will own the to prevent others from making, using or selling your invention. Although it’s possible to file a patent application without needing an attorney, the lengthy, confusing aspects of the patent process may make you wish you had. Between knowledge, expertise and commitment, a patent attorney supplies the reliable help you may need to securely maximize the rights to your invention.
Attorney aid gives you peace of mind
Multiple benefits exist for inventors to employ a patent law firm attorney.
Attorneys demonstrate at least five qualities that assist in the acquisition of a strong patent (or patents):
1. Expertise: Licensed patent attorneys offer important expertise. To become patent attorney and represent an inventor prior to US Patent Office, one must have at least an undergraduate degree in engineering or science, in addition to having a law degree. Understanding the two legal aspects of obtaining a patent and having the ability to understand and make clear the underlying technology are critical to getting a patent that will have value.
2. Process knowledge: As many patent attorneys focus only on patent and trademarks, they understand the procedure that the patent must go through to get to approval. Patent approval takes on average two years, and missing deadlines and/or overlooking key requirements will only extend the time (or entirely cause the loss of patent rights) from conceiving your invention to obtaining a granted patent.
3. Dealing with complexity: The patent process is, unfortunately, quite complex, which is strewn with potential land mines that, if not avoided, can lead to losing legal rights. An experienced patent legal professional can help you navigate the mine field.
4. Legal advice: Since a patent legal professional will need to understand your invention plus your business goals and/or plans for commercialization, they will provide you with advice on other aspects of the patent process, such as which kind of patent to obtain, whether to file a provisional patent application, timing requirements, the partnership of filing the application to publicizing your invention, non-disclosure agreements, and other related subjects.
5. Preparation and execution: Patent attorneys need to be organized and diligent in preparing and filing patent-related documents, and tracking and meeting deadlines.
While it is possible to file a patent application by yourself, it’s also possible to carry out surgery on yourself. But few of us would do so – instead it’s better to rely on someone with the knowledge, and experience, to guide you through a challenging process.