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New Inventions and Patents
If you have a new invention that is sure to take the world by storm, then you need to patent the invention as soon as possible in order to protect its integrity and your ownership for the lifetime of the patent. There are some things you will need to know about patents before you get started.
Generally, when you begin the patent process you will need the advice of an attorney to ensure all is being executed properly. If not, you will be risking your invention or someone else might steal the idea. A patent is a legal document, so it must be filed and go through the system which does take a considerable amount of time and money.
Another important tip is to know what things are available for patenting and what are not. For instance, all technology and products that are new and offer a use to the public are allowed to apply for a patent. However, if you have invented new words, works of art, music, or similar items you will need to talk to an attorney about applying for a copyright or trademark. Different inventions are protected in different ways, but if you have a new technology or product then a patent is what you need.
Once you know a patent is what you need to protect your invention you will need to apply for the patent through a long application. This requires demonstrating significant knowledge of your invention and answering many questions. Then, once you file your patent petition you will have to wait a while for the patent committee to go over all other patents in order to ensure you are applying for a new and useful invention. Then, when your patent petition is approved you will have the sole rights to produce your invention to sell to the public for 20 years, which is the normal life of a patent.
Although, before you are approved for a patent for your product or technology make sure you do not share this information, sell or demonstrate it to the public because you will be giving up your right to apply for a patent. So, if you have new technology or products make sure you do not share the information with anyone in order to protect yourself and your invention.
Then, when you have your patent you will be able to start production. However, try to include the patent number on your products in order to reduce the risk of someone infringing on your patent.
One last piece of advice is to get an attorney to help you with the process. This is because the patent process is long, tedious, expensive, and can be confusing at times. Using an experienced patent attorney can help speed up the process and offer guidance during the process. Also, few applications for patents that are filed by individuals without the help of an attorney are unsuccessful because the forms are not filled out correctly. If you are really serious about filing for a patent and producing your invention, then talk to an attorney today.