Introduction and types of patent – Various types of ideas can be patented. Anything that has a function or use can be patented. Also, patent protection can cover many (but not all) types of business methods, most types of applications, new methods and processes, new chemicals and compounds, and new materials or new uses of old materials. Where the invention is for a design feature or an ornamental cover or casing, as an example, then a design patent is the best means of protecting the invention. The way to get Inventhelp Patent Services, and how to patent a design, is explained in a separate section below.
How you can Patent an Idea – An idea can best be protected with a utility patent application. This can be sometimes called a “regular” patent application. The idea can be explained in words and, if at all possible, by drawings. The drawings do not need to become like blueprints; instead, they may be simplified and do not usually have to exhibit conventional features. And, it is really not necessary to have a working model.
Just before getting into the details, we wish to point out that addititionally there is something referred to as a “provisional patent application” discussed hereunder. It gives patent pending status for starters year, permitting a utility patent application to get filed anytime during that year. That is certainly a different way to get a patent. The provisional application is far less expensive than a utility patent application, and can be recommended if you have an urgent want to get a patent application on file with all the US Patent Office. As an example, just prior to a trade show or publication in the invention, it comes with an urgent have to have the concept on file with all the US Patent Office. For more information, see the section below called “How you can patent using a provisional patent application.”
Here’s a basic example showing how you can patent an understanding for a simple and amusing invention. The simple idea: put in a blinking light to some pencil eraser. For the moment, we aren’t focused on whether it has been done before; we might discover that out using a patent search when we wished. Right now, the idea will be expressed in words inside the Inventhelp Prototype Service, written just as above. And, because it is easy to illustrate the idea in a drawing, we might also give a sketch showing where light needs to be placed on the eraser. What else should be shown? The sunshine needs to have an electric power source, for example a small solar panel or even a small battery, and connecting wires should be shown connecting the power source towards the light. Then, text is put into the patent application by describing the parts shown inside the drawings, explaining possible uses and advantages, and mentioning possible alternatives which are contained in the invention such as various types of light sources such as LEDs, incandescent bulbs, phosphorescent lighting, and so on.
Next, claims is included in describe the invention broadly, like the following:
Claim 1: A pencil eraser using a light, comprising: a pencil body; an eraser member attached at one end from the pencil body; a mild source mounted on the eraser; as well as a power source linked to supply power to the sunshine source.
Standard text will be added including sections titled: background of the invention; summary of the invention; description in the drawings; plus an abstract in the disclosure. They are not usually hard to do, but may take some time.
Then, a Declaration is ready showing the name in the inventor and title of the invention. This is from the standard form provided by the united states Patent Office.
Last, a cover page together with a Transmittal sheet is prepared, listing what exactly is being filed using the US Patent Office. The Transmittal page normally includes a check for the volume of the US government filing fee, and a postcard filing receipt. The check could be omitted, as can the signed Declaration, but if so the US Patent Office will be sending a notice requesting those items plus a relatively small late fee.
The drawings may or may not be accepted as filed. If not accepted, the US Patent Office sends a notice, and sets an occasion period for submitting the formal drawings. A specially skilled draftsman normally prepares the formal drawings, considering that the US Patent Office has very specific and detailed requirements for your drawings. We work together with this kind of skilled patent draftsman, to supply the formal drawings.
The applying is examined through the US Patent Office. If granted, the application matures in to a utility patent. A granted utility patent can be enforced in the courtroom, and it may be assigned and licensed too.
If you call or email us, we would be glad to discuss your invention or idea. There is not any charge for discussing how you can patent your idea or invention. Sometimes we could produce an understanding of how to manufacture or market the invention, based upon our experiences. We can sort out negotiating with potential distributors, investors, and licensees. We are able to explain how to get a patent, how to patent your ideas, the expenses involved, as well as any other issues of great interest to you. We can explain what will help, and also the lowest cost ways to get the appropriate protection. This really is at no charge, and that we like speaking with inventors.
At this point we are able to offer a fixed fee estimate, according to your description of your own idea. In some cases, we will need to see more details such as a drawing or a written description, that could assist us form an accurate fixed fee estimate. Which is all confidential. At that time, if you wish to proceed further, you would then provide one half the vsbkfg amount ahead of time; we prepare the draft application and paperwork; then you certainly send one other one half of the charge once you have approved a final draft which you feel is ready for filing with the Inventor Ideas.
We would enjoy helping you receive a patent! And, if you want, we are able to give our comments based on our own experience on how to commercialize the invention, including suggestions on manufacturing, marketing, and attracting investors.