Patents are intellectual property that protects inventions.
In the United States, patents are issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent rights apply to any new invention that is useful, novel, non-obvious and can be made or used in a practical way – including processes, machines, products and compositions of matter.
Patents are available for both physical products and processes. Patents on physical products protect the actual product itself from being copied or imitated by others. The patent owner has the exclusive right to make, use and sell the patented invention for 20 years from application date in most countries (including the U.S.).
Inventors usually try to apply for a patent them selves because they know their invention better than anyone else. But, without professional help from a patent agency, such as Invent Help, this process can be confusing and time-consuming. The patent agency will walk you through the process step by step, make sure everything is done correctly and file your application with the U.S. Patent Office.
If you are an inventor and are considering applying for a patent yourself, there are many things to consider before starting. You should know that it can be a lot of work, and you’re going to need patience.
For example, you will have to make sure that your invention is unique and not already in use somewhere else. You will also have to search for prior art in order to make sure that no one else has already patented something similar. You need to know if your invention is eligible for a patent. If not, it’s better to move on and look for another idea that is patentable. You also need to understand the process of applying for a patent so you can avoid making any costly mistakes along the way.
You may also want to consider hiring a patent attorney or a patent agency like InventHelp to help with the application process. They can provide valuable guidance and advice on how best to proceed with your idea.