Why you need a lawyer to assist in filing a US Patent

Have you ever bought something simple like, let’s say a bicycle lock, and you lost it and had to go out and buy a replacement? You can’t remember the design or brand you had, so you just grab something off the shelf and upon using it you immediately notice it doesn’t lock as smoothly as the first brand you had. You bitterly wish the designers had the courtesy to offer a product as simple as the previous one you owned.

Chances are the company would love to offer you the same ease, but that first company had a patent on their product that forbids competitors from using the same locking system and encroaching on their hard-earned market gain. Having a professional by your side like InventHelp agency will ensure you have all your bases covered when filing a patent, as there are some loopholes that poachers can find unless your patent is ironclad and examined under the legal microscope.

Where to start

There are several lawyers to choose from, and searching for one can be a daunting task and take lots of time. One clear-cut way of finding a good partnering service is to see what others are saying about them on social media platforms. For example, online users can read reviews and get first-hand reports from firms that reveal how the company’s representation helped grow their business.

A sound business investment

A company’s valuation can be summed up by its patent portfolio. Investors, customers and members of the media are always impressed when a business reports a portfolio brimming with patents that are both filed and pending. Therefore, any entrepreneur or venture capitalist will embrace patent preparation and filing and legal costs as a necessary and vital part of their marketing budget.

In your corner from the start

One of the inevitable annoyances that plague business owners is when another company encroaches on one of their patents. The lawyer who helped you file your patent will already be familiar with your product and all its specs, and will know just how to protect your business. Having a lawyer or an patenting agency such as InventHelp to help you establish clear ownership will save you time and money that you would otherwise spend your self with out legal representation.

Where to Patent an Idea

If you have an original idea that you believe merits a patent, you will need to file an application for the appropriate patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This is where you can apply to patent an idea for a utility, design, or plant patent.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office falls under the U.S. Department of Commerce and its role is to grant patents to protect original inventions, as well as to register trademarks. It is responsible for preserving, classifying, and disseminating patent information, which helps our nation progress both technologically and industrially, as well as helps strengthen our economy.

People often confuse a patent with a trademark or copyright. A patent is a formal grant of a property right to the person who has an original invention. To be clear, this does not give you the exclusive right to manufacture, use, sell, or import your invention, rather it prohibits other people from manufacturing, using, selling, or importing your invention outside of the United States.

A new patent is generally good for 20 years after the date the original patent application was filed with the USPTO. Once the USPTO issues you a patent, it is your responsibility to enforce it, without their help, as they have no jurisdiction over purported infringement or enforcing your patent. Of course you can always hire professional assistance from a patent agency such as InventHelp to guide you.

People also tend to misunderstand the fact that a mere idea or suggestion cannot be patented. You must have a thorough description of the subject matter you are seeking to patent. The patent law also states with specificity that your invention must be “useful” in that it has a useful purpose, including its operativeness. Be advised that under the Atomic Energy Act, enacted in 1954, you are prohibited from patenting an invention that is to be used exclusively for utilizing atomic energy for an atomic weapon, or special nuclear material.

There are three types of patents:

  • A utility patent is for the original invention or discovery of a machine, process, composition of matter, or product to be manufactured, or any new improvement to any of these that you believe will prove useful.
  • A design patent is for the invention of any new, ornate design for an article to be manufactured, which is your original idea.
  • A plant patent is for the invention or discovery of an unequivocally new type of plant. You must first have asexually reproduced your new plant before applying for the patent.

The application process for utility and design patents can be accomplished online at uspto.gov using the EFS-Web feature, which will assist you in submitting your PDF format application documents as was very well elaborated in this article on https://www.tmcnet.com/topics/articles/2018/06/13/438460-how-inventhelp-change-business-destiny.htm too.