Patent Law Resources
It is my hopes that these resources aid you in improving our world through your innovative ideas!
1. How to Patent an Idea
While I could go on for pages about the answer to “How to Get a Patent for an Idea” (and I actually do here), the real answer to this question is: you can’t.
That’s right, you can’t get a patent for an “idea” alone, not even the best idea in the world!
Only inventions are worthy of patent protection, and while some may think this is a vague distinction between ideas and inventions, I’m going to point out the key differences, and I think it’s a perfect place to start the glorious topic that I have dedicated my career to and fallen in love with: How to get a patent for an invention.
2. How to do a Patent Search
Doing a patent search is often times the most difficult part of the patent process.
It’s most difficult because it’s often a very daunting task.
It’s not very glamorous, it’s not as exciting as the process of how to get a patent for an idea, and it requires digging through hundreds if not thousands of publications to assess the merits of an invention.
You’ve got to face your fears that there may be something else out there in the world like your invention, and someone may have thought of it before.
It’s stressful having to stop and do research before taking exciting action (like filing a patent application) because you think that someone else is on the verge of filing a patent application on the same invention.
However, I can’t think of a more rewarding process!
Take a look here on how to do a patent search.
3. How Much does a Patent Cost?
After a new idea is born, you may ask yourself: “How much does it cost to file a patent?”
Patents cost somewhere between $750 – $40,000+ dollars… In this article we dive into the specifics.
Like most questions, the answer is only as good as the question that was asked.
So if you’re just asking, “How much does it cost to file a patent?”, then you’re actually going to get the USPTO fees that are required to pay the government as they prepare to file.
And don’t forget: just because you file a patent application doesn’t mean that it will be granted. Over 90% of all patent applications are rejected at least once.
A slightly better question is: How much does it cost to file a patent application?
4. How to Patent a Design
Are you looking to patent a new idea? Are you wondering how to protect the way it looks and prevent copycats?
Well, a design patent may just be what you’re looking for.
There is a specific process that should be taken to file a design patent application properly. I’ve laid out the details here in an easy-to-follow 10 step format.
You have no excuses now! Let’s get started: How to patent a design.
5. How to File a Provisional Patent
Ok – so at this point you’ve hopefully figured out whether your idea is an invention or if it’s still in the idea stage? You’ve also hired a Patent Attorney or done the homework yourself to confirm that your idea is patentable?
If so, you are ready to learn how to file a patent application! Keep reading!
If not, and you can’t undeniably answer the question, can I patent my idea, please stop right now and read through my blog article: How to Patent an Idea in 13 Steps.
Yes, you… please go back and read it over!
I would hate for you to spend all this time and money filing your application only to learn your idea is not patentable.
Blog Article: How to Patent an Idea in 13 Steps
Seriously, doing the hard work to confirm whether your invention is eligible, patentable, and marketable, is MEGA important.
I can’t stress this enough. Ok – I’ve said my piece. Back to this article – but just in case you missed it, here is the link again, believe me – you’ll thank me later!
Ok now let’s get to it! Let’s roll up our sleeves. And if you don’t have sleeves, crack your knuckles or something- it’s time to learn how to file a provisional patent application.
First, I will go through exactly what you need to gather and describe in order to file your patent application. Then, in the final step (Step 13), I’ll go over how to properly submit the documents, so make sure you read all the way through! Read about how to file a provisional patent.
6. How Long does it Take to Get a Patent
Yes, as many legal answers begin, “it depends”…
…But, our clients and I almost always agree it takes WAY TOO LONG!
Don’t despair, there are a lot of things that you, the inventor, and us as your Patent Attorney can do to speed this process up and make things as efficient as possible while the case is pending at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
In this article, I’ll help make sure to answer this question with as little fluff and frills as possible, but also while delivering the details you need to really understand how long it will take so you and your business can make plans accordingly. Read about how long it takes to get a patent.
7. How to File a Non-Provisional Patent
In order to file a non-provisional utility patent application, you need to first file a provisional patent application.
Think of a non-provisional as the final lap around the race.
Before you run your race you need to prep (determine patentability), train (do a patent search), prepare (file your provisional patent) and finally, you can wrap it all up by filing your non-provisional utility patent.
Therefore, it is important to first read my blog article on the 13-Steps on How to File a Provisional Patent Application.
If you have already done that! Perfect, let’s get to learning the last 3 steps to file your non-provisional utility patent application.
8. Utility Patent Vs. Design Patent
Many companies and inventors seeking patent protection often wonder what type of patent to file for.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear that there are only two main types of patents granted by the U.S. Patent Office: design patents and utility patents.
There is a third type, called plant patents, that will not be discussed in this article.
In general terms, a “utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a “design patent” protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171). – USPTO.gov
Determining which type of patent to file for is one of the most crucial decisions for an inventor in receiving adequate protection for their inventions. Read about the differences between utility patents and design patents.