There is a lot of competition in the field today. Whether it is in the business sector, formal work set up or any place, competition is everywhere. So, if you have a new idea or want to come up with a new invention, you should patent your idea or invention so that no one else could use your idea to come up with a new thing in the market. Patenting an idea is not an easy thing, this is because it requires one to follow some steps to patent your idea or invention fully. This article discusses the guidelines on how to fully protect your idea or invention.
The first step that one has to follow hen patenting his or her idea or invention is to do a patent search. Before you file a patent application, it is compulsory that you do a patent search. The reason why patent searching is important is that it will help you to know if the idea or invention you want to protect t has already been patented b someone else. All ideas and inventions which already are patented cannot be patent again by the same person or a different person. Due to that reason, before filing the patent application, one should do a thorough patent search to avoid protecting the idea which already had been protected. This will aid one from being accused of infringement.
The next thing to observe when filing a patent application is developing the concept. In this step of developing the concept, one has to come up with the unique features or methods which will make the idea different from others which have existed before or others to come. It should be noted that the overall concept cannot be protected but only the unique method which make the overall concept. For instance, it is impossible to patent a hedge trimmer, but you can patent the motor or the blade arrangement which make your hedge trimmer unique.
The next thing to observe after developing the concept and before the patent filing is patent drafting. After you are certain that your idea is unique and has never been patented by anyone else, then you can proceed to draft your patent. Therefore, after confirming that all are good, you will have to hire a patent lawyer to complete the procedure and make it official as per the requirement of the law.
The final step is knowing the patent filing. This procedure should also be the lawyer who helped you in patent drafting, and it is done via post to the patent filing office or online via the company’s website. The filing is done to the registered patent filling office. After filing the application, the applicant will have 12 months to expand out the application to other countries so as to achieve international patent protection.