In the creative process of creating a new invention, there are inevitably certain blueprints and plans regarding the creation of that particular new product. These plans are crucial to the success of the invention because without them there would be little to guide the inventor and little to spur the creative juices within him.
Furthermore, the drawings, written instructions, exact measurements, and other instructions, plus all the associated facts should be created for record-making purposes. While much of the creative process involves the use of computers, a good book on how to create an invention is also highly recommended for all involved.
Such a book would contain not only specific recipes as well as procedures for the new product, but it would also include any technical blueprints or plans needed for the fabrication of the product, as well as any other materials needed for the successful manufacturing of the product.
When searching for a patent for your invention, it is advised that you first have your creation blueprint drawn up. By drawing up a detailed blueprint of your invention prior to filing a patent application, you will ensure that you receive full credit and merit for your creation should the patent examiner mark your patent as eligible for acceptance.
A patent search may ensue if the patent examiner allows the patent application to go forward without having first seen your blueprint drawings. Once the patent application is filed and approved the drawings will need to be submitted along with the rest of the paperwork necessary to complete the patenting process.
When applying for a design patent, it is important that you understand how patent law works. As with all laws and statutes, there are specific guidelines that must be followed.
The most basic principle governing designing a patent is that you must demonstrate to the patent examiner in a “clean and clear” way that your invention is not only original but also original and unique.
In addition, you must clearly describe your invention in a manner where others would be unable to patent an idea identical to yours. One way that many inventors attempt to follow this requirement is by setting up meetings with contact lens manufacturers prior to submitting their invention for patenting.
While these meetings can provide valuable information that can be used in drafting the patenting submission, it is important to remember that the contact lens manufacturers have no obligation to grant your patent.
If the contacts do not fit within the patenting requirements, there is no need to pay the inventor any money in order to contact them regarding licensing arrangements. While the goal of filing a patent application with the USPTO is to protect your invention from the competition, overly broad patent applications may result in a negative patenting outcome.
To avoid having your invention rejected, it is recommended that you work with a qualified patent attorney. Patent attorneys will be able to provide you with the appropriate advice based on the type of invention that you are filing. Furthermore, patent attorneys can help you determine whether public disclosure of your invention is required or not.
When deciding whether to file a nonprovisional patent application, it is recommended that you first obtain a patent license from the USPTO before you begin your invention submission. Once you receive your license, you should file a legal patent application with the USPTO.
If your invention is legally patentable, then you should submit your application to the USPTO along with a letter that certifies that your invention meets all of the invention requirements. If your application is found eligible, you will receive a registration number from the USPTO.
Once the registration number is received, you will have full rights to the name and permanent address of the registration and a start-up time period of one year from the date of filing the application. A utility patent, issued by the USPTO to cover a broad array of subject matter, allows inventors to legally protect their innovations.
For example, a medical doctor may create a medication for hemorrhoids and seek a patent for the invention. In this instance, the doctor’s utility patent would cover any new developments that relate to treating hemorrhoids.
The USPTO will not consider any invention that was disclosed before the patent was issued. Additionally, in most cases, a utility patent expires when the creator of the invention no longer utilizes the product or develops a product based on the invention within a defined time period.
One example of a utility patent is Carcinogenic Acid, a cancer cure that was developed by Erleucides, a Greek pharmaceutical giant. If your invention is considered patentable, you must file a legal patent application with the USPTO.
Once your patent application is filed, you should wait a minimum of one year from the date of filing to apply for a patent. If you do not file your patent application within the prescribed time, your patent will be denied. Now if this sounds overwhelming, see more about helping new inventors in this informative video.
In addition to filing a legal patent application, an inventor may choose to submit a US patent specification and disclosure in addition to a patent application. Although a patent specification and disclosure are not as essential as a legally construed patent application, they can have a greater bearing on the patentability of your invention.