So you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and file for a patent application yourself. Congratulations! You’ve made it over the first hurdle of becoming an inventor: Taking action on your idea. The next thing is you’ll need is a feel for the structure of a patent application. For the sake of this posting, we’ll make the likely assumption that you want to patent a device or … [Read more...] about Want to patent an idea? Here’s what you need to know…
One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is “How much does a patent cost?” Well, that’s like asking “How much does a house cost?” or “How much does a car cost?”. Of course, it all depends on the house or car. The same is true regarding a patent. Will you be using a patent attorney to draft and prosecute your patent? (That, in itself, will add up to many thousands of … [Read more...] about How much does a patent cost?
Free patent searches are just a click away. A US patent search is an early, prerequisite step in the process of filing a patent application. The primary intent of a patent search is to find out if anyone has previously invented your idea. However, especially for a new inventor, the costs for hiring a patent attorney (or a patent-search company) to conduct the patent search … [Read more...] about Free US patent search & The secrets that will save you time and money
Did you know that there are three primary types of patents? They are utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. Utility patents are the ones most commonly sought, and what most people are referring to when they say they have “patented” their invention. Utility patents cover things that function in some way to create a new utility. Mechanical devices, electronics, … [Read more...] about Three types of patents. How to choose the right one for your invention
A common question is how long do patents last? In the U.S., utility patents and plant patents are valid for 20 years after their filing date. (This slightly longer change in duration came about in June 1995. Utility patents filed before that date are valid for 17 years from their issue date.) As for the third type of patent, a design patent, this patent type is valid for 14 … [Read more...] about How long does a patent last?