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How to get a patent to protect new inventions

By Edited Nov 15, 2015 1 2

People invent things all the time without knowing it, they often remember inventing something they see on TV. The problem is, unless you have a patent for your idea, you are missing out on some pretty serious money. People often disregard their ideas and sell themselves short. They don't think the invention will ever go anywhere, so they fail to capitalize on they're idea. Without protecting inventions, someone else profits from your idea.

Things You Will Need

pen and paper

Step 1

Find the right attorney. It's not very difficult to get a patent, but an attorney would be able to tell you whether or not you have an invention that meets the guidelines set by the USPTO. Depending on your budget and the amount of money you have available, it might benefit you to wait on this step and do the process yourself. The legal fees may be small compared to other cases, but it all depends on your budget.

Step 2

Find out if your invention qualifies for a patent. According to the guidelines set by the USPTO, your invention must be significantly helpful to society and must not be claimed by anyone else. In order to check this, you must go to the USPTO website and do an invention search to identify similar inventions.

Step 3

Make a working prototype to submit to companies. In order for your invention to make any money for you, it has to be in working condition. You can either hire an engineer to help you finish the project, or you can finish it yourself. If you can submit a complete prototype to companies in the related field of your product, you will start to see offers role in.

Step 4

Fill out the USPTO application. On the USPTO website, you will see an application for new inventions. Before you submit paperwork about your invention, you must have a working prototype and all the logistics on paper. Make sure all the information submitted is correct or you will have to re-submit the application.

Step 5

Submit paperwork to USPTO. In order for you to get a patent, you must submit all applications, prototype information and an overall plan of the invention to USPTO. Make sure all the information is correct before attempting to submit an application to the USPTO for review. It normally takes 3-6 months for approval, but they go by the date that you submitted your application. If someone tries to steal your idea, the USPTO will go by the dates of each application and make a decision as to who gets the patent.


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Jan 10, 2011 10:56pm
Thanks for sharing this interesting information on protecting patents.
Mar 6, 2011 5:00pm
TY for commenting :)
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