Advice on Patents
So , you've invented
Getting a Patent!
For most individuals the invention is the
Most people who have invented a product, did so in response to a problem or
recurring annoyance. With necessity being the mother of invention, they try to find a solution that will
eliminate the difficulty, or at least make it easier to deal with.
actually the easy part. That's due to the fact the problem is self explanatory. After all, it's easy to tell what
the difficulty is, or where the most time is lost.
Now you've worked out all the bugs, made a working
prototype, and dealt with the naysayers. It should be a simple matter of visiting a patent
attorney for a minute to get some advice on patents.
He's given you some practical patent information
and a few money saving patent tips. You leave there, confident in his abilities to save money on
It's almost as though he knows someone in the patent
office! He's even going to do the patent search online to save some time. Who knew you could work with the patent
You may as well head to a local beer distributer and
pick up a six pack to take home and celebrate your good fortune. The patent is as good as gotten.
Now's a good time to start planing your investment
funds. The phone is probably already ringing from companies wanting to offer you millions for your invention. Ah,
life is good!
As an individual inventor, the tough part is just about to start. It is
quite difficult to know where to begin. There is an incredible amount of
questions to be answered regarding protection of your idea or product. There are even more answers than questions,
some good, some not so good. This site is dedicated to providing the answers needed about how to get a
Unfortunately, most inventors are generally
not educated in the area of patenting a product. Most have no clue where to start. After all most inventions
made by individuals are somewhat accidental.
Even though they were searching for an answer, or solution to make their life easier,
often the results are doubtful, even to the inventor. Why do you think it's not called WD-39? Forty attempts to get
the formula right. Most people would give up after twenty, or two!
What is even far less likely, is that the inventor will have even a remote idea of
what to do next. This is hardly what they teach in high school.
Learning the patent process
is not learned quickly, or by using the same strengths you used in the inventing
The amount of time required to learn the process is considerable. The information is
specialized enough that even most attorneys aren't licensed to provide patent
That is not to say they aren't smart enough to qualify. It simply means that they didn't
choose to enter this area of law, so haven't jumped through the hoops required to get licensed for this area of
The United States Patent Office provides a list of qualified patent
attorneys. They do not endorse or recommend any of them, or at least aren't supposed
layman, it is a difficult and very time consuming process. The sheer size of the Patent Office web site is an
intimidating and extensive amount of information to sift through.
So for many inventors, it becomes a matter of opening a phone book, doing an
internet search, or stumbling across a late night infomercial.
That amounts to placing your financial well
being in the hands of what is usually a complete
stranger. Unless of course you're fortunate enough
to have a patent attorney in the family, you really are at the
mercy of the attorney, or invention promotion service.
Based on the comments on the USPTO, (United
States Patent and Trademark Office), website, an area to avoid is falling for one of these "invention promotion
services". While some are legitimate, many are not. The patent office is not able to help you in any way with
difficulties arising from using these services. You're on your own.
Now the Good
Armed with some readily available information, you can be a little more at ease about the process. Although finding
those bits of information can take tens or even hundreds of hours.
There are a number of processes considered
standard operating procedures, for many Patent Attorneys. This is a result of them streamlining the process to
enable them to handle greater volume. It is their lively hood after all. And in the interest of self preservation,
it's not always the best or cheapest way to go for the inventor.
Some of the streamlining process is
nothing short of throwing your hard earned money away. Again, "BUYER
There are no industry standards or regulations
regarding what can be charged for the services provided by any patenting agent.
© Lee A. Jesberger - 2008