The author of this website is an inventor of a woodworking device, as well as several other tools. since they were not patented, I got to watch as others profited from these ideas. Detemined not to have this happen again meant spending a great deal of time on the USPTO web site in an effort to save some money.
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How to get a patent is one of the first questions an inventor must ask. Once this information is learned, it becomes a matter of deciding if a patent is the right way to procede. Sometimes, it is just not worth the time and financial investment required to gat a patent.
Getting a Provisional Patent is a great way to save a considerable amount of money, while "testing the market waters". It provides a year of protection to determine if filing a Non Provisional Patent is a worthwhile endeavour.
Knowing the jargon used by the patent professionals will greatly enhance your abilities to find your way around.
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How to Search Existing Patents. There are a number of steps involved in doing a patent search. Here you can get free patent search advice. This list will explain the process in a methodical fashion.
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Kind Codes are used to distinguish the kind of patent document, and the level of publication of an application.
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Conducting a patent search is a complicated process but can be done online for patents from 1976 on. The Patent Office has been making great progress in modernizing their facilities and procedures to streamline the process as much as possible.
There are only three different patent catagories. Utility, Design and Plant.
Links directly to the source from the USPTO. Patent Forms, Patent Application Information,
Patent Search Data Base Electronic Filing Links and more.
There are a number of commonly asked questions regarding getting a patent. Knowing the answers can save you a small fortune.
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The USPTO uses many forms, each for a specific purpose. Many of these form are available online, and a growing number of them can actually be completed and filed online.
What can be Patented. Patent Law clearly states what qualifies for a patent. The subjects and conditions for being granted a patent are governed by these laws. Using these specicications brings you that much closer to qualifying to be awarded a patent.
A patent by definition is a acknowledgement of propery rights to an inventor, for a specific invention. They are issued by the USPTO, after rigorous searches in the patent archieves, verifying that no infringements on existing patents are made.