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What is a patent?
A patent is issued by the government to protect the invention. The patent grants the inventor the sole right to create, use and market the invention. Society gains when new technologies are introduced to market. These benefits may be directly realized as people are able to accomplish feats previously unattainable as well as indirectly through the economic benefits which innovation can bring (business growth, jobs).
Many pharmaceutical companies and researchers at universities seek protection under patents for their research and developments. Patents can be granted to a product, process, or method of creating new materials. Patent protection has to be granted to any invention that is valuable or novel and is not previously known to others in the same area.
Patents reward inventors who have commercially successful inventions. They are an incentive to inventors to create. Small companies and inventors can rest assured that they will get the most return from the investment they make in technology development via patents. They could earn a decent income from their work.
Businesses that have the capacity to:
Create and protect innovative products and services;
Improve the value, the popularity, and appeal of your products on the market;
Stand out and differentiate yourself and your product from the competition.
Access business and technical expertise and data;
Avoid the risk of accidentally using third-party proprietary content, or losing important information, creative outputs, or another creative output.
Patents transform inventors’ information into a tradeable asset that opens up new possibilities for employment creation and business expansion by licensing or joint ventures.
Small-scale businesses with patent protection are more appealing to investors in the commercialization and development of technology.
Patenting can lead to the development of innovative ideas and inventions. The information you create may be eligible for protection under patents.
Patents can be used to stop untrustworthy third-party companies from earning through the work of inventions.
Revenues from patent-protected technology that are commercially successful can be used to fund technological research and development (R&D), which will boost the likelihood of improved technology in the coming years.
Intellectual property ownership is a way to convince lenders and investors that there are real chances to commercialize your product. Sometimes, a single patent could open the door to multiple financing opportunities. Patents and other IP assets as collateral or security to secure financing. Investors can also see your patent assets to increase their company valuation. Forbes and others have noted that each patent can increase between $500,000 and a million dollars in company valuation.
Start-ups require a well-constructed business plan that builds on the IP to show that your product or service is distinctive, superior, or innovative. Investors will also be impressed if you can show that your IP rights are secured or are in progress of being secure and that they are in line with your business strategy.
It is crucial to protect an invention before applying for patent protection. Making an invention public before filing it is often detrimental to its originality and render it unpatentable. Thus, disclosures that are filed prior to filing (e.g. for testing-marketing investors, test-marketing, or any other business partners) should only be made upon signing a confidentiality contract.
There are several types of patents, and understanding these is vital to safeguard your invention. Utility patents are for inventions and processes that are new. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Utility patents are the best since they protect the proprietor from copycats and other competition. Frequently they are granted for alterations or improvements on existing inventions. Utility patents also cover improvements and changes in existing inventions. For example, a process patent will be able to cover actions or methods of performing an action, while chemical compositions are an assortment of components.
What is the length of time a patent will last? Although utility patents last for 20 years from the date of their earliest filing, they may be extended by delays at the patent office.
Are you considering the patenting of your idea? Since patents are only granted to applicants who file first You must make your application quickly. Contact an attorney for patents at PatentPC to protect your idea now!
When drafting an application for patents it is recommended to conduct an internet search for patents, since the search can provide an understanding of other people’s ideas. It will help you limit the scope of your idea. Also, you can find out about the technological advancements in the field you’re inventing. You’ll have a better idea of what your invention should be and be better prepared to write your patent application.
How to Search for Patents
The first step to get the patent you want is to do an internet search for patents. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Patent-pending is the name used to describe the product protected by the patent application. You can use for the public pair to locate the patent application. When the patent office is satisfied with your application, you will be able to do a patent number look to locate the issued patent. Your product will then be patented. You can also utilize the USPTO search engine. Read on for more details. A patent lawyer or patent attorney can advise you on the procedure. Patents granted in the United States are granted by the US trademark and patent office, also known as the United States patent office and trademark office. This office also reviews trademark applications.
Are you interested in finding similar patents? Here are the steps you should follow:
1. Think of terms to describe your invention based on the intention, composition, and use.
Write down a concise detailed explanation of your invention. Don’t use generic terms like “device”, “process” or “system”. Instead, think about synonyms for the terms you initially chose. Next, take note of significant technical terms, as well as key words.
Use the questions below to help you determine the keywords or concepts.
- What’s the goal of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Is the invention a method of creating something or performing a function? Does it constitute a product?
- What is the structure of the invention? What is the physical composition of the invention?
- What is the goal of this invention?
- What are the technical terms and keywords that describe the essence of an invention? To assist you in finding the appropriate terms, use the technical dictionary.
2. These terms will enable you to search for pertinent Cooperative Patent Classifications on the Classification Search Tool. If you’re not able to find the right classification to describe your invention, look through the classification’s class Schemas (class schedules). If you don’t see any results using the Classification Text Search, you may want to consider replacing the words for describing your invention with synonyms.
3. Go through the CPC Classification Definition for confirmation of the CPC classification you found. If the selected classification title has a blue box with a “D” at its left, clicking on the hyperlink will take you to a CPC classification’s description. CPC classification definitions will help determine the relevant classification’s scope which is why you can be sure to select the most appropriate. These definitions may also include research tips or other suggestions that can be useful for further study.
4. The Patents Full-Text Database and the Image Database allow you to search for patent documents that have the CPC classification. By focusing on the abstracts and illustrations, you can narrow down your search to find the most relevant patent publications.
5. This collection of patent publications is the best to examine for similarities to your invention. Pay attention to the claims and specification. Contact the applicant as well as the patent examiner for additional patents.
6. Find patent applications published in the public domain using the CPC classification you selected in Step 3 of the Applications Full-Text and Image Database. The similar search strategy can be employed as Step 4. You can filter your search results in order to locate the most relevant patent applications by looking over the abstracts as well as the drawings on every page. After that, take a close look at the patent applications that have been published and pay particular attention to the claims and additional drawings.
7. You can look up other US patent publications by keyword searching in AppFT or PatFT databases, and the classification search of patents that are not issued in the United States as per below. Also, you can utilize web search engines to search non-patent patent disclosures in literature about inventions. Here are a few examples:
- Add keywords to your search. Keyword searches may turn up documents that are not well-categorized or have missed classifications during Step 2. For example, US patent examiners often supplement their classification searches with keyword searches. Think about the use of technical engineering terminology rather than everyday words.
- Search for foreign patents using the CPC classification. Then, re-run the search using international patent office search engines such as Espacenet, the European Patent Office’s worldwide patent publication database of over 130 million patent publications. Other national databases include:
- European Patent Office (EPO) provides esp@cenet to access a network of Europe’s patent databases with access to machine translation of European patents.
- Japan Patent Office (JPO) – with access to machine translations of Japanese patents.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) offers PATENTSCOPE with a full-text search of published international patent applications and machine translations for some documents, as well as a list of international patent databases.
- Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS)
- State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) with machine translation of Chinese patents.
- Other International Intellectual Property Offices with online patent databases include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
- Search non-patent literature. Inventions can be made public in many non-patent publications. It is recommended that you search journals, books, websites, technical catalogs, conference proceedings, and other print and electronic publications.
To review your search, you can hire a registered patent attorney to assist. A preliminary search will help one better prepare to talk about their invention and other related inventions with a professional patent attorney. In addition, the attorney will not spend too much time or money on patenting basics.