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What is a patent?
Patents are granted by the government in order to protect the invention. The patent grants the inventor the rights to develop, use and sell the invention. Society benefits when new technology is introduced to market. The benefits can be in direct terms, as it may allow people to accomplish previously unattainable things. Or indirectly due to the opportunities for economic growth (business growth and employment) that the innovation offers.
Patent protection is sought by many universities and pharmaceutical companies for research and development. Patents may cover the physical or abstract nature of a product or process, or a method or composition of material new to the field. Patent protection has to be granted to an invention that is beneficial unique, innovative, and not yet known by other people in the same field.
Patents recognize and reward inventors for their commercially profitable inventions. They provide a reason for inventors to come up with new ideas. Small-scale businesses and inventors can rest certain that they will receive an excellent return on their investment in the field of technology development. They can earn money by their work.
Patents play essential roles in firms and can be used to:
Create and protect innovative products and services;
Increase the visibility and value of your products ‘ presence on the market
Stand out and differentiate yourself and your product from others.
Find out about business and technical information.
Avoid the risk of accidentally using proprietary third-party content, or losing valuable data, original outputs, or any other innovative output.
Patents convert knowledge of the inventor into a valuable asset which opens up new opportunities for job creation through joint ventures and licensing.
Investors in the commercialization and development of technology will find small businesses with patent protection more appealing.
Patenting can lead to innovative ideas and inventions. This information could encourage creativity and could be eligible to be protected by patents.
Patents can be used to stop untrustworthy third-party companies from earning through the work of inventions.
The profits from technology patents that are successful and commercially viable can be used to fund research and development (R&D), which will boost the likelihood of improved technology in the future.
Intellectual property ownership is a way to convince investors and lenders that there are real opportunities to commercialize your product. One powerful patent may provide multiple financing opportunities. Patents and other IP assets can be used as collateral or security to finance debt. Investors are also able to view your patent assets to boost the value of their company. Forbes and others have pointed out that every patent could add between $500,000 and one million dollars to company valuation.
Startups require a well-constructed business plan that leverages the IP to demonstrate that your product or service is unique and superior or ingenuous. Investors will also be impressed if you can prove that your IP rights are secure or in the process of becoming secure, and that they align with your business strategy.
It is important to keep an invention secret until you submit to protect it with patents. A public disclosure of an invention could often damage its novelty and render it invalid. Therefore, pre-filing disclosures (e.g. for testing-marketing investors, test-marketing, or any other business partners) should only be filed upon signing a confidentiality contract.
There are many types of patents. Understanding them is crucial to protect your invention. Utility patents protect new techniques and machines. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Utility patents are the most effective and shield the owner from copies and competitors. Most often they are granted for improvements or modifications to existing inventions. They can also be used to improve or modify existing inventions. For instance, a procedure patent will cover acts or methods of performing an action, while chemical compositions will comprise the combination of ingredients.
What is the typical length of patents? Patents that are utility-related last for 20 years after the initial filing dates, but their expirations are able to be extended due to patent office delays such as.
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Patent searches are an essential step when you’re writing an application for patent. This will allow you to see different ideas and give you an understanding of their potential. This allows you to limit the scope of your invention. Also, you can learn about the state of the art within your field of invention. You’ll get a better understanding of what your invention ought to be, and you’ll be better prepared for writing your patent application.
How to Search for Patents
Patent searches are the first step in obtaining your patent. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Once the patent application is filed, the item that is covered by the patent application could be referred to as patent-pending and you can find the patent application on a public pair. Once the patent office has approved your application, you’ll be able to do an examination of the patent number to find the patent issued. Your product now has the potential to be patentable. Alongside the USPTO search engine, you may also use other search engines, such as espacenet, as detailed below. It is possible to seek help from an attorney who is a patent or patent attorney. In the US Patents are granted by the US patent and trademark office, or the United States patent and trademark office, which also examines trademark applications.
Are you looking for similar patents? These are the steps:
1. Brainstorm terms that describe your invention based on the purpose, composition and usage.
Write down a concise, but precise description of the invention. Do not use generic terms such as “device,” “process,” and “system.” Instead, think about synonyms for the terms you chose initially. Also, make note of key technical terms and keywords.
Use the questions below to help you find keywords or concepts.
- What is the purpose of the invention Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Is the invention a method of making something or carrying out an action? Does it constitute an object?
- What is the nature and purpose of the invention? What is the physical structure of the invention?
- What is the purpose of this invention?
- What are technical terms and terms that describe the characteristics of an invention? To help you find the appropriate terms, use a technical dictionary.
2. These terms allow you to find relevant Cooperative Patent Classifications at Classification Search Tool. To determine the most suitable classification to your invention, look through the class scheme of the classification (class schedules). Consider substituting the words you’re using to describe your invention if you don’t find any results in the Classification Text Search with synonyms similar to the words you used in Step 1.
3. Go through 3. Go over the CPC Classification Definition for the CPC Classification Definition to verify the accuracy of the CPC classification you’ve discovered. If the classification you have selected is a blue box that has a “D” to its left, the link will lead you to the CPC classification definition. CPC classification definitions will aid you in determining the classification’s scope, so you can pick the one that is the one that is most appropriate. The definitions could also contain search tips or other suggestions which could prove useful in further investigation.
4. Find patent documents that have the CPC classification from the Patents Full-Text and Image Database. By focusing your search on abstracts and illustrations, you can narrow down your search to the most relevant patent publications.
5. This collection of patent publications is the best to check for similarity to your idea. Pay close attention to the specification and claims. There are many patents available by referring to the patent examiner as well as the applicant.
6. It is possible to find published patent applications that fit the CPC classification you chose in Step 3. You can apply the same search strategy as in Step 4. You can narrow your search results to the most relevant patent applications through the abstract and drawings on each page. Next, carefully examine the patent applications published with particular attention paid to the claims and additional drawings.
7. You can find other US patent publications by keyword searching in AppFT or PatFT databases, and also search for patents classified as that are not issued by the United States as described below. Additionally, you can utilize web search engines to find non-patent patent disclosures in literature about inventions. For instance:
- 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.