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What is a patent?
Patents are granted by the government to protect an invention. It grants the inventor the sole right to create, use and sell the invention. Society is benefited when new technologies are brought for sale. The benefits can be realized directly by people who are able to perform feats previously thought impossible and indirectly by the economic benefits that innovation offers (business expansion, jobs).
Many drug companies and researchers at universities seek protection from patents in their work and discoveries. A patent can cover the physical or abstract nature of a product or process, or even an approach or formulation of material new to the area. To be granted patent protection the invention must be useful, new and not apparent to anyone else in the same field.
Patents are a way to give inventors a reward for commercially profitable inventions. They are an incentive to inventors to create. Small-scale businesses and inventors can be certain that they will receive the most from their investment in the field of technology development. They can earn a living from their work.
Companies that are able to:
Create and protect new products and services that are innovative;
Improve the value, the visibility, and attractiveness of your product on the market;
Differentiate yourself and your products from others.
Get business and technical details.
Beware of the danger of accidentally using third-party proprietary content, or losing your important information, creative outputs, or other creative output.
Patents can transform an inventor’s knowledge into a marketable asset which opens new opportunities to create jobs and boost expansion of businesses through licensing or joint ventures.
Investors involved in the development and commercialization of technology will find small companies with patent protection more appealing.
Patenting can result in the development of new ideas and inventions. This information can encourage innovation and may qualify to be protected by patents.
Patents can be used as a deterrent to untrustworthy third parties that profit from an invention’s efforts.
The profits from technology patents that are successful and commercially viable can be used to fund the development of technology through research and development (R&D) and boost the likelihood of improved technology in the coming years.
Intellectual property ownership is a way to convince investors and lenders that there are real chances to commercialize your product. One powerful patent may lead to many financing options. Patents can be used along with other IP assets as collateral or security to secure financing. Investors are also able to view your patent assets to boost the value of their company. Forbes and other publications have reported that each patent can add 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 and superior or ingenuous. Investors will be impressed if you have IP rights are secure or in the process of being secure, and if they are in line with your business plan.
It is vital to protect an invention before submitting a patent application. A public disclosure of an invention can often damage its novelty and invalidate it. Thus, disclosures that are filed prior to filing (e.g., for test-marketing investors, test-marketing, or any other business partners) should only be made following the signing of a confidentiality agreement.
There are many kinds of patents. Knowing them is essential to protect your invention. Utility patents are for new processes and machine creations. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Patents for utility are the best option and shield the owner from copycats and other competitors. Utility patents are often issued to improve or modify existing inventions. Utility patents can also be used to enhance or modify existing inventions. For instance, a procedure patent will cover acts or methods of performing a specific act, whereas chemical compositions are an assortment of components.
How long does a patent last? Although utility patents last up to 20 years from their earliest filing, they can be extended through delays in the patent office.
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When drafting an application for patents, you should do a patent search. the search will give you an understanding of other people’s thoughts. This allows you to restrict the extent of your invention. Also, you can learn about the technological advancements in your area of invention. This will allow you to understand the scope of your invention as well as prepare for the filing of your patent application.
How to Search for Patents
The first step to get the patent you want is to conduct an internet search for patents. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Patent-pending refers to the product that has been included in the patent application. You can search for the public pair to locate the patent application. After the patent office approves your application, you’ll be able do a patent number search to find the patent issued. Your product will now become patented. It is also possible to use the USPTO search engine. See below for details. For assistance, consult an attorney for patents. Patents granted in the United States are granted by the US trademark and patent office as well as the United States Patent and Trademark office. The office also evaluates trademark applications.
Are you looking for similar patents? These are the steps you should follow:
1. Think of terms that describe your invention according to its function composition, use, or purpose.
Write down a brief detailed explanation of your invention. Avoid using generic terms such as “device”, “process,” or “system”. Instead, look for synonyms to the terms you chose initially. Next, note important technical terms and keywords.
Utilize the following questions to help you determine keywords or concepts.
- What is the goal of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Is inventing a method to come up with something or to perform a function? Does it constitute an item?
- What is the composition of the invention? What is the physical makeup of the invention?
- What is the purpose of this invention?
- What are the terms in the technical field and keywords used to describe the nature of an invention? To help you find the appropriate terms, use a technical dictionary.
2. These terms allow you to look up relevant Cooperative Patent Classifications on the Classification Search Tool. If you’re unable to find the right classification to describe your invention, scan through the classification’s Schemas of classes (class schedules) and try again. If you don’t get any results using the Classification Text Search, you may want to consider replacing the words to describe your invention with synonyms.
3. Check the CPC Classification Definition for confirmation of the CPC classification you’ve found. If the classification you have selected has a blue box that contains “D” The hyperlink to the CPC classification definition will be displayed. CPC classification definitions can aid you in determining the classification’s scope so that you can pick the one that is the one that is most appropriate. Furthermore the definitions may include research tips and other suggestions that could be helpful in further research.
4. The Patents Full-Text Database and the Image Database allow you to retrieve patent documents that include the CPC classification. You can look through and select the most relevant patent publications looking first at abstract and the drawings that are representative.
5. Use this selection of the most pertinent patent documents to look at each in detail to find similarities to your own invention. Be sure to read the specification and claims. Refer to the applicant and patent examiner for additional patents.
6. Find patent applications published in the public domain using the CPC classification you picked in Step 3 from the Applications Full-Text and Image Database. You may also employ the same strategy of searching you employed in Step 4 to narrow down your search results to only the most relevant patent applications by looking over the abstracts as well as the drawings on every page. Next, carefully examine the patent applications that have been published and pay particular attention to the claims as well as additional drawings.
7. Find additional US patent publications by keywords in the PatFT or AppFT databases, classification search of non-U.S. patents per below, and searching non-patent literature disclosures of inventions using internet search engines. Here are some 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.