A waste disposal device, such as containers or units to dispose of personal care items in a clean and discrete way. Uncontrollable bodily functions, incontinence and menstrual cramps can all be personal situations that aren’t known to anyone else. The current available receptacles for disposing of personal hygiene products are not safe and available. They are only designed for use in small places like a bathroom at home or in a public toilet bathroom.

The market for urinary incontinence is massive. It affects approximately 200 million people in the world and is increasing because of the aging populace. According to estimates of pelvic floor disorders that are projected as a whole and the likelihood of UI growing by more than a third by 2050. It’s embarrassing to note that the majority of women don’t discuss it with their doctors. This means that they are likely to not utilize the appropriate products to rid themselves of smells and germs. There are more than 60 million females aged between 14 and 44 years old in the US that is a significant market for feminine hygiene. It is uncomfortable, messy, and embarrassing to throw away feminine hygiene/menstrual/light bladder control products. Women who suffer from light bladder control often have to regularly empty their trash to prevent odor accumulation or embarrassment. Many people do not like going out with friends as they may be forced to throw this item in the garbage.

The invention typically relates to a system of waste containment to dispose of bodily wastes from adults, personal items such as male and feminine incontinence products and other sanitary products as well as similar products for personal care.

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What is a patent?

Granted by the government to protect an invention, patents grant the inventor with exclusive rights to use, create, sell and promote the invention? society benefits when a innovative technology is introduced to the market. The benefits can be in direct terms, as it may allow people to do previously impossible things. Or indirectly, through the economic opportunities (business growth and employment) which the invention provides.

Patent protection is demanded out by many pharmaceutical companies and university researchers to protect their work in research and development. A patent can cover an abstract or physical process or product, or even an approach or composition of material unique to the field. To be granted patent protection, an invention must be novel, useful and not be obvious to anyone else in the same field.

Patents give inventors a reward for commercially successful inventions. They provide a motivation for inventors to create. Patents allow inventors and small businesses to know that there’s a good chance they will be paid back for their efforts, time, and money invested in the development of technology. This means they will be able to earn a living from their work.

Patents play a vital role in companies, and they can:

Secure your products and services.

Increase the visibility and value of your products ‘ presence on the market

Your business and your products should be distinguished from others.

Get business and technical details.

Avoid the danger of accidentally using proprietary third-party content, or losing important information, creative outputs, or other creative output.

Patents convert knowledge of the inventor into a valuable asset which creates new opportunities for job creation through licensing and joint ventures.

Investors involved in the commercialization and development of technology will appreciate small businesses with patent protection more appealing.

Patenting can generate innovative ideas and inventions. This information could be eligible for patent protection.

Patents can be used to serve as a deterrent to untrustworthy third parties profiting from an invention’s successes.

Commercially successful patent-protected technology revenues can be used to finance the development of technology through research and development (R&D) and increase the chance of better technology in the future.

You can leverage intellectual property ownership to convince investors and lenders that your product has real commercial value. Sometimes, one powerful patent could lead to a variety of financing possibilities. You can utilize patents and other IP assets as collateral or security to secure financing. Investors may also be able to see your patent assets to boost the value of your business. Forbes and others have noted that every patent could add anywhere from $500,000 to one million dollars to company valuation.

Startups require a carefully-crafted business plan that builds on the IP to demonstrate that your product/service is distinct, superior, or innovative. Investors will be impressed if you have IP rights are secured or are on the verge of being secured, and that they are in line with your business strategy.

It is important to keep an invention secret until you submit to protect it with patents. Making an invention public before it is filed can often destroy its novelty and render it patent-infringing. Disclosures that are filed prior to filing, like for investors, test marketing, or any other business partners, should be done only after signing a confidentiality contract.

There are a variety of patents and knowing the different types is crucial to protect your invention. Patents for utility cover processes and machine creations. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Patents for utility are the most effective because they shield the owner from copycats and other competition. They are typically issued to improve or alter existing inventions. Utility patents can also be used to cover improvements and changes to existing inventions. A process patent could describe the methods or actions of performing a specific act. A chemical composition will include an amalgamation of components.

How long does a patent last? Patents for utility last 20 years from the initial date of filing, however their expirations are able to be extended because of patent office delays, for example.

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Patent searches are essential when you are preparing your patent application. This will enable you to look at other ideas and give you insights into their work. This can help you restrict the potential of your invention. It is also possible to find out about the current latest developments in the field you’re inventing. You’ll be able to get a better idea of what your invention ought to be and be better prepared to write your patent application.

How to Search for Patents

A patent search is the initial step in obtaining your patent. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. After the patent application is filed, the product covered by the application can be described as patent-pending. you can find the patent application online on the public pair. Once the patent office has approved your application, you will be able do a patent number search to identify the patent granted. Your product is now patentable. Alongside the USPTO search engine, you can also utilize other search engines such as espacenet as described below. You can get help from a patent lawyer. In the US patents are granted by the US patent and trademark office as well as the United States patent and trademark office, which also examines trademark applications.

Are you interested in finding other similar patents? Here are the steps to follow:

1. Think of terms to describe your invention, based on its intended purpose, composition and use.

Write down a succinct, precise description of your invention. Don’t use generic terms like “device”, “process” or “system”. Think about synonyms for the terms you initially chose. Also, keep track of crucial technical terms, as well as key words.

To help you recognize terms and keywords, you can use the questions below.

  • What is the objective of the invention Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
  • Is the invention a method of creating something , or fulfilling a purpose? Are you referring to a product?
  • What is the nature and purpose of the invention? What is the physical composition of the invention?
  • What’s the point of the invention?
  • What are the terms used in technical terminology and terms that describe the essence of an invention? To help you find the appropriate terms, use an online dictionary of technical terms.

2. These terms allow you to look up pertinent Cooperative Patent Classifications using the Classification Search Tool. To determine the best classification for your invention, go through the class scheme of the classification (class schedules). You may want to consider substituting the terms that you’re using for describing your invention, if you do not receive any results from the Classification Text Search with synonyms such as the terms you used in the first step.

3. Examine 3. Go over the CPC Classification Definition for the CPC Classification Definition to confirm the relevancy of the CPC classification that you have located. If the chosen classification is a blue box that has an “D” to its left, the hyperlink will direct you to the CPC classification definition. CPC classification definitions will assist you in determining the classification’s scope , so you can choose the most appropriate. In addition the definitions may include research tips and other suggestions that may be useful to further study.

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 relevant patent publications by focusing first on the abstract and the drawings that are representative.

5. Utilize this list of most pertinent patent documents to examine each one in depth for any the similarities to your idea. Be sure to read the specification and claims. Refer to the applicant and patent examiner for any additional patents.

6. Search for patent applications that have been published using the CPC classification you chose in Step 3 from the Applications Full-Text and Image Database. You can use the same strategy of searching in Step 4 to narrow your results down to the relevant patent applications by examining the abstract as well as the illustrations on every page. Next, examine all published patent applications carefully, paying special attention to the claims as well as other drawings.

7. You can search for other US patent publications using keyword searching in AppFT or PatFT databases, as well as classification search for non-U.S. Patents per below. Also, you can utilize web search engines to search non-patent literature disclosures about inventions. For example:

  • 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:
  • 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.