How to Patent an Idea or an Invention

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We’ve all seen plenty of ads and commercials offering their services to help you protect your inventions and ideas, however despite all they promise it isn’t easy protecting an invention. But do not worry because having an idea is the initial step to obtaining a Patent. Lots of inventors underestimate themselves and doubt that they have indeed come up with an invention when they hit upon an idea. However to move from this phase to the next an inventor will need to eventually obtain a Patent Application to protect the idea that is solely his/hers.

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To reach this platform the idea needs to be more than just a figment of your imagination, it will need thorough describing and proper specifics to be labelled and invention and move you towards a Patent Application. In this article I would like to describe the steps needed to be taken in order to protect you’re invention.

Documentation

To expand an idea proper documentation of it is vital as this shows proof and planning. When details are added continuously it helps move across to the invention side of it, which is where you want to be. Basically what you’re establishing is the idea you have along with the facts and aspects of what you plan on inventing. This is what will convince people that it really is an idea worth being specified as an invention.

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In order to patent your idea it should first mature into an invention, which means detailing what your invention is in order for people to replicate your invention that is explained in the patent application you filled out. A patent form doesn’t require every detail, however it must be clear to fellow inventors who wish to carry out what you created. A prototype isn’t needed either but you do have to be thorough with your detailing in the form of sketches that showcase your contribution to it. Upon reaching this stage many people seek professional assistance in order to obtain a patent application and some companies even offer a full package for various inventions.

Patent Illustrations

Patent drawings/illustrations a very important when safeguarding your invention, but if you find it difficult to do on your own, you can request for a patent drawing from an illustrator who specialises in it. It is also advisable to work with a few companies that assist in 3D drawings, or an engineer that can help you develop your invention to push it across from merely an idea into the invention state. Presenting good quality and well-illustrated patent drawings is one of the best and assured ways of expanding your patent application.

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Having good 3D Renderings is also a great way to convince fellow inventors interested in your idea that it has a future and can be sustained. Doing this may attract potential investors as well which is another important process in this application.

If you do remain posted merely in the idea stage companies won’t be interested in helping you out with submissions as a lot of ideas get stolen by others looking for a breakthrough. Companies that would accept your submission will explain their right to reserve your application information without having to compensate for it, which is why you need to be extra careful and acquire the aid of a licensing expert before handing in your submission.

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Confidential Statements

Many inventors who submit patent applications without a proper invention run the risk of that company coming out with a similar invention which often leads to problems. But since lots of companies conduct their own research and development into finding new inventions it could just be an overlap of the same idea and this is why companies don’t accept submissions, only pending patent applications so as to reduce the confusion. If a company accepts to help you out with just the submission of an idea be careful as this could be a way for them to grab hold of your invention.

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A confidentiality agreement is very important when forming a patent application as this guarantees its safety and prevents companies from taking your ideas. Before informing anyone or an organization about your proposed invention be sure to fill out a Provisional Patent Form or seek help from a licensed agent that is known for working only with reputed companies that look for inventions they can acquire or license.

Patent and Invent System

A great tool to use if you should feel stuck is the Patent and Invent System which helps shower some definition and understanding on your idea and invention. The newest version of this system also allows a wider range of templates, coaching and examples. This system will ask you 10 questions and if answered properly you will be given enough information to help transform your idea into what you want it to be and disclose the necessary process for filling out a provisional patent form.

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These are just a few suggestions and ideas to help you get to the Patent Stage. Be sure to conduct a good search for the right licensing agents and companies before submitting your patent application, as this is the only way you can protect your invention and safeguard what is yours.

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