There exist a lot of competition in the different line of the profession today. Whether it is in the business industry, formal work set up or in different places, stiff competition exists. Therefore, because of the stiff competition, if you have and an invention or has a drafted idea of coming up with something new, you should patent it so that no one can copy your idea. Patenting an idea is not an easy thing, this is because it requires one to follow some steps to patent your idea or invention fully. This article explains the steps as follows.
The first step that one has to follow hen patenting his or her idea or invention is to do a patent search. Before you file a patent application, it is compulsory that you do a patent search. By doing a patent search, it will be known if the idea you want to protect had already been patented with someone else. All ideas and inventions which already are patented cannot be patent again by the same person or a different person. Due to that reason, before filing the patent application, one should do a thorough patent search to avoid protecting the idea which already had been protected. This will help you avoid being accused of infringement.
The next step to follow is the development of the concept. By developing the concept, you will have to come up with a special feature which makes the idea unique from others which have existed before or others to come. The patents do not protect the overall concept but only the unique method which makes the concept carries out the overall idea. For example, it will be hard to protect a hedge trimmer, but you can protect the motor or the blade arrangement that make your hedge trimmer unique.
The next thing to observe after developing the concept and before the patent filing is patent drafting. After you are sure that your idea is unique, you should then draft the patent before proceeding to patent application. So, when drafting your patent, you will have to hire a patent attorney to make the process legal as it is required.
The last step which comes after patent drafting is patent filing. This procedure should also be the lawyer who helped you in patent drafting, and it is done via post to the patent filing office or online via the company’s website. The application is made to the registered patent filling office. After filing the application, the applicant will have 12 months to expand out the application to other countries so as to achieve international patent protection.