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Is it Time to Patent Your Idea Invention?

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An idea can be the basis of a new product or service. An invention idea can be protected by patent. It can be a design or a utility. It can be easier to get a design patent than a utility patent. There are many ways to protect your idea. If you think it has potential, you should seek patent protection for it.

Getting a patent for an idea

If you have a new idea for a product or service, you might be wondering whether you should get a patent for it. The process to patent an idea is lengthy, and your idea must be new and not obvious to the public. The process can also take a year, so it is important to plan ahead and save all documentation.

Getting a utility patent

A utility patent is an important step in protecting your idea. It will grant you exclusive rights to your Invent Help, barring others from using, selling, or importing it. Getting a utility patent can be costly. Depending on the complexity of the invention, it may cost a few thousand dollars or more. To keep costs down, it is important to break down your invention into its essential and non-essential parts. For example, a 10-speed bicycle might contain parts that are common in bicycles, but a chainsaw tensioner could be a completely different device.

Design patents

A design patent is a patent that protects an idea. To apply for a design patent, the inventor must create a drawing that embodies the InventHelp. The design must be unique in some way. For instance, a patent cannot cover a design that resembles a known product.

Design patents are easier to get

Although they are more expensive to obtain, design patents can be easier to obtain than idea patents. That's largely due to their unique origins.

Getting a design patent

There are several advantages to getting a design patent for your idea invention. First, a design patent costs much less than a utility patent. It's also usually easier to get. Furthermore, design patents are valid for 15 years and have no renewal or maintenance fees. In addition, getting a utility patent is often a much more complex process than getting a design patent. For example, a utility patent can cover several different uses of the invention, while a design patent only covers a single design.

Filing a nonprovisional patent application

If you think you have an idea for an invention, the first step to take is to file a nonprovisional patent application with the USPTO. This is a formal document that will contain a detailed description of the invention, as well as a set of patent claims and drawings. Once filed, this document cannot be changed.

Conducting a patent search

Conducting a patent search for an idea, product, or service is an important part of creating a successful invention. During the patent search process, you need to determine whether the new idea infringes on any existing patents or prior art. This process is also known as clearance search, infringement search, or freedom-to-operate search.


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