While there are end numbers of inventors who keep coming up with innovative ideas, not all are smart and skilled enough to get patent for their inventions.
This could be either they did not properly follow the USPTO guidelines, or they made hurry in getting patent for their inventions,
without knowing about the complexities involved in it, or they ignored hiring services of the invention patent application submission.
In the article below I have tried to come up with five easy steps that, if properly followed, will help you get through the hassles of invention idea submission.
1. Ascertaining the patentworthiness of your invention idea
One of the first steps is to perform Patent Search to know and ascertain if your idea is patent-worthy or not is.
This is one of the most important processes you must perform to find out if the invention ideas you have invented meet the required parameters.
For example; does it have uniqueness, non-obviousness, newness and utility, which is mandated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The inventors can do so either through the USPTO’s website, Crowd Sourcing Inventions Sites and the World Wide Web, or hire a company that offers this type of services.
This is one of the best ways to securely get patent for your invention idea.
2. Provisional patent application or a disclosure document
When you are done with your patent research, the second step is to make sure whether you want to file a provisional patent application or a disclosure document.
If you choose a provisional application, you will be allowed to use the term of “patent pending” on your creation, while if you would like to go with disclosure document, you will not be able to use the “patent pending” term on your product.
But it establishes the date when you conceptualized your idea and when it was filed with the USPTO’s office.
3. Downloading forms from USPTO
The third step is to download the appropriate forms from the USPTO’s website and fill out all the necessary details and submit them with a detailed drawing.
Before you submit your application, do not forget to make sure that you have properly and accurately filled in the forms with all mandatory details, and have successfully attached the required drawings and payments. The cost of patent application is available at USPTO’s website.
4. Wait, wait and wait for 2 years
Once you have completed through the submission process of your patent application with the USPTO, the fourth step is to wait, wait, and wait for 2-years as this is the minimum required time to patent an invention.
But you can check the status of your application anytime during this period.