While the process of filing a U.S. patent application includes a lot of complexities, following the guidelines given at USPTO’s website, you can reduce the odds of your patent application rejection and increase your chances of getting patent for your invention.
There are two ways to get an invention patent.
For example; you can do so by filling it yourself, or by hiring the service of a patent attorney, who according to me, better understands the technicalities of filing a patent application and gets you rid of the patent process.
Even if you have problems related to patent application process, below I have tried to come up with a few steps, following which you will be able to get your invention patented.
How to file Patent Application?
Searching through the USPTO’s website to ascertain your invention idea’s uniqueness, obviousness, novelty and originality is one of the best ways to know if your idea is patentable or not.
Besides the USPTO’s website, you can also make a visit to the trade shows, catalogs, patent databases and online platforms.
Let’s face it; utility, design and plants are the three types of patents that the USPTO grants most.
Out of these three patents, the utility patent is one of the most applied for patents by inventors.
This patent relates to inventions with a particular function, the design patents are related to non-functional parts of articles, like the unique, ornamental shape or surface of an item, whereas a plant patent protects inventions related to asexually reproduced plants.
After you are satisfactorily done with the results of your due diligence, get ready to apply for a patent application with the USPTO. You can also electronically file a patent application through fax, mail, but strictly not e-mail.
Do not forget to describe your invention as much as possible. The more detailed (but keep the hidden points with you) you provide about your invention the easier it will be for others to understand and use it in the long run.
Besides, you can also provide best modes of your invention so that people can use them to build it. At the same time, it is also important to keep in mind that you give variations about your invention so that no one can get around it.
Thus, following aforesaid carefully, you cannot only get your invention patented, but also save it from the idea infringers and product poachers.