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Great businesses and inventions deserve to be protected. When you ask what is customer service, think of serving your customers and meeting their needs, by protecting the products you sell. The United States Patent and Trademark Office serves cutting edge innovators with that protection, but the application process can be involved and complicated. If you are looking for a patent, you need to understand what is involved in the patent application process. The following four considerations will show you how to get your invention from just an idea to a registered US patent.

Patent Categories

Three categories of patents are considered by the USPTO. The first is a design patent that protects the manufacturing of an original or ornamental design of an existing product. For those with a green thumb, a plant patent is available for the discovery or manufacture of a new variety of plant. The last category is for the invention of a useful process, manufactured item (such as a machine) or compound (such a new drug or adhesive). Excluded from the patent process since the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, are inventions that can be used as atomic weapons.

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Application Types

The types of applications are provisional and non-provisional. A provisional patent is not as involved and allows for an individual to claim that a patent is pending and starts the patent process. A provisional patent is helpful for an inventor who is looking for investors to help fund the manufacture of an invention. After a provisional application is accepted, the full non-provisional application will need to be completed in 12 months. The full application can also be submitted initially to receive a full patent.

Patent Search

Before you fill out your application a search must be completed to see if someone already has a patent for your idea. These searches are difficult. Professional help from an experienced patent lawyer is recommended as the search can be very time consuming especially for inventors who don’t have the experience or the time for this extensive search.

Application Writing

To explain how to write a patent application, you must know the sections that make up an application. These sections include:

  • A Preamble, which is a brief explanation of the invention and what use it has. If granted, this explanation will be printed on the patent. Included in this preamble are the applicant’s name and the title of the invention.
  • A Title. The title should not be a brand name, but rather an actual descriptive name for the invention and what it does. The examiner of the application will use this title to categorize the invention and properly search for similar inventions.
  • A Description of Figures. Included with the application will be drawings of the invention. The descriptions listed in this part of the application should be brief and include labels and the view of the drawing. A simple example is “top,” which indicates that you are looking down from the top of what the drawing illustrates.
  • A Claim. This is the formal description of the invention or design. Only one claim is allowed for each application. When making this description it is important to be exact about what your invention is and how it is made.  Also include all possible applications or uses of your invention. This will prevent other inventors from modifying your invention for another use that you neglected to include.
  • A Drawing. The illustrations should be either black and white drawings or photographs. The drawings are considered the most important part of the application because they help the examiners visualize the invention with all its parts. They must be detailed and complete with multiple views and labels for each component to give a full understanding of the invention. Also, illustrate how the invention is used. Professional drawings are recommended to ensure the accuracy of the illustrations. Remember, this patent will protect your intellectual property. Don’t take chances with that protection.

Once your application has been submitted and your patent granted, you can pursue your dream of making your invention a reality.  As you do, you will have the confidence that it belongs to you and is protected.

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