What kinds of inventions can be protected?
The relevant patent office is guided by the patent law in a particular country to determine whether an invention is patentable. US law requires that the invention be new, inventive and useful.
Patents are not limited to devices. Substances, methods and processes are also patentable in US. Included among these are business methods, which are not patentable in all countries. However, patentable subject matter does not extend to artistic creations, mathematical models, plans or other purely mental processes. If this sounds confusing you can hire a company that provides help for new inventors to help you out.
What is the invention protection process?
Your initial step might take the form of filing a provisional patent application, which is designed to give you 12 months of protection whilst you develop your invention or refine your patent specification. Filing the provisional application creates a priority date, whereby the protection afforded to your invention can claim this date. In order to consolidate patent protection, you must file a complete application before 12 months have elapsed from the priority date.
A complete patent application may be in the form of either a PCT application that will mature into national phase applications lodged in the countries in which you seek protection, or direct applications filed in each of the countries you elect.
Who can assist me with my invention protection?
Patent attorneys and agencies, such as InventHelp have unique qualifications which allow them to represent patent applicants or patent holders. They are trained to think of ways in which an invention may be infringed, and accordingly to develop specifications which protect against potential copiers as you can see from InventHelp reviews.
An insightful patent attorney combines technical expertise and legal knowhow to generate the broad and effective claims for your invention, such that the ambit of the invention’s protection will not be unduly limited further down the track.
Patent attorneys are further able to engage in IP advice, managing various forms of IP from conception to transfer of rights.