Curious as to what a patent is, what the process is like, or if what you are doing can be filed for patent protection? Are you in the process of developing something new and useful? Do you supervise a team of creators or innovators and need help managing their output? Do you have a patent portfolio that needs tending to or needs to be built on? Are you in a crowded field market and want to see whether it would be advantageous to file for patent protection? Need to determine a good strategy going forward?
A patent grants someone the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling their innovation. Generally speaking, in this country, you have the right to make, use, or sell anything, as long as it is not illegal or protected by someone else’s patent. However, with a patent, you essentially receive a temporary monopoly in exchange for telling the nation how to make or use your tech. You can have exclusive control over your tech for up to 20 years, depending on the patent type, and perhaps control over tangential tech for longer with some forward-looking strategy.
Patent Application Basics
There are a variety of patent applications that can be filed depending on your innovation, what your product is, what your goals are, and where you are in the process. Different rules and timelines apply to each type, which include national and international filings and design and utility applications. If you have already started selling or presenting your innovation to the public, your timeline has already begun, and you could potentially lose the ability to patent your tech