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How to patent an idea?

1- Draft a patent application with a description & diagram2- Complete USPTO application forms – See “How to” guide3- Submit documents to the US Patent Office (USPTO)4- Do it yourself with our free “How to” guide

Request the Free “Inventing for Profit” Guide, it contains:

  • Free information on patent cost
  • Tips & advice on the patent process
  • Confidentiality assurance

For Example: Did you know you can apply for a provisional utility patent yourself, free of charge!(Read more about this in the ‘How To’ guide)Patent your idea before someone else does!

What is a Patent?

A patent is a type of property right that gives the patent holder the right, for a limited time, to exclude others from making, using, offering to sell, selling, or importing into the United States the subject matter that is within the scope of protection granted by the patent. There are three types of patents – utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. If you are asking ‘how to patent my idea?’ then get in touch now and see how we can help.

I have conducted a Google search and I am sure my idea doesn’t exist; do I still need to do a Patent Search?

Yes. You can never be certain your idea does not exist based on market searches. Patent searches include patent applications filed, whether granted or not, as these all affect your application. Not all patent applications are marketed products obviously.

I have conducted a Patent Search on the internet; do I still need to do a Worldwide Patent Search?

It is unlikely that you will be able to conduct a broad or focussed search and interpret results without prior experience of the patenting system. Many online databases are incomplete or inaccessible to foreign applications. Using a professionalresearcher can pay dividends in the long run.

What does “Patent Pending” mean?

“Patent Pending” means that an application for a patent has been filed at the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) or any other patent office that is a signatory to treaties and agreements that allow a filing date in one country to be relied on for 12 months in another country. It is the same as “Patent Applied For.” There are laws preventing people using these phrases if it is not true. These phrases do not mean that the patent has been granted nor does it mean that it will be granted

How long does a patent last?

Patents can be typically maintained for a maximum of twenty years.

Can I get a Worldwide Patent?

No. The most far reaching international patent application is the PCT which covers over 150 countries.

Why should you use Innovate

  • We have over 10 years experience in developing ideas
  • We offer a review of your idea free of charge
  • we have our own in-house team of lawyers
  • You retain 100% of the idea and therefore 100% of the profits
  • All information you disclose is 100% confidential

How do I know you aren’t going to steal my idea?

We provide a binding Confidentiality Assurance (in your free’ How to’ guide) before you disclose the idea to us. This is an enforceable promise that prevents us from disclosing the idea to any third party. Each party retains a copy of the assurance signed by both parties.