Understanding the Patent Application Process
If you invent something and wish to patent it, you will need to file a United States patent application. Filing patent applications can be a difficult process, and obtaining your patent is no easy feat. However, a knowledgeable attorney can aid you in successfully obtaining a patent, whether it is a provisional or non-provisional patent application.
Application Process Steps
The process to obtain a patent is rather lengthy, but the following steps help outline what you and your attorney will be doing during your attempt for a patent:
- First, you should check the Patent Image Databases to find out if your idea already exists. If not, you are set to continue.
- Next, determine the type of application you need to file. Some types include design and utility patents. Utility applications can be provisional or non-provisional.
- Then, you will have to determine if you will file your patent in the U.S. or globally.
- Lastly, you must decide who will file for the patent. While you can file for yourself, it is highly recommended that you use an attorney or agent.
After these basic steps are followed, you will have to pay a number of processing fees, apply for customer numbers and certificates, and regularly check your application status.
Speak with an Attorney
Patent applications are difficult, and require specific actions be taken in order for a patent to be obtained in a timely manner, if at all. At Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., our attorneys are experienced in the patent application process and can provide you with invaluable legal advice. For more information, call our Plano lawyers at (214) 317-4448.