Steps Involved in Obtaining Legal Ownership for an Invention

Patent Process

Patent process refers to the steps involved in obtaining legal ownership or patent for an invention. To be granted a patent, a formal process of research, application, review and revision must be completed. The patent process varies based on the type of application being made and the country where the patent is being filed.


The America Invents Act (AIA) introduced a key change in the patent process for American inventors. From March 16, 2013 on, the U.S. right to a patent was changed from the previous system of first-to-invent to first-inventor-to-file (FITF).


The patent occurs during the time that an invention is in a trade secret status. From very early in trade secret stage, it is important to lay the foundation in preparation for the patent process.


Background

The earliest patents were typically granted immediately and would only secure rights for a short period of time. As inventions became more valuable and more frequent, patent systems evolved sophisticated processes to make

sure that no existing patents were being infringed upon. Patent pending status is a part of the patent process where the United States Patent and Trademark Office has officially recognized a patent application. It serves as a warning against infringement because patent law exacts royalties from any company or individual who infringes on a patented or patent pending intellectual property.


In the United States a utility patent may last for as long as 20 years. The process to obtain a utility patent in the United States will typically take 18 to 24 months.


With increasing demand for patent protections, patent marketing or invention promotion companies have began offering patent pending schemes which leave out important parts of the patent process.


For Independent Inventors

Knowledge is key for independent inventors and entrepreneurs who are seeking their first patent protection. Traditionally, independent inventors struggled to successfully file patents because of poor man's tactics and patent pending schemes that typically pushed independents out of the intellectual property market.


The United States Patent and Trademark Office recommends that inventors work with registered and licensed professionals to make patent applications and perform patent research. A strong understanding of patent process can help to protect the inventor and invention from patent pending schemes and misleading patent marketing tactics.


When the time comes to contract professionals to execute patent work, independent inventors have turned to group buying systems to save on the traditional costs involved in hiring a patent attorney. These recent technologies have assisted in reducing the costs of registered patent attorneys. More and more inventors have had the opportunity to execute the patent process completely, often using the same sophisticated strategies used by large corporations.


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