North Miami, FL, March 08, 2016 --(PR.com
-- Successfully bringing inventions to the market requires a tremendous amount of research and collaboration with other parties. Manufacturers, for instance, are unlikely to commit to a product without seeing it. With so many eyes and hands coming in contact with the invention, many inventors are reluctant to share the idea with people they’re unfamiliar with – yet this is an unavoidable part of the invention process.
So how can inventors ensure that the rights to their invention are protected?
Patent Services USA Network of registered patent attorneys can help inventors file for a Patent! Issued by the United States Government, patents give the inventor the right to prevent other people “from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention” in the US. However, it’s important for inventors to understand that not all patents are created equal and how patents are filed will influence the protection received.
Three major types of patents include:
1. Utility Patents. Most filed patents will fall into the utility patent category. This protects the utility of the invention – or the way in which the invention is used or operates. Thus, the utility patent is best for inventions that are mechanical, electrical, or chemical in nature. It’s not necessarily the function for which it’s used that’s protected, but the way that the invention itself works, functions, and is used.
2. Design Patents. If inventors create a new and original design for a product, then a design patent will protect that creation. For instance, if a client invents a way to assemble a Christmas tree that’s never been created before, then a design patent will protect this original design of a familiar product. This patent will remain protected for a period of 14 years and will not require maintenance fees.
3. Provisional Patents. A provisional patent is closely associated with the phrase “patent pending.” In other words, rights are temporarily and provisionally secured as the inventor, but the benefits aren’t as long lasting or solid as a traditional patent. This is used to discourage others from stealing the idea while giving inventors the time to complete the formal patent application process or do anything else needed.
As inventors move along the patent process, it’s important to keep track of the term of the patent, as the protection will not last forever.
Patent Services USA can assist clients with patenting invention with the use of a streamlined process.