Does Your Invention Qualify for a Patent?
When you invent something new, you likely want to protect your design to ensure no one else misappropriates it and wrongfully profits from it. One way to do so is to apply for a patent that protects your ownership of your invention. However, just because you believe you invented something new and innovative does not mean it will necessarily qualify for a patent. The United States patent laws have strict requirements for what might qualify for protection, and you should discuss your invention with a patent attorney in Orlando right away.
Requirements for a Patent
The requirements for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to approve your patent are complex, but the following is a basic overview for a utility patent:
- Your invention provides a utility, meaning it is useful in some manner
- Your invention is non-obvious
- Your invention is novel
- You did not disclose the invention to the public prior to applying for the patent (with limited exceptions)
The USPTO has specific definitions of what is “novel,” “useful,” and “non-obvious.” An experienced patent attorney can review your invention and help determine whether it may qualify for a patent.
The Application Process
Before you apply, you should always create specific written records of your invention and assess the commercial potential of the invention. If you decide to proceed, your lawyer can help with a thorough patent search and with the preparation of the extensive applications and supporting documents required.
Contact an Invention Patent Lawyer in Orlando for More Information
The patent application process can be challenging, even if you are certain you have a brilliant and original invention. Never hesitate to contact an Orlando patent attorney at the Daniel Law Offices, P.A. for assistance. Call 866.377.2836 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help your invention succeed.