Steps of the Patent Process
If you believe you need patent protection for a new invention you conceived, there are several steps of the process. It is important to have the assistance of a qualified patent lawyer in Florida every step of the way to increase your chances of success.
Is a patent the right type of protection?
First things first, you need to make sure that a patent is the appropriate form of intellectual property protection for your situation. There are other types of protections, including trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets that might apply.
Is your invention or idea patentable?
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has strict guidelines under the law regarding what can qualify for a patent or not. First, you cannot patent something that is already patented or that you have disclosed to the public. It is important to conduct a thorough patent search before you start the application stage. An attorney can review your idea and design and advise you whether it should meet the detailed criteria for a patent.
Completing your application.
The patent application is extensive and highly detailed. Examiners require documentation and other evidence to support your designs and claims that your design is patentable. Many people have their initial application denied, especially if they are not working with an attorney.
Working with the examiner.
If your initial application is not immediately approved, your lawyer can work with your examiner to provide any missing information or explanations needed to support your application. Your attorney will provide you with updates and notify you when you receive your approval.
Contact a Patent Lawyer in Florida to Learn about Our Services
At Daniel Law Offices, P.A., we regularly help inventors and companies obtain the patents necessary to protect their designs. Contact us online or call 866.377.2836 to learn how we might assist you today.