If you have a million dollar idea stewing in your head, it is only normal for you to be a bit concerned about having that idea taken from you, which is why it is always a good idea to hire a smart intellectual property lawyer who can not only steer you in the right direction but can continue to assist you through the various trials and tribulations that your patent may go through. Here are a few essential things you need to look for when picking the perfect intellectual property attorney.
First and foremost, they must have a law degree under their belts, and it helps if they have some experience, as well. While it may seem like a good cost cutting measure to hire a lawyer that is a little short on experience, remember, you are protecting your intellectual property here, a potential idea that could make you millions of dollars, you don’t want to cut any corners you don’t have to cut.
Second, it is vitally important that your intellectual property lawyer have a background in whatever field your intellectual property idea is in. For instance, if your idea has to do with computers, it is a good idea to have a lawyer that can understand what your idea does, how it works and why it is so important. Most cities have hundreds or even thousands of intellectual property lawyers available so finding one that you can relate to should be easy.
Next, your patent or trademark lawyer must be registered with the patent and trademark office in the city, state or country you are in. If you hire a lawyer and later find out that they aren’t registered, than you should break off communication with that lawyer right away as they might be a shyster. The Patent and Trademark office will even test your patent attorney to make sure they are qualified to practice trademark law. This tough testing system is meant to keep dishonest and unqualified lawyers from flooding the market. Even after you hire your lawyer, you should check in with the office to find out if your lawyer was being completely honest with you.
The final piece of advice you can get is to go with someone you trust. There is a very good chance that you will have to sit and explain your idea to several lawyers before you find one that not only understands what you’re talking about but also believes in you and thinks that this is a great invention. If all you are getting is blank stares and empty looks, move on. You must have a good working relationship with your patent lawyer or the whole process can be for naught.
As you can see, finding the perfect patent lawyer is far from easy and it can be an extremely frustrating experience finding one, but once you do, you will be able to properly protect yourself from various people who want nothing more than to run out and take your idea for themselves.