If you are an inventor and have come up with a new product, process or idea, then it’s best to find a patent lawyer to help you with filing for a patent. The application process for patents is extremely complex and difficult to get through, so much so that a non-lawyer may have difficulty getting the documentation completed and correct. Hiring a patent lawyer will ensure that the process is done easily, promptly and correctly. There are a number of restrictions on patents on what can and can not be patented. Your patent lawyer will also be able to help you ascertain if your invention is able to be patented or not. Some of the restrictions on patents include:
- Any laws of nature
- Physical phenomena
- Literary, musical, artistic or dramatic works – however they can be copyright protected.
- Or, inventions which are:
Offensive to public morality
Utility patents provide for something that is new, not obvious and useful for:
- Articles of production
- Compositions of matter
- Improvements to any of the above.
Patented products must be:
· Not obvious
· An innovative idea
· Adequately described or enabled
· Applied for by the inventor in clear terms.
A patent lawyer is the best person to help you the your patent dispensation needs, including gaining a full patent, filing for the patent and above all, searching for other existing patents. The patent process is long and laborious and quite intricate and overwhelming for someone who is not a patent lawyer. A patent lawyer can help you out immensely with the process and ensure that it is done correctly so that you don’t have to worry about patent infringement or copyright infringement on other people’s inventions.
Infringing on a patent can be quite severe if the other person, people or company can prove that you did not do your due diligence to find an existing patent, or that you found it and ignored it. The penalties that are awarded by the courts can literally ruin you for life financially and socially. With all that there is to consider in patents, hiring a patent lawyer should be done as soon as you are ready to launch your invention, or before that, if possible. There are thousands of patents that are applied for everyday, and it is highly possible that more than one of the same type of ideas exist. There is a lot of help available for you with your patent and your invention. The best person to direct you to that help, especially for marketing and creation is a patent lawyer. They have all the information you require to get your patent filed and off the ground. The patent lawyer will also be able to help you with many of the other aspects of filing for a patent, primarily the searching of the patent records in the United States and in other countries, which can be a daunting and difficult task.