Securing a patent for your invention is not a simple task. It requires a lot of paperwork and generally take years to complete the entire process. But patenting an idea or a product helps entrepreneurs and innovators to protect their creative efforts from competitors.
Most of the start-up entrepreneurs struggle with the question How to patent an idea. Here are three easy to follow tips to secure a patent for your idea and financially protect your hard work.
Ask questions at every step
While developing an innovative idea, people tend to discourage you by saying that the idea won’t work. Ask people why they think the idea will be a failure and you can devise strategies to overcome obstacles. For example, if the manufacturers thinks that your product is difficult to make because it doesn’t fit the normal standard, small tweaks in the design might convince him for production. You must also educate the suppliers, workers and other people regarding the usefulness of the product so that they feel included in the process.
Use the correct language
The patent examiners rely on your description of the idea or the product while deciding about granting patents. Use the right language to explain the features of your product, how it is different from others and its usefulness in exact terms. Your attorney should have complete information about the product to fill the patent application in a correct manner. Prepare a brief overview about the product, before you visit the attorney. You can read legal websites and consult other people in your network, who have successfully gone through the process of patenting in order to gain knowledge about the patenting process.
Hire the services of qualified attorneys and intellectual property lawyers to guide you through the patent process. The task of choosing the lawyers is difficult because of the presence of a number of players. Choose a lawyers or a firm which has ample experience in patenting the products category or the industry your idea belongs to. The common mistake done by most new entrepreneurs is choosing the cheapest lawyer, which tends to create problems in the long run. Look for the experience and reputation of the lawyer before hiring them.