How To File A Patent For Your Invention Idea – And How InventHelp Can Assist

How To File A Patent For Your Invention Idea – And How InventHelp Can Assist

Jon Stojan
 |  Contributor

Life as a new inventor can seem very exciting, but there are many challenges that you have to overcome. In fact, the new invention process can be extremely daunting for those with little or no experience or knowledge of the industry. There are many different tasks and processes that have to be completed along the way, and this can pose a lot of challenges for new inventors. 

Fortunately, a lot of inventors who are new to the world of inventing have realized that they do not have to go it alone. There are experts out there who can assist and support you as a new inventor, and this can make all the difference to your first experience. It also means that you will not have to worry about not knowing what to do or when to do it, as you will always have professionals on board to assist you. 

Among the reasons people often turn to these professionals with their first invention is the invaluable assistance they provide with essential tasks that form part of the new invention process. One of the key things that must be done as a new inventor is getting patent protection in place, and if you fail to do this, you could run into a lot of serious issues. 

The good news is that InventHelp can assist new inventors with the patent protection process, which lifts a huge burden from their shoulders. Moreover, the team can help with a range of additional processes that can make life easier for new inventors and enable them to enjoy the experience far more with minimal stress. 

In this article, we will learn more about the patent protection process, and find out why it is so crucial for you as a new inventor. We will also look at how InventHelp can assist when it comes to patent protection, as well as providing support and assistance with other key parts of the new invention process. 

More About Patent Protection – What Is It? 

So, what is patent protection? Well, a patent is basically a legal right that is awarded to an inventor by patent authorities. This is awarded for a specified period of time, and after a full search and review has been carried out by patent officers. Once the patent has been awarded, it must be maintained through the payment of fees for the life of the patent. 

During the time the patent is in force, the patent holder has exclusive rights to the invention, which means that it cannot be copied, sold, or otherwise used by other people without the permission of the patent holder. It is basically a vital form of intellectual property protection, and it provides inventors with peace of mind as well as protection. 

What Happens Without Patent Protection? 

Many new inventors are curious to know what happens if they do not have patent protection in place. Well, the short answer is that a wide range of problems can arise if you fail to get your invention patented. This is something that could have a serious impact on your life in many ways, which is why you need to ensure this process is carried out without delay. So, let’s take a look at some of the issues that might arise: 

Someone else might come up with the same idea 

One thing to keep in mind is that if you have come up with this invention idea, someone else might also come up with the same idea in the future. If this happens and they patent the idea before you do, all rights are awarded to that person even if you came up with the idea before them. This is something that you naturally want to avoid, so making sure you get patent protection into place without delay is crucial.  

Someone could claim your idea as their own 

Another problem that might arise is that you could fall victim to intellectual property theft if you do not have patent protection in place. Someone could easily claim your idea or design as their own, and you would have very few rights given that you have not patented the invention. So, if you want to avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime, getting patent protection into place is vital.  

People can use your invention without permission 

When you are granted a patent following a review of your application, you are given exclusive rights during the life of the patent. This means that others cannot use, sell, or do anything with your invention without getting your permission first. However, if you do not have a patent in place, you could find others using your invention for all sorts of purposes without having to come through you first.  

You might have difficulties with licensing agreements 

Another thing that is well worth keeping in mind is that without a patent in place you might struggle with licensing agreements. This means that there is a chance you might miss out on the chance to make money from your invention, so the financial implications of not getting a patent sorted out could be significant.   

How Does the Patenting Process Work? 

While the patenting process might sound pretty straightforward, it can be very involved and complex. This is why new inventors need to ensure they get the assistance of a qualified legal expert when it comes to patenting their invention.  

You need to keep in mind that in order for a patent to be granted, certain criteria must be met, and this is something that is looked at as part of the patenting process. For instance, the invention must be considered useful to industry, as well as being unique and not infringing on other patents.  

In order to get the ball rolling, patent searches need to be carried out to ensure that your invention does not infringe on someone else’s patent. Then you have to go through the application process and wait for patent office officials to do their bit before a decision is reached. So, the process involves the following steps: 

  • Conducting patent searches to ensure your invention does not infringe on existing patents 
  • Preparing a patent application if the searches are clear 
  • Filing the patent application with the appropriate patent office 
  • Getting the application checked and reviewed by a patent officer 
  • Waiting on the approval or rejection of the patent following review 
  • Maintaining the patent with the payment of regular fees as specified 

How to File a Patent? 

Filing a patent involves a series of steps, and it’s essential to approach the process with careful consideration and attention to detail. Here is a general guide on how to file a patent: 

1. Determine Patent Eligibility: Before proceeding with the patent application, ensure that your invention is eligible for patent protection. In general, an invention must be novel, non-obvious, and useful to be eligible for a patent. Conduct a prior art search to check if similar inventions already exist and consult with a patent attorney to assess the patentability of your idea. 

2. Choose the Right Type of Patent: There are different types of patents, including utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. Select the appropriate type based on the nature of your invention. Utility patents cover new and useful processes, machines, compositions of matter, or improvements thereof. Design patents protect new, original, and ornamental designs. Plant patents are for new varieties of plants that have been asexually reproduced. 

3. Prepare the Patent Application: The patent application consists of several essential components: 

   a. Description: Provide a detailed and clear written description of your invention, explaining its structure, features, functionality, and potential applications. Use technical language and specific terminology to accurately describe the invention. 

   b. Drawings: Include visual representations (drawings or diagrams) that illustrate the invention’s design, configuration, and functionality. Drawings should complement the written description and provide additional clarity. 

   c. Claims: Claims define the scope of your invention’s protection. They are crucial and must be carefully crafted to cover the essential elements of your invention while avoiding prior art. Working with a patent attorney is highly recommended to draft strong patent claims. 

4. Prepare Formal Documents: Depending on the type of patent and the patent office you’re filing with, there may be additional forms and formal documents required. These can include an inventor declaration, an oath or declaration stating the invention is novel and non-obvious, and other administrative paperwork. 

5. Hire a Patent Attorney: While inventors can file patents themselves (pro se), it is highly recommended to work with a qualified patent attorney. Patent attorneys have expertise in intellectual property law and can guide you through the complex patent process, ensure your application meets the necessary requirements, and maximize the strength and scope of your patent protection. 

6. File the Patent Application: Submit the patent application to the appropriate patent office. In the United States, this is the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If you’re seeking international protection, you can explore options such as the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) or filing directly in specific countries. 

7. Pay the Filing Fee: Patent applications typically require a filing fee, which varies based on the type of patent and the patent office you’re filing with. Be sure to pay the required fee along with your application to avoid delays or rejection. 

8. Wait for Examination: After filing, the patent office will review your application to ensure compliance with all requirements. The examination process can take several months to several years, depending on the backlog and complexity of the application. 

9. Respond to Office Actions: If the patent office issues an office action, it means they have questions or concerns regarding your application. Respond promptly and thoroughly to address any issues and ensure a smooth examination process. 

10. Receive the Patent: If your application is approved, you will be granted a patent for your invention. The patent will specify the scope of protection and the duration of the patent term. 

Remember that patenting can be a complex and time-consuming process, and even small errors can have significant consequences. Engaging a patent attorney from the beginning can help ensure your application is properly prepared and increase your chances of obtaining a strong and enforceable patent for your invention

What InventHelp Can Do  

For any new inventor with no experience in this field, the patent process can be very daunting and off-putting. However, if you have the right support and help, things become far easier when it comes to getting the protection you need into place. 

One of the things that InventHelp can do for you as a new inventor is to refer you to a patent expert with legal expertise and experience to get this side of things sorted out for you. This means you can benefit from peace of mind in the knowledge that you will have proper legal protection in place when it comes to your invention.  

Other Ways in Which InventHelp Can Assist 

Of course, patent protection is just one of the things that you need to do as part of the new invention process. It is very important to go through the process systematically if you want everything to run smoothly, and InventHelp can assist new inventors every step of the way. This means that you have valuable support and guidance from the start to the end of your invention journey, which can prove invaluable. 

There are many other ways in which InventHelp can assist you as a new inventor, and this is why so many newbies decide to turn to this provider for their first invention journey. In this section, we will look at some of the reasons new inventors choose this provider, and the different ways in which InventHelp can assist: 

General Support and Guidance From InventHelp 

One of the ways in which InventHelp can prove invaluable to new inventors, other than assisting with patent protection, is the level of support and guidance offered. For any new inventor, getting started with that all-important first journey can be a challenge. Most have no idea what to do, how to go about the different processes, or even what the key processes are. 

When you have the team at InventHelp on board, you will always have experts on hand to guide you along your journey. Support and guidance is available from the start to the end of your journey, so you will have professional assistance every step of the way. This can make a big positive difference to your experience as a new inventor.  

Assisting with Prototypes From InventHelp 

We know that patent protection is a crucial part of the new invention process, but another important task you have to consider is the creation of a prototype. Many new inventors think that simply talking about their invention idea is enough to generate interest from businesses and even potential investors, but this is not the case. You need to be able to show them something tangible if you want to benefit from the best chances of success. 

With the right prototype, you can do just this – they will be able to see what your invention looks like, what it does, and how it works. This can make a big difference in terms of piquing the interest of third parties. InventHelp has a team of expert designers to help you create the perfect prototype, and this is something that can benefit you hugely.  

Providing Access to Tools and Resources 

It is also worth remembering that InventHelp has been in this business for a long time, and as such, as can provide you with access to a wide range of tools, resources, and information. This is something that can make a positive difference to your first experience, as it enables you to learn more about the process as you go along. 

Your first invention journey should always be a learning curve, and with the right support coupled with access to resources and information, you can make the most of your first journey. This is something that will not only benefit you on your first journey as a new inventor but can also continue to benefit you in the future. 

Access to Database of Companies 

One of the things that a lot of new inventors struggle with is finding companies that are willing to listen to their invention ideas and review their inventions. With no knowledge about the industry, and no connections, it can be difficult for new inventors to know where to start in terms of generating interest in their invention idea. 

The good news is that this is also something that InventHelp can assist with, as they hold a database of companies that are keen to review the invention of ideas of new talent. This database has thousands of companies on it, and it means that you can overcome a huge hurdle as a new inventor, as there is a ready-made database of companies willing to review your idea.  

Marketing Assistance From InventHelp 

As a new inventor, it is all too easy to get caught up in the process and forget about the finer details, such as marketing your invention. This is a very important step if you want to generate more interest in your invention, but many new inventors have no idea where to start when it comes to marketing. If you have no experience or knowledge or modern marketing strategies, it can be extremely difficult to market your invention. 

Luckily, the experts at InventHelp do have knowledge and expertise in this respect, and this means that they can help you when it comes to marketing. They can also help you to create a great pitch ready for when you want to put your idea forward to businesses and potential investors.  

FAQs About InventHelp 

If you are planning to use a provider of new invention services for your first invention experience, it is vital that you do some research to help you to make more informed decisions. This is something that can make a big difference to your first experience, and you should always take as much time as you need to do thorough research into the company.  

One of the easiest ways to find out more about InventHelp is through the frequently asked questions submitted by other new inventors. As a new inventor yourself, the chances are you have the same types of questions as other newbies. So, let’s take a look at some of the common questions that are asked by new inventors about InventHelp: 

Does the Provider Have a Solid Reputation? 

One thing that many new inventors are naturally keen to know is whether InventHelp has a solid reputation when it comes to helping new inventors. Well, the company has been in business since 1984, and the fact that it has been operational for decades is a testament to its reputation. In addition, the provider has offices in 65 cities around the United States and Canada, so it has a wide reach and a strong presence across the nation.  

Of course, if you want to find out more about the reputation of this or any other new invention services provider, you should always carry out independent research. This is something that you can do with ease online, and you can read up on reviews from other new inventors who have already used the services of InventHelp.  

Do They Charge for Services? 

A lot of new inventors are keen to know whether the provider charges for services, and what the fees are. It is important to remember that InventHelp is a business, and this means that they have to charge for their services in order to make money. However, there is not set fee that is charged, as the charges are based on each individual project or case. Once you have discussed your invention idea and requirements with the team, you can get a quote so you know exactly what the cost will be. 

One of the great things about InventHelp is that the provider is very transparent about fees, and this means that you do not have to worry about hidden fees being added later on. The figure you get is the amount you will pay, and you do not sign anything until you have received the figure. You can then make an informed decision with regard to moving forward with InventHelp, and you will know exactly what the cost will be.  

What Is Security and Confidentiality Like? 

It is natural for new inventors to be worried about the security of their own information and the details of their invention idea. No new inventor wants the details of their idea to fall into the wrong hands, so many want to know what security and confidentiality is like at InventHelp.  

The good news is that this provider takes security and confidentiality very seriously, which means greater peace of mind for all new inventors that go through this company. Various protocols are in place, including the signing of confidentiality agreements by those involved with your project, including the companies on the database that might review your invention idea. 

Will the Team Give Opinions on My Invention? 

Most new inventors seek the opinions of others when it comes to their invention idea, and some want to know whether the professionals at InventHelp would be willing to give their opinions. Unfortunately, this is not something that they can do, and it would be classed as unethical for them to do so. 

The best thing for new inventors to do if they want opinions on their idea for an invention is to turn to friends and family members. If you feel that they will just tell you what you want to hear, you could even turn to social media channels and see what your circle of acquaintances thinks. However, you do have to be careful about your idea falling into the wrong hands, so keep this in mind when you are looking for opinions.  

Is Success Guaranteed? 

All new inventors want to achieve success with their invention, and some are under the impression that turning to a company such as InventHelp means that they are guaranteed success. This is not the case, and you should never assume that your invention will be successful just because you have the support and assistance of professionals in place. 

The team at InventHelp is there to support, guide, and assist you. What they cannot do is guarantee your success because there is no guarantee of success. Even the most seasoned inventors are never guaranteed success, so you need to develop a thick skin and keep in mind that you could face rejection and even failure. Of course, you should be positive and confident about your invention, but you should never assume that it will be successful.  

Can InventHelp Get Me Funding? 

Funding is something that many new inventors worry about, as they have no idea how to go about getting potential investors on board. Well, InventHelp does not directly offer funding to new inventors. However, what the team can do is use their connections to hook you up with potential investors who might be interested in providing funding for your invention. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will get funding, but it can be hugely helpful to be connected with those that might be able to help. 

One other thing that the team can do is to help you to create a great pitch, which could potentially improve your chances of getting funding. If you can impress potential investors with your pitch, you stand a much better chance of generating interest among them, so having expert assistance with your pitch can prove invaluable.  

Can The Team Help with Any Type of Invention? 

Some new inventors are unsure whether the team at InventHelp only assists with certain types of inventions or will entertain any new invention ideas. Of course, the best thing to do is to approach the team with your idea to see what they have to say. However, over the decades, InventHelp has assisted inventors with all sorts of ideas ranging from medical and scientific inventions to tech inventions and more. 

So, whatever sort of invention idea you have, it is well worth discussing it with the professionals. Their decades of experience means that they have worked with all sorts of inventions in a wide variety of industries.  

Why Should I Use InventHelp Invention Service Company? 

One very common question from new inventors is why they should use a new inventions company, and what the benefits are. Well, when you use a reputable provider with a solid background and reputation in the field, you can look forward to a host of benefits. This includes: 

  • A high level of support and guidance from the start to the end of your journey 
  • Help with key processes such as patent protection and prototype creation 
  • Access to a database of companies willing to review ideas from new inventors 
  • Assistance with marketing your invention and pitches 
  • Connecting with potential investors 
  • Access to tools and resources to help you learn 

It is also important to keep in mind that there are various personal benefits that come with getting experts on board to assist you as a new inventor. Some of these are:  

  • You can move forward with greater confidence 
  • Your first experience will be far more enriching and educational 
  • You are less likely to give up on your invention idea 
  • The process is far less stressful and far more enjoyable 
  • Having the right support can help you to stay on track 

These are just some of the main benefits that you can look forward to when you turn to the team of professionals at InventHelp. 

Enjoy an Enriching Experience 

As we mentioned earlier in this review, there is never any guarantee of success when it comes to new inventions, and you should never assume that going with a new inventions service provider will ensure success. However, what you can be certain of is a far more enriching and exciting first experience as a new inventor. 

The expertise of the professionals coupled with the high level of support and guidance that they offer will make your first journey far more enjoyable. Going it alone as a new inventor can bring with it a lot of stress and confusion, and people are more likely to give up on their idea when they are under so much stress. However, when you have experts guiding you every step of the way, you can actually enjoy your first experience and learn from it.  

Naturally, you want to ensure you find the ideal provider to assist you, so it is always important to do some independent research into InventHelp or any other provider you are considering using. You can then make the right choices and reap the rewards.  

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