If you have invented a new product. Now what do you do with it? One of the most important question before us, how to protect yourself from others stealing your invention? Your first and most important step is to get your invention patented. What is a patent? Very importantly, a patent is an exclusive right to the inventor's property that excludes others from manufacturing, reproducing, and selling your invention for a set period of time. In order to patent an invention you should first determine the type of patent you may be issued. This is very important for developing your invention and comparing it to similar inventions found during your patent research. Design patents, utility patents and plant patents are three types of patents, these have great significance for patenting an invention.
How to patent an invention
Utility patents, that cover processes and machines, usually last for twenty years. Design patents, that are self-explanatory, generally last fourteen years, and a plant patent, which is for an inventor generally lasts seventeen years. When you apply for a patent, you just contact the Patent Office and get the compulsory application. There are fees, you should pay when you submit your application to patent office and apply for your patent, and they are fairly costly. So, you should be serious about your invention before you proceed further with it. You will get a patent for your product means words for that you have submitted a patent application. As soon as your patent application is sent to the Patent Office, it will be carefully examined by them.
If your invention passes all conditions, and your invention is an original creation and, you have paid the compulsory fees for all patents, then your patent will be granted. But, on the other hand, if the Patent Office finds similarities in your invention versus an already patented invention, you may be required to change your invention.