An invention is a specific or novelty device, technique, composition or method. The invention process is usually a continuous process throughout the entire manufacturing and product development procedure. It could be an evolution of a previously existing process or invention or a novel way of producing an item or a useful result from previously existing materials. Patent law protects inventors against competitors and others that may come up with similar or competing ideas but do not infringe. It allows a person to protect his investment by ensuring that no other entity can duplicate or derive benefit from the invention.
Generally, the protection provided by patents is given to protect trade secrets, or special characteristics of original inventions. It is also granted for limited periods, thereby protecting the innovation for a period determined by the patent office. It has been viewed as a way of encouraging innovations by guaranteeing an exclusive economic right to the inventor or his invention. Such ideas should therefore be valued and protected, in order to encourage the flow of new ideas and innovation.
In addition, some nations require that inventions should be patented before they are put to use. However, in some cases, the innovator must first submit the invention to the patent office and wait for the decision of the patenting authority. There is another category of inventor who get to keep the benefits of their invention free, while others have to share them with the rest of the population through grants. These grants, or non-provisional patents, are made available for research and other purposes that further the public interest.
When an invention is patented, it ensures that only a single individual or institution can legally make, use and sell the product or technology. This patent ensures the legal right of the inventor, as well as the right of the people who have come forward to take advantage of the invention. The owner of the patent, often a government agency or a private organization, can make money on the sale of patents and the revenues from compulsory licenses. In order to make sure that inventions are not copied and exploited by others, and to defend the interests of original inventors, patents must cover important distinctions. They should not limit competitors or prevent affordable products or services from being introduced into the market.
Many different patent lawyers provide their services across the US and Canada. Some specialize in patent drafting, while others handle the patent filing process. A good patent attorney should be able to work closely with you to develop an appropriate invention concept that fits your business needs. While working together, you should ensure that all aspects of your invention are taken into consideration, including the scope of the invention, the potential to market it legally, the time it will take to bring it to market, any potential barriers to market entry, and how to protect your inventions from lawsuits. While working together, you should also establish a working relationship to foster communication and to maximize the chances of success. A good patent attorney will be able to give you advice on your invention concept and help you build a patent application that will be accepted by the US Patent Office.
The US Patent Office will examine your invention to determine whether it infringes or does not infringe the patent rights of others. To determine whether there are competing patent applications that may limit your ability to protect your invention, you must analyze the relative technical character of your invention and those of your competitor’s invention. If your invention does not carry out the “essential features” necessary to meet the competition’s invention, then your claim for protection will fail. One of the important factors determining the scope of your invention is the prior art, which refers to previously published publications or prior art references that contain information pertinent to your invention. The US Patent Office examiners look for prior art in addition to patentable subject matter that is unique and not obvious in view of what others have done previously.