The first step in protecting your invention is to determine if it’s eligible for patent protection. While most inventions are, there are some that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) doesn’t allow. To check if your invention qualifies for patent protection, visit the USPTO’s eligibility page.
Your invention must be new and useful, which means it can’t be an obvious variation on something already patented or in use by someone else. It also can’t be a mere copy of another invention. In other words, there must be something different or unique about it that makes it stand apart from what already exists on the market or in common knowledge among skilled artisans or knowledgeable lay people. If you’re not sure whether your idea is novel enough to be patented, consult with professional invention and patent services, such as Invent Help agency, to find out whether you have a strong enough concept to warrant the effort and cost of applying for patent protection.
In addition to being novel and useful, an invention must also be not obvious — that is, someone skilled in the art of making things wouldn’t have been able to come up with it without having been told about it before (which means no posting about your idea online before filing for a patent). If your idea isn’t new enough or doesn’t seem to be useful enough to attract a patent, you may want to reconsider whether it’s worth investing your time and money in it.
If you’re still interested in pursuing patent protection after doing some research, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll go about applying. You can hire a patent agency, like Invent Help to help you with the process of applying for a patent. You can also do some preliminary research to make sure that your idea is strong enough to be patented and then file on your own. If you decide to go with InventHelp, they’ll help you write an application and submit it for review by the USPTO.