How to Get an Invention Patented

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Create a prototype or working model of your invention. Keep all working blueprints and pictures for the invention so you can submit them to the USPTO.

Search online or contact a patent lawyer to determine if your invention is unique and new. Patent offices offer online databases of pending and current patents. Although the USPTO review board will decide if your invention is original and worthy of the patent, performing research beforehand can save you time and processing fees if your invention has already been patented.

File the online provisional application with the USPTO office (see Resources). The provisional application will provide you with a preliminary security of your rights to complete the invention, if needed. After provisional application status has been granted, the USPTO will send you a final application.

File your final application and turn in processing fees, pictures and other documents pertaining to the invention. The final disposition can take more than one year to finalize, depending on the amount of patents. The documents will be stored in their system in case another inventor infringes on your patent rights. Wait for the USPTO to finalize the decision and send you a follow-up letter. If the patent is accepted, you will have successfully obtained an invention patent.



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Helen Jody Lin has been writing since 2009. She has written screenplays, produced short films and worked in entertainment marketing. Her work has been published in campaigns for Fanscape, a digital media marketing agency. Lin has a thorough knowledge of broad topics such as fitness and extreme sports. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in radio-television-film.

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