Requirements for Getting a Patent
People are not allowed to copy, manufacture, selling, or important your own creations without your permission if you have patent protection. You are not only protected from the financial cost and the cost of time in researching and developing it, but also allows you to reap the fullest benefits of that invention or that innovation. It also allows you time to establish you trade and bars others from entering that same pursuit eve if they are financially capable.
Patent is a very valuable tool yet it is not a guarantee to success. Securing a patent can cause you thousands of dollars, and this is the reason why it is important to take some steps to make sure that this is a smart business move. There have been a lot of products with patents which did not ever make it to market.
So before you decide to move forward in patenting your invention, it is crucial to first evaluate your idea if your invention has a viable commercial value. What you need to do is to understand you product, your target market, and similar products in the market. This information goes far beyond your gut feeling and the encouraging comments that you receive from friends and family. A solid market research and attention to product development will give you this understanding.
You product has to be unique, something that is not anything similar to somebody else’s patent. What you can do is conduct a preliminary patent search on government records. When you search these government records make sure you check the keywords for every possible concept of the invention. The other search after the pry-at or keywords search is the freedom to operate search where in look at the protection period of the patent. In this search you will be able to tell if someone has already gotten your idea.
Hiring an expert to help you in the task is much better than doing it all by yourself.
You need to also determine your product’s functionality by developing a basic prototype or model. Here your invention is tested and reworked so that an acceptable model will come out from it.
Once you have the perfect dummy, you can now start to define your market and determine how large that market is. If you product is too small, its commercial viability might not be good.
Next comes determining the cost of manufacturing the product. Determine whether the production cost is less than the price the market is willing to pay for it.
If you have found yourself a commercially viable product, then next decide if you will get a patent for it or not.