Imagine that you are an inventor and you have recently invented a device that solves a great need that mankind has been struggling with for the longest while. You would want to reap the benefits of being the person that came up with this great invention. But what if you find out that your device has been copied and is being produced by someone else who is now reaping the benefits instead of you? To prevent this from happening and to protect your invention, you need a patent which will grant you sole right to your intellectual property (IP) making it illegal for anyone to create it, use it or sell it without your permission.
Dealing with patents can be tricky. The initial process of applying for a patent is a very lengthy process which requires the assistance of someone who knows the ins and the outs of the patent business. By having such a person at your side, you can save a lot of time and money, whether you are applying for your patent or are defending your rights to a product for which you have already received a patent. The person that you need is a patent specialist.
A patent specialist can be a patent agent or a patent attorney. This is the person who has patent knowledge, experience and expertise and fully understands the rules and regulations that surround patents. Some people make the mistake of applying for a patent without the assistance of a patent specialist. That mistake could prove to be a very grave mistake which could result in the rejection of your patent application, leaving your invention at the mercy of your competitors.
The main task of a specialist in patent services is to make sure that your intellectual property is protected. Basically, the patent specialist that you hire to protect your IP will be working with you for approximately 20 years because his job is not finished once you have obtained the patent. Since that most patents are valid for 20 years, you will need your patent specialist by your side just in case someone does end up violating your patent. Off course, you do not need to stick to one patent specialist but it would be advisable to do so.
Some of the tasks of a patents specialist are:
1. Filling in all necessary forms and documents
2. Contacting the patent office in your country
3. Submit your patent application
4. Follow up and work out any issues that may arise while your patent is being processed. You can expect that there will be issues. These issues will be made known to you by a patent examiner. These issues will explain to you the grounds upon which your application can be rejected and will need to be corrected, modified or justified by your patent specialist.
5. Drafts and negotiates the patent agreements
One of the most crucial steps in obtaining your patent is making sure that you select the right patent attorney. In fact, your patent will only be as good the patent specialist that is handling your case.
Here are a few tips to help you to select the right patent specialist.
1. It is advisable to hire a patent specialist who is also an engineer as both skills are needed for a good patent document to be constructed.
2. The engineer background of your specialist should relate to the file of your invention.
3. Find out as much as you can about how long the patent agent has practiced patent law, how many patents applications he has submitted, for what kinds of inventions and how many of those patents have been granted.
4. Request a quotation for all costs related for his services in advance. If the specialist cannot give you a quotation for all costs in advance, you may want to consider another one because you do not want to be surprised with unexpected costs.
5. Choose a specialist who you feel fully understands your invention and its purpose.
It is also important that you educate yourself about the patent process in your country so that you can understand as much as you can. This will help you to better work with your patent specialist to protect your intellectual property. At the end of the day, the objective is to protect your idea and your invention so it is of utter important that you are able to follow the entire process so that you can correct anything that does not please you during the process.
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