Requirements for Getting a Patent
Patent protection gives you the right to stop others from copying, manufacturing, selling or importing a novelty without your permission. 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.
It might be very useful to patent your creations yet it is not the main thing that will make you successful. So, before pouring out your money in securing a patent, you need to take some steps to make sure that this business move is a smart one. This is because most patented products do not even make it to market.
One thing to do before you decide to have your invention patented, is to determine is commercial value if it is viable or not. 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.
Make sure that you idea does not infringe on somebody else’s patent. Government records can be searched in order to find out if there is a patent for a similar product. The primary goal of the search starts with a pry-at search also known as keyword search where you pry on every possible pivotal concepts of the invention. Then after the pry-at search, the freedoms to operate search which has something to do with the protection period of the patent. This step will help ensure that your idea has not already been patented.
if you need someone to help you in the task, you can hire an expert to do so.
Next is to develop a basic prototype or a model to determine your product’s functionality. Here your invention is tested and reworked so that an acceptable model will come out from it.
If you now have a perfect model, you can start to define you market and determine how much large the market is. If it is too small, your product may not be commercially viable.
The cost of manufacturing consequently must be determined. Determine whether the production cost is less than the price the market is willing to pay for it.
Once all these are determined, there are no roadblocks to commercial success, then it is time to consider whether or not you need a patent for it or not.
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