There exist a lot of competition in the different line of the profession today. Whether it is in the business industry, formal work set up or in different places, stiff competition exists. So, if you have a new idea or want to come up with a new invention, you should patent your idea or invention so that no one else could use your idea to come up with a new thing in the market. Protecting an idea or invention from other people to steal or use is not that easy, it requires one to follow few some steps to protect his or her idea or invention fully. This article discusses the guidelines on how to fully protect your idea or invention.
Patent searching is the first thing to do if you want to protect your idea or invention from being stolen. Patent searching is important before filing a patent application. By doing a patent search, it will be known if the idea you want to protect had already been patented with someone else. Any idea which is already patented cannot be patent again by anyone else. For that reason before you file a patent application you should do a patent search. This will aid one from being accused of infringement.
The next step to follow is the development of the concept. In this step one will have to develop the unique feature which will make his or her idea different from others. The patents do not protect the overall concept but only the unique method which makes the concept carries out the overall idea. For instance, it is impossible to patent a hedge trimmer, but you can patent the motor or the blade arrangement which make your hedge trimmer unique.
The third step to follow when filing a patent application is patent drafting. After you are sure that your idea is unique, you should then draft the patent before proceeding to patent application. Therefore, after confirming that all are good, you will have to hire a patent lawyer to complete the procedure and make it official as per the requirement of the law.
The last step which comes after patent drafting is patent filing. This is done by through post or online and must also be done by the patent lawyer to ensure that everything is done correctly. The application is made on the registered patent filing office. After filing the application, the applicant will have 12 months to expand out the application to other countries so as to achieve international patent protection.