What Can the Inventor Do To Protect an Invention?

Although a patent provides strong legal rights to the inventor, patents are not invincible. They may later be challenged through various legal methods. Obtaining the best and strongest possible patent protection requires effort on the part of an inventor. Fortunately, there are patent agencies, such as Invent Help, that will ensure that. The worth and strength of a patent can be increased by following these guidelines:

1. Keep accurate written and/or photographic records of the development of all inventions from the initial conception of the idea through each stage of development and ultimate commercialization.

2. Have all of your development records witnessed, dated, and signed by two trustworthy individuals who understand the invention.

3. Gather together all technical information, literature, and documentation relevant to the invention, whether or not the information is public, and make an initial determination of the advancement the invention represents.

4. Determine if the invention represents an advancement worth protecting.

5. Do not offer the invention for sale prior to filing a patent application.

6. Do not publish articles describing your invention prior to filing a patent application.

7. Do not publicly use or disclose to others your invention prior to filing a patent application unless the disclosure falls under a confidentiality agreement.

8. If the decision is made to pursue patent protection for the invention, assist your patent attorney in preparing a patent application by providing all the useful information available relating to the invention and any relevant references related to the invention.

9. Actively follow the progress of the patent application and assist your patent attorney by pointing out how your invention differs from, and provides better results than, the prior patents and references which the Patent and Trademark Office may rely on in refusing to grant a patent.

10. Promptly inform your patent agency, like InventHelp, or an attorney of any changes or modifications which are made to the invention.

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