Can I patent an invention to prevent it from coming to market?

Yes.

A patent grants the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States.

However, as others have indicated, you only have 20 years before the patent expires so you should plan on creating something for the market or re-applying for a patent so that it doesn’t lapse. Once the patent expires, anybody can sell the item if you haven’t already started to do so.

If you’d like to know more about patents or would like to start the process of obtaining a patent to protect your product, please contact us. We are LawTrades and we specialize in connecting clients with appropriate attorneys for their case. Our patent attorneys are among the most knowledgeable in the field. Check out our website to learn more about our services.