Here are some general tips:
- Filing a provisional patent application is easier, cheaper and faster than filing a utility patent application. It’s a route that allows you to to buy some time (a year), to develop and market your idea. We’ve helped entrepreneurs file 100’s of these.
- The first step you need to take is to perform a patent search. This will tell you whether your idea has already received patent protection. Start here with search. You’ll also want to search the database. You may find inventions that are similar to your own, but not necessarily the same. You must look for the differences and the features that make your invention unique. Those distinctions are going to strengthen your application, so make sure you’re able to describe those differences thoroughly, specifically and clearly. (side note – this is what patent attorneys are really good at!)
- The USPTO offers a ton of information about a broad range of topics including what information is required, how it should be presented, what the specification and drawings should look like, and a host of other important information.
Hope this helped you a bit. Stop byfor a free, no-obligation price quote from a skilled patent attorney to help you with your patent application. Also, feel free to message me directly to chat further about any other IP questions that you have.