Patent Applications – Your First Patent Filing

Bill Creen asked:

So people have commented: “What a neat idea – you should patent that!”. And you know you should, right ? I know you’re wondering exactly how to get started…. So read on.

The first critically important step is easy, but must be done immediately. As they say: Time is of the essence. I know you’ve seen innovative new products in the stores or on TV, and realized that y-o-u had that very idea . . . but never ACTED on it ! But now it’s your turn to beat everyone else to the punch, and you are ready to act, aren’t you?

What you need to do – before anything else – is to prepare a provisional patent application. This could take as little as an hour, if you know what you’re doing. It gets your ‘foot in the door’ so to speak, when filed with and accepted by the Untied States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Attorneys and patent agents would likely charge you many hundreds, or even thousands of dollars to prepare these documents — but you can do it yourself, and SAVE big.

When properly completed, submitted, and accepted, you will be rewarded with the following benefits:

- Others cannot patent the same idea or invention for one year : buying you valuable time.

- You’ll then have a strong bargaining position with potential investors, manufacturers, or licensees.

- Twelve months during which you can further develop, manufacture, or seek backers or licensees.

- The right to use ‘Patent Pending’ with this item: notifying others that you’ve protected this idea.

- You can show and promote your project without the fear of it being copied or ‘stolen.’

I do not recommend that an inexperienced inventor prepares the final patent application … this requires far more expertise than does the ‘provisional’ application. It’s a whole different animal!

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