If you have recently designed or invented something it is very important that you get your idea patented, but the world of patents can be quite complex and confusing especially if you are not sure where to start.
So exactly what is a patent and what does it actually do? A patent will protect the practicality of a product. It will protect how it works, but it will also protect its application. Once a patent has been awarded, or granted, it gives you the owner the rights to it so others cannot make, import or sell their invention without your prior permission.
So how do you go about obtaining patents for your products? Well the internet is a great place to start your search as there are numerous companies that can help you and give you the specialist advice you will need. Most of the websites will have information about the company that you are dealing with as well as a comprehensive list of services and products that they have on offer. It is easy to find these companies. All you need to do is log on to the internet and enter the word ‘patents’ into an online search engine. You will then be presented with a list of companies that are able to help you patent your ideas.
Once you have obtained your patents you generally have one year to finalise your idea. This gives you the opportunity to test your products in the market place, receive feedback from potential customers, then make any necessary changes and start the process all over again until you are happy with the final product.
It is very important to sort your patents out at a very early stage, because if you don’t and someone else invents and produces something very similar you will not be able to release your ideas. The cost of these patents are negligible, especially when you compare it to how much money your finished product could make you in the future. So make sure your thoughts and ideas get patents at a very early stage to avoid these unnecessary financial losses.
With intellectual property so important nowadays, you need to protect it with patents. Moore IP are a specialist patent attorney with years of experience in protecting fellow innovator’s IP and helping you through the patenting process.