Bringing a new invention into the world is an exciting, creative process that can take up a lot of your energy and attention. The last thing you want is for someone else to steal that valuable intellectual property! Protecting your IP is just as important as protecting any other valuable piece of property. Navigating the USPTO patent system is no easy feat, though. You'll need some expert help. That's where Cad Crowd's patenting services come in.
Patents, of course, protect your invention from infringement. But they can also be a great asset when it comes to presenting your product to investors, or when approaching retailers or manufacturers about product licensing agreements. Patents offer a degree of reassurance and stability that translates to lower risk for investment partners and demonstrates that your product has been well developed.
Our network of expert U.S patent attorneys is available to help you along every step of the patent application process. Use our website to learn everything you need to know about the various types of patents, and to get a sense of how the process works. When you are ready to file a patent application, we'll provide you with a free quote for the services you need. We also provide information on current USPTO patent filing fees.From patent searches to provisional applications through to the prosecution of the non-provisional utility patent, we'll connect you with the expertise you need to navigate the USPTO system.
Patents have a long history in the Western world, stretching back at least 600 years. Their primary purpose is to act as an incentive for inventors and innovators to share their ideas with their contemporaries. In exchange for helping the community advance technologically, patents are given which grant the patentee exclusive rights to benefiting from their innovation for a set period of time, thereby providing them with an economic advantage in exchange for sharing their knowledge.
In the United States, patents are granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Each patent is a grant of security or protection for a new design or invention. Usually, this lasts for a term of 14 to 20 years, although, because of laws changing over time, patents issued at different dates will have different terms. This gives owners the right to stop others from creating, using or marketing their invention without proper permission.
Unlike copyrights, which are granted automatically, it is up to the inventor whether or not they wish to seek patent protection. Inventors must apply for a patent, and there are certain requirements which must be met. For utility patents (the kind which protect new inventions), those requirements are:
Patents are very valuable for inventors or entrepreneurs who hope to make money from their ideas. Whether licensing your product or marketing it yourself, it's important to protect your intellectual property.
If there are two or more people involved in the creation of an invention or new product design, the law requires that all those involved in the creation must apply for the patent as joint inventors. Once a patent is filed, inventors have the right to designate their product 'patent pending' until the patenting prosecution is resolved. This is to inform the public, investors, or potential thieves that a patent may be forthcoming, and that they may be liable for damages if they infringe upon it.
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When applying for a patent, inventors are required to provide a patent drawing of the new invention. The patent drawing illustrates every feature of the invention which warrants a patent claim and is a vital element of a patent application. Patent drawings become part of the official record, setting a precedent that can be referred to in case of future intellectual property disputes. The requirements relating to patent drawings are strict and require expert oversight. It is highly recommended to employ the services of highly qualified and skilled patent drafters to make your drawings so that your application is not rejected on a technicality.
Cad Crowd patent drafters can help inventors illustrate their patent drawings according to the requirements of the USPTO. Avoid common mistakes with professional patent drawings that showcase the functional aspects of your invention properly, and keep the patent examiners happy.
A patent search is the process of examining all prior patents and other relevant publications to ensure that the invention is eligible for patent protection. Even if there is no patent for the invention already on file, any previous publication of the invention or anything sufficiently similar would result in a patent claim being rejected. This includes publications by the inventor or by anyone else, with some limitations.
A patent search can save you time and money spent trying to patent an invention that is not patentable. Patent searches are therefore an essential first step in the patenting process. We recommend that you do your own preliminary patent search, and then take advantage of our patenting services for a professional search from a qualified patent attorney.
Only a patent professional can effectively execute a patent search. Hundreds of thousands of patents are filed every year in the United States alone. Navigating the massive USPTO database requires knowledge of patent terminology and experience in the use of the database itself. It's much better to invest in a rigorous and reliable patent search than to waste time and money submitting an application that is unpatentable.
Patent searches are essential for all manner of patents, whether design patent application or utility patent application. With our patent search service, the work of sifting through the vast collection of prior patents is handled by experienced professionals.
Utility patents are the most common type of patents and are issued for novel and useful machines/objects or processes. Utility patents cover technology, mechanics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals or software. The holder of a utility patent is generally given a 20-year term which grants them exclusive rights to the invention.
Utility patent applications tend to be more expensive than design patent applications. This is because utility patents offer a more rigorous kind of intellectual property protection. Utility patents protect the functional aspect of your invention rather than the visual characteristics, and several variations of a product may be protected by a single patent. This makes it more difficult to legally replicate the design or to create knock-offs or imitations, thus guaranteeing your invention a unique space in the market.
Utility patents are the main category of patents. They are what actually protect your invention, and prevent other firms from copying it. This is also the primary patent that investors or potential licensees will be interested in seeing when evaluating whether to sign on to your project.
Design patents are a less common type of patent application and are unique to the United States. Design patents are issued for an original aesthetic design that permits the owner to prohibit others from making, using, or selling the design for a duration of fourteen years from the date on which the patent is granted. In other words, design patents protect the look of your product, rather than the invention itself.
Design patents differ from utility patents in that they cover not the function of an invention, but the look, shape, or pattern. Design patents are used to protect brand imaging and presentation, rather than operational or mechanical details covered by a utility patent.
Often, it is best to file for both utility patents design patents simultaneously. Use our patenting service to get expert help along every step of the patenting process. Get a quote now, and our legal contractors and patent lawyers will get you the protection you need.
Our patenting services are part of our complete range of product design and development solutions for inventors and entrepreneurs. Cad Crowd is dedicated to helping new product developers with everything from prototyping to production to patenting. Once you've got the patent, you're ready to start making things! Take advantage of our network of leading CAD designers, drafters, and 3D animators. We also offer manufacturing and prototyping services to help you get it made. Let us know about your project, and we'll connect you with the expertise you need to succeed!