Idea Patent Services & Support

What is a patent?

A patent is a grant made by the government that gives the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time. In the U.S, a patent generally lasts 20 years from the date you first applied for the patent. There are three types of patents: Utility, Design, and Plant. Utility patents are the most common. They are granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or compositions of matter. Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.

How to obtain a patent

The patent process ranges from research to filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The role of the USPTO is to protect inventors by issuing patents and registering trademarks. First research must be done to determine if there is already a patent for a similar idea. If the invention has already been made or described in any publication throughout the world a patent cannot be issued. There are several databases that must be investigated. Your patent maybe denied if there is a similar one already. It may need to be refined or differentiated prior to filing. That’s why it’s important to have an invention company supporting you throughout the patent process to answer questions that could end up saving you time and money. We provide the support needed to help the inventor protect and manage his or her intellectual property by obtaining a patent with the USPTO.  This is critical to make sure you receive credit for your idea and so no one else can use it or profit from it. We are familiar with USPTO patent services and can assist you in the process to make sure it is done correctly.