If you have an idea for an invention that you feel could hold some value, it is important that you patent your idea in order to protect your ownership rights to it. Navigating the patent-application process can be challenging, but working with a patent agent can be a simple way to ensure that you are able to meet all the requirements set forth by the United States Patent and Trademark Office when it comes to filing for ownership of an idea or invention.
Here are three things that a patent agent can do to help facilitate the filing process on your behalf.
1. A patent agent can help you discover existing patents that are similar to your idea.
Before you can file a patent application successfully, you need to ensure that your idea is original. This requires you to conduct an in-depth search of existing patents for any inventions or ideas that are similar to your own.
Since the average person doesn't know how to go about conducting this type of a search, having the help of a patent agent can be extremely beneficial. A patent agent will comb through the many patents that have been issued or are pending to determine whether your idea has enough originality to warrant the filing of an application. This will help you save time and money when it comes to protecting your idea.
2. A patent agent can help with drawings.
Patent applications must contain detailed drawings of each part of your invention or idea. Without accurate drawings, it is possible that some elements of your invention or idea will not be protected under your patent application.
Patent agents come into the legal field with extensive technical and scientific backgrounds. These backgrounds enable them to work with you to fully disclose the unique elements of your idea or invention through the drawings that you will include in your patent application.
3. A patent agent can protect your interests in court.
If you discover that another individual is infringing on your rights of ownership once your patent application has been submitted, a patent agent can protect your interests in a court of law.
Patent agents have completed law school and passed the bar exam in the state in which they practice, but they must also pass an additional test administered through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This additional certification makes a patent agent uniquely qualified to litigate cases involving patent rights.
Understanding the benefits that a patent agent can provide will help motivate you to work with these professionals when dealing with your own patents in the future.