The world we live in provides opportunities for inventing and developing new ideas and businesses all the time. Because technology is evolving, there are more chances than ever to potentially patent a new product. Every day tons of new products, services, and ideas are created. The only way to stay ahead of the competition is to apply for a patent sooner rather than later if you have an invention. Going through the proper patent process gives you the right to make, use or sell your product offering. The role of patent attorneys is to walk you through the process of the patent application and prevent and defend patent infringement. A patent attorney will protect what is rightfully yours.
How can a patent attorney help me?
The patent attorneys at Beard, St. Clair and Gaffney can help you through the patent application process. Once your patent has been approved, a patent attorney is beneficial for enforcing laws if patent prosecution is needed. There is a lot of technical knowledge and skill that are beneficial when applying to the United States Patent and Trademark Office or USPTO. Attorneys stay up to date on the most current procedures and have an in-depth knowledge of patent law that the inventor likely will not have.
When should I call a patent attorney?
If you have an idea that you are confident in and passionate about, you will want to protect this as soon as possible. Any useful and new idea can be patented and it’s basically a race to whoever can get it in proper writing first. You know what they say, “the early bird gets the worm.”
Obtaining a patent requires money. When someone is in the position to be investing in a patent or patent attorney, they generally have spent the money they do have on start-up costs or haven’t earned much income yet. Because of that, separate organizations will sometimes bankroll the process if they can benefit from the invention in an agreed upon way. If you are in search of a patent and cannot afford the process, it may be a good idea to sell to someone who can get the idea in motion.
What information does a patent attorney need?
If a Beard, St. Clair, Gaffney attorney is helping you with the patent application process, they will need some basic information. Our attorneys will request exactly what they need in your specific case, but the following are the basic requirements:
- Names of inventors
- How and when it was developed
- Current status
- Details about the invention
- How it qualifies for a patent
- Must be patentable (not an abstract idea)
- Must be a new invention
- Must be useful and marketable
A patent attorney is meant to help make the process easier, so don’t worry if you don’t quite have all of your invention affairs in order. They can help you locate the proper documentation and ask the right questions to help you put into words the important information about your invention.
Why should I choose Beard, St. Clair, Gaffney?
The team at Beard, St. Clair, Gaffney has years of experience in patent law. Our attorneys are passionate about this area of expertise and want to make it possible for creators and inventors to produce new and useful ideas and bring them to fruition. Our office has been around for over 60 years, and has a strong reputation as a prominent Idaho law firm.