Today the stiff competition is witnessed almost in every area of specialization. Whether it is in the business industry, formal work set up or in different places, stiff competition exists. Therefore, if you have an idea or invention which you have come up with or about to come up with, you should patent your right so that you protect your idea from someone else to steal it. Patenting an idea is not an easy thing, this is because it requires one to follow some steps to patent your idea or invention fully. This article discusses the guidelines on how to fully protect your idea or invention.
Patent searching is the first thing to do if you want to protect your idea or invention from being stolen. Before you file a patent application, it is compulsory that you do a patent search. By doing a patent search, it will be known if the idea you want to protect had already been patented with someone else. All ideas and inventions which already are patented cannot be patent again by the same person or a different person. Therefore, it is a compulsory requirement that before anyone files a patent application to protect his or her idea or invention, he or she must carry out a patent search. This will help you avoid being accused of infringement.
The second step to follow when filing a patent application is developing the concept. In this step one will have to develop the unique feature which will make his or her idea different from others. The patent will not protect the whole concept, but only the unique method which makes the concept carries the overall idea. For instance, it is impossible to patent a hedge trimmer, but you can patent the motor or the blade arrangement which make your hedge trimmer unique.
The third step to follow when filing a patent application is patent drafting. You should draft your patent after confirming that no one else has ever patented your idea before, and after knowing that your idea is unique. So, when drafting your patent, you will have to hire a patent attorney to make the process legal as it is required.
The last step which comes after patent drafting is patent filing. The patent filing is should be done by the same patent attorney who drafts the application, this is to ensure that everything is good and perfect, this is to be done via post to the patent filing office or online through the website of the same office. The application is made on the registered patent filing office. Once the filing has been done, the applicant is given 12 months to expand the application out to other countries, by doing this the person will achieve the international patent protection.