Many of us have bright ideas for inventions. However, we are often unsure if our invention is similar to what has been patented by someone else, how to patent a new invention and/or how to sell a patent.
By going to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you can perform an online search using keywords to describe your invention. The site also offers information on how to file a new patent, the required fees, drawings, and/or paperwork needed, plus much more. The US Patent and Trademark Office also offers a search page to find a patent attorney or agent in your area if you don’t want to patent it yourself.
Although a patent attorney could cost several thousands of dollars, it may be money well spent. The information on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) site although thorough, proves the requirements to file a patent is very exacting. Some money can be saved by carefully reading all of the information on the United States Patent and Trademark Office site so if you do hire a patent attorney, you will be an informed consumer.
Anytime you are visiting a patent attorney or agent, it may save time and money by having all of your paperwork in order.