Sure thing. The steps are as follows:
(1) Secure an in depth prior art search from a reputable patent
attorney (this is likely the most important step because it will tell you if your idea is patentable);
(2) Use an attorney to file your application;
(3) Do not let someone talk you into filing a provision application - go ahead and file the non-provisional and get it over with;
(4) The patent will include a brief description of the invention
, a detailed description of the invention, claims (like the metes and bounds of a property deed) and drawings (which should also be done by a professional);
(5) Once filed, the Patent Office will issue what is termed an office action which will entail what problems they see (they have to justify their existence);
(6) Your patent attorney will respond (have about three months to respond); and
(7) You typically will have an answer within about 18 months of filing the application, however, you can make, use and sell the invention in public after the application is filed.
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