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Patent Application Process

Patent applications are filed requests that are submitted to a patent office awaiting a patent on an invention that is claimed by the applicant. The application is a detailed description of the invention which will also include any official documents and correspondence pertaining to the application. The application time is lengthy and will sometimes take up to two years before the application is reviewed and approved for a patent. To learn more about patent applications, read the questions below that have been answered by Experts.

How do I copyright or patent my new beach game that I made?

Generally, the first approach to putting a patent on a product is to search the internet for similar products to determine if there is already a patent on the product or one so similar that yours will require modifications. The search needs to include foreign countries as well to ensure there are no countries that carry a patent. If you cannot find anything that resembles your product or no listing for a patent on your product, you can begin filling out the patent application.

When applying for a patent, you must fill the application out completely and then submit it to the USPTO along with a $500 fee. The application isn't considered easy like filling out an application for work. The application is cumbersome and the person should take their time while filling it out. Rushing through the application may intrude on their ability to protect the patent of the product. The application can be denied by the USPTO for any mistakes made.

Once you have completed the application and submitted it to the USPTO, the hardest part of the patent process begins; waiting. Expect up to a year and a half to two years before the USPTO reviews the patent application. After the application has been reviewed, it could still take up to a year to issue a patent. Hundreds of thousands of patent applications are reviewed yearly but only 44% are actually allowed.

How much will it cost in general to patent a website with special rules and effects for children aimed at protecting the kids?

To patent a website, the protection that protects kids would have to be unique, non-obvious, and never published. If there is already the similar invention on the market, your invention or process cannot be patented.

You could always copyright the website material such as the illustrations and text. However, if the process of protecting the kids is already on the market, you won't be able to patent it.

If there is nothing on the market like this product, you will need to contact a patent agent of an attorney. Either person can draft a patent application. The cost can range from $3,000-$5,000 which doesn't include the fee to register the product which can be as high as $1,000.

How long does it take for a patent to be approved?

The typical wait to patent a product is up to 2 years. To avoid further delays, it is best to have an attorney to assist you to avoid any mistakes. While you are waiting for your patent, you can apply for a provisional patent. This document will provide protection while you are waiting for your patent to be approved. The provisional patent consists of one page. If you are granted a patent, the protection rolls back to the date that you filed the provisional patent.

I need to patent a software application in the US and Canada, do you have an idea about this process?

To patent the software in the US and Canada, you will need the expertise of a USPTO-registered patent attorney or agent located in the Unites States. The attorney or agent can prepare and file your patent application. Before the patent application can be sent in, the attorney will ensure that your product is within the requirements to be patented and conduct a search of any product like yours that already carries a patent. You will need to submit all descriptions and models of your invention to the attorney and be prepared to answer any questions pertaining to the invention. This should ensure that you start out with a strong patent application.

Getting a patent on your invention can be an exciting experience. However, there is a lengthy process involved when trying to patent an invention. There are many things to do and one cannot afford to make mistakes through the process. One mistake may ruin the chance of receiving a patent. If you have questions about the patent application process, you should ask an expert for legal assistance.
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