Do you have a unique idea or invention? If you have thought of, or even created something brand new, you should consider protecting it with a patent. By doing so, you can protect your best interests for your idea – not only now but well into the future. So who should get one?

If you are considering a patent for your idea or invention, ask yourself this – Would you ever want to…

  • Open opportunities up to earn money from your idea or invention?
  • Increase your competitive advantage?
  • Help prevent conflicts with your idea or invention?
  • Have evidence in a conflict, legal or otherwise?
  • Have a sound basis for entering into sales and licensing agreements with others?
  • Make your business more attractive to partners and investors?

These are some of the top reasons people and/or companies apply for patents. However, there are many more.

Who can apply?

Basically anyone with a qualified idea or invention can apply for a patent – as long as they are the inventor or person to whom the inventor has assigned. There are a few exceptions:

If the inventor is deceased, the application may be made by legal representatives.

If the inventor is legally incapacitated, the application may be made by legal representatives.

Certain citizens of foreign countries are required to apply in their home country before applying in the United States.

Did you know more than one person can hold the same patent?

If two or more persons make an invention jointly, they can apply for a patent as joint inventors. However, a person who makes only a financial contribution is not considered a joint inventor and cannot be joined in the application as an inventor.

Don’t apply if…

Do you work for the U.S. Patent office? If so, you’re out of luck. Officers and employees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office are prohibited by law from applying for a patent or acquiring, directly or indirectly, except by inheritance or bequest, any patent or any right or interest in any patent.

According to the law, the inventor or a person to whom the inventor has assigned or is under an obligation to assign the invention, may apply for a patent, with certain exceptions.

Bottom line? If you have an idea or invention that you want to protect from others exploiting or profiting from it, you should consider yourself a perfect candidate for getting a patent.

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Patent Law is Complicated. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian have extensive experience in patent matters. We’ve helped clients obtain numerous patents, including more difficult categories such as software, electronics, and the mechanical arts. We have obtained numerous patents in the United States and throughout the world. In addition, we have litigated patent cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in District Courts throughout the United States.

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Whether you are at the initial starting stage, or trying to protect and enforce what you’ve already have, we can help patent and protect your idea or invention. Reach out to us today. We will quickly set up a time when you can speak to an experienced patent attorney.