How to Protect an Idea or Invention

If you are creative enough to think about an idea of an invention or you have been working to invent something, you should get protection for it so that no other person can copy it from you. It is not very difficult to protect you idea of invention from copy cats. All you need is a little time to register your idea by filing for patent protection by which you can prevent anyone from copying it for at least 20 years. You can learn to protect your idea or invention by following the given steps.


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    First of all, you have to make sure that your idea or invention is unique to be registered. You may have to do a lot of research to find out that whether any person has already registered something an invention which is similar to your idea. The best way to do it is to go to the USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) website where you can find all the ideas or inventions which have already been registered. You must have a complete understanding about your invention in order to search for it.

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    It is extremely important for you to ensure that your invention is ‘useful’ for the people. If it doesn’t fulfil the criteria of usefulness, you cannot claim it to be an invention as it is just an abstract idea or a theory which is not practicable. In addition, your invention should be tangible so as to qualify for patent protection.

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    Your invention has to be ‘non-obvious’ as the patent protection is only granted to those who have incorporated something creative in your idea which can be useful for the people or any other process.

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    You must make the designs and prototypes of your invention to get the necessary patent protection for your invention. You cannot get the protection for an anything which is only in your mind.

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    There are a lot of attorneys who only handle the case of patent protections. You can take help from an acknowledged attorney regarding the protection for your idea or invention. However, you should know that the fees of the attorneys are too high.

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    You may have to defend your idea or invention before a committee which will give the final verdict to grant you patent protection. So, you must be able to answer anything about your invention at any time.

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