How do I apply for a patent in the US?

The application process for a patent in the US involves several steps. Here are all those steps.

  • Search for Patent Office
  • Your first task is to decide which country you want to protect your invention. If you are going to protect your invention in the US, you can file a patent application through USPTO. USTOP is the governing body in the US for all your intellectual property protection requirements.

  • Hire a Patent Attorney
  • The application process for a patent in the US is complicated. Hiring a patent attorney is decisive. They make the entire process simple and complete various formalities on behalf of you.

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  • Determine the Type of Patent
  • The next thing that you should consider is the type of patent that you need to get for your invention. Whether you need a Design, Utility, or Plant patent depends on the type of invention you have. Your patent attorney will guide you in choosing the proper patent.

  • Type of Utility Patent Application
  • There are two types of Utility Patent Application – Provisional and Non-provisional Patent Application. It is important to determine what type of patent application you should file. This step is necessary because it gives you complete protection against someone who claims they got the idea before you invented it. Your patent attorney can help to you take this decision.

  • Details for your Application
  • Your application needs some vital details, including background, description, abstract, and more. You can describe the complete legal scope of a patent.

  • Complete your Formal Application
  • To avoid any error, you need to check your application thoroughly and complete it. You also need to complete a set of required forms and pay fee for the patent office to process your application. A small error in your application may let it face rejection.

  • Participate in the Final Patent Process
  • You will get a patent examiner exclusively for you. You need to respond to queries or requests by them quickly. Besides, if you have appointed an attorney for your case, the patent examiner will communicate with your attorney.



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