To get a patent, there are several steps that you need to follow. These include determining the kind of intellectual property protection you need, determining if your invention can receive a patent, deciding what kind of patent you want and getting ready to apply. You will also have to submit an application and work with a patent examiner. If everything goes well, you will receive an approval and must then maintain your patent.
To start with, you will need to decide on the kind of protection you need. You may need patents, trademarks, copyrights or service marks. Once you decide what you want, you will need to determine if you can receive a patent. You cannot get a patent if your invention has been disclosed to the public. For this reason, you should make sure to keep your invention private until you receive the patent.
If you can still get a patent, then you should look at the kinds of patents there are and determine which one is right for your product. You may want a design patent, utility patent or another form. When you get ready to apply, you will need to pay fees and prepare the correct paperwork for the application. This is the point when most people begin to work with an attorney. Applying for a patent can be complicated and difficult to do without the help of a professional.
Moving on, you will need to work with an examiner and other professionals, so having a good understanding of patent law is a necessity. Our site has more on what to expect.