Considerations to Get a Patent
Patent protection gives you the right to stop others from copying, manufacturing, selling or importing a novelty without your permission. With this you are also protected from the financial cost and the cost of time that you have invested and developed it, and it allows you to reap the fullest benefits of what you have invented or innovated. It also allows you time to establish you trade and bars others from entering that same pursuit eve if they are financially capable.
Patent is a very valuable tool yet it is not a guarantee to success. Securing a patent can cause you thousands of dollars, and this is the reason why it is important to take some steps to make sure that this is a smart business move. There have been a lot of products with patents which did not ever make it to market.
One thing to do before you decide to have your invention patented, is to determine is commercial value if it is viable or not. To help you do that, you have to understand your product, your target market and what other products are available that is serving the same market. Somehow the information you get here goes far beyond your gut feeling and the encouraging words given by your family and friends. You have to gain this understanding from a solid market research and a substantial attention to product development.
Make sure that you idea does not infringe on somebody else’s patent. Government records can be searched in order to find out if there is a patent for a similar product. Your goal in this search is to pry or to check the keywords where you pry on every possible pivotal concepts of the invention. The other search after the pry-at or keywords search is the freedom to operate search where in look at the protection period of the patent. In this search you will be able to tell if someone has already gotten your idea.
if you need someone to help you in the task, you can hire an expert to do so.
You need to also determine your product’s functionality by developing a basic prototype or model. Here your invention is tested and reworked so that an acceptable model will come out from it.
Now you can define your market and determine how large it is after making a perfect dummy. If it is too small, your product may not be commercially viable.
Next comes determining the cost of manufacturing the product. The production cost should definitely be less than what the market is willing to pay for it.
If you have found yourself a commercially viable product, then next decide if you will get a patent for it or not.
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