Should You Patent Or Trademark Your Idea?

Should you patent or trademark your idea or invention? At first when you are inventing things and coming up with ideas, getting a patent may not come to mind at first. Since you’ve got a great idea, product, service, process, business etc… And you want to put it out there for all the world to see. Then you’ve got to ensure that nobody else uses it or claims your idea. So therefore, you go & get a patent or trademark.

In case you didn’t know a patent is a type of copyright granted from the federal government as a fixed-term monopoly to an inventor to prevent others from copying an invention or improvement to a product or process.

So what are you working on or trying to invent? Many people come up with all sorts ideas and inventions. So if you feel like what you’re trying to invent or working on is going to be something simply different or revolutionary, why not seek ways to get a patent?

When you file for a regular patent or trademark usually means that you’ve done your research, you’ve got your plans & invention together & you know that your product will sell, earn profits or be of some use on the market. If you aren’t sure about how well your product will do on the market then file a provisional patent. Filing a provisional patent gives an inventor time to fine-tune their product to meet the requirements of customers and the market. This still gives you ( the inventor) protection against your competitors. If you can’t do it on your own then seek the help of a patent or trademark attorney.

Some people invent products to make money, change things etc… Some people don’t seem to realize that getting a patent can give their ideas or invention some protection. Depending on what you’re working on, you don’t want too many people to know about your idea until it’s finished or you have a patent for it. Because so many people steal inventions & ideas. Even when you do have a trademark or patent, some people will still try to copy & create knock-offs, similar products to yours. So whomever is the first to get their patent approved then they would be considered to be the 1st inventor or creator of said product. If you disagree & you feel like you were the first to invent a certain product or idea, you can always challenge that person in court or through the USA patent/ trademark office.

That’s why you have to be careful about who you tell your ideas to & who you let help you. Depending on your idea, product or service, getting a patent or trademark for it could be highly important. If you need outsourced manufacturing, buyers or a license, it’s good to have a trademark or patent. Some manufacturers won’t help you if you don’t have a patent, trademark or if you haven’t applied for one. That’s something to think about. Sometimes for certain products, if you don’t get a patent & someone creates the same or similar product to yours, it could be hard to tell who the original creator is. Situations like that can create many legal battles. That’s something that you should try to avoid. Check out the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):http://www.uspto.gov/

If you strongly believe that you have a good idea to patent or trademark, then file your papers with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): http://www.uspto.gov/ . But first do research on the pros & cons of filing a patent or trademark. Also do research to make sure no one else has a patent for your idea. Then file your papers to protect your invention.

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