Intellectual Property:

Getting a Patent

In order to get a patent, you must first determine whether your invention is patentable. The idea must be useful, novelty and not obvious. If your idea is able to patented, search online to make sure it does not already exist. Lastly, you must file for a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

To obtain a patent, you must file a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This application can be complex, and may require the assistance of an intellectual property attorney. There are two types of applications--a non-provisional patent application and a provisional patent application. To contact an intellectual property lawyer about the application process and obtaining a patent, fill out the free case review form on the right.