Patents are some of the most authoritative government protections for intellectual property. When you come up with a new concept, new chemical formula or new production process, you can patent your research or your new products.
When you have a patent, you can prevent others from using your concept for financial benefit. You may have spent years researching a new chemical compound or fine-tuning a groundbreaking piece of machinery, and you will need a patent to protect the investment you’ve already made.
Although most people have heard a story of an inventor who filed their own patent request, the average business seeking to protect its intellectual property will likely benefit from bringing in legal assistance during the patent prosecution process. Why is outside legal help so common?
You can focus on what you do best
After already investing countless hours to develop an idea worth patenting, you don’t want to waste more time learning about the patent prosecution process and handling paperwork. Unless you qualify for an expedited application under special programs, you can expect a delay of between 18 and 24 months before the United States Patent and Trademark Office even starts reviewing your application.
Patent paperwork can be complex, and small mistakes or omissions could be the difference between successful patent prosecution and a denial notice. While it is always possible to reapply, it will take longer and cost more than getting it right the first time.
Connecting with the right legal assistance will make it much easier to secure a patent and protect your company’s investment in its intellectual property.