In these six videos you’ll learn what you need to know about the patent process to protect your valuable idea.

Getting a patent is a great and important way to protect your big idea and invention. This will allow you to exclude others who infringe on your invention in the marketplace. But getting a patent can be complicated, and there are important steps to take even before you submit your application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

We’ll outline for you the entire patent process and give you some tips and tricks that will set you up for the greatest possibility of success in actually getting to the patent finish line. This guides you through a series of videos we have recorded to help you along as you look to get a patent for your big idea. 

1. Before You Start a Patent Project

Getting a patent is a process. In this introductory video, in this 6 part series, patent attorney Richard Goldstein addresses the patent process for individual inventors with ideas, and outlines the different kinds of patent protection that are available.

There are different types of patents and it can be important to know which one is right for you and your invention, and which one will provide the most comprehensive protection. It can also be really important to make sure your invention is even patentable in the first place, as there are some concepts and inventions that are not patentable for one reason or another. 

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2. Two Criteria for Patentability

Before your idea or invention can be eligible for a patent, it must meet two important criteria. In this second video, in this 6 part series, Rich discusses these criteria and how to determine if a patent is appropriate for you.

The first criteria is your invention must be patentable subject matter. This means it must fall into one of the four criteria established in patent law: be a machine, manufacture, composition of matter, or process. The second criteria is distinctiveness. This means your invention must be unique from anything else that already exists. 

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3. Is Your Idea Novel and Non-Obvious?

You already know that to patent something, it needs to be different. But how different does it have to be to qualify for a patent? In this third video, Rich discusses the basic criteria for patentability.

In general, for an idea to be novel it must not be in the marketplace already. But it also must not be an idea that is obvious to those of ordinary skill within the same field as your ideas. This means if your idea is simply a small change to an existing idea, it probably will not meet the non-obvious requirement. 

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4. Finding the Best Prior Art

Is your idea already “out there”? What is the best way to find out if what you have has already been patented, or how different it is from things that have been patented before? In this fourth video, Rich explains how and where to find the best prior art. Prior art is basically any evidence that your idea is already known in public. 

It is all information available to the public in any type of format before your patent application is filed. This means checking databases for what prior art relates to your idea is incredibly important to do before you submit your application. This stage is when it can be especially vital to consult a patent attorney who has experience conducting these searches and can make sure to cover all the bases. 

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5. The Patent Process

Once you know that you are ready to apply for a patent, what is the process for obtaining a Utility Patent? In this fifth video, Rich describes in detail the steps from filing the application to the granting of the patent, and what happens if the application is rejected. It is very important to write out your patent application in a comprehensive manner and in the style that the Patent Office will more likely accept. 

By drafting a thorough application up front, you can avoid substantial back and forth interactions with the examining attorney from the Patent Office before your application is approved. This can cut out time between when your application is filed and when you receive approval. 

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6. Common Questions Prior to Working with Us

Most of our clients have many concerns related to patenting in common. Have an idea but don’t know what to do next? Wondering if a patent is worth the time and effort? Wondering if and when to hire a patent attorney?

We have found that many of our clients have similar concerns, so we want to make sure your concerns are addressed. In this last video, Rich addresses the most common concerns our clients have expressed to us about the patent process. Find out if it’s a match for us to work together. We want to make sure you feel comfortable and are set up for success in your patent process. 



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