Why You Need a Patent Attorney

Rich Goldstein

Founder & Principal Patent Attorney
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WHY YOU NEED A PATENT ATTORNEY

Why should you use a patent attorney help you protect an idea? You’re probably well aware of the fact that a patent is something that’s important to obtain and you might have even visited the United States patent office website and seen something about what the patent process is.

You probably realize that it’s the type of process that you can’t navigate effectively on your own. There’s a whole series of rules about how the patent application needs to be presented and it’s possible sometimes to get through, those rules and for an individual to really study and really learn how to meet all those requirements and fulfill all those rules and actually get a patent.

But the flip side of it is that the patent that they get probably won’t be worth very much because how a patent is written is critical to how effective it is at protecting the invention. Writing an effective patent application truly takes years of experience. Often disputes over whether something is infringing on a patent comes down to a few words.

While a patent application can be as many as 40 pages or more, the protection the patent offers often comes down to a few very important words. If you don’t know what those words are, and not only what to say, but what not to say, then you can’t effectively get a patent that will protect you.

So, getting a patent on your own, one that really protects you, just isn’t a reality. Anyone who has a project that’s worthwhile, that’s valuable, they go to patent attorneys and, more importantly,  they go to the right patent attorney to make sure that their product is well protected by the patent that they end up getting.

Oftentimes it’s a matter of just steering the ship in the right direction from the beginning. Imagine you’re on a ship and when you leave port, if the ship is just a little bit off course, it may not seem to make much difference.

But, when you get a hundred miles out to sea, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, you’ll be way off from where you want it to go. This is why having a patent attorney involved from the beginning is really important to make sure that everything you’re doing is headed in the right direction.

The way in which a patent attorney can help you protect your idea is by understanding fully what you’re trying to accomplish, understanding fully what your idea is, and then using their experience and their skills to write a patent application that effectively protects your invention.

This way, they can navigate the maze of rules that the patent office has about processing patent applications and about actually securing your patent.

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