Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Obtaining a Patent and other Invention topics.
To patent a new invention, you'll first need to determine if the product or idea you've developed and invented is worthy of the protection. There are some things that simply cannot receive patent protection even if they are novel. First, we'll cover the types of patents:
Finally, design patents last for 14 years while utility and plant patents last for 20 years. There are many websites that offer free information on how to patent an idea including Inventhelp.com and uspto.gov. You can also find library resources on the subject. Obtaining a patent can be tricky and time consuming so you'll want to learn all you can before you start.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|