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Your invention or innovative idea could be a huge payday for you as long as you take steps to protect it. That may mean getting a patent or applying for a trademark which takes skill and experience. If you decide to go the patent or trademark route, you should understand the process and consider getting legal assistance.
You need a patent or trademark to protect your intellectual property, invention, business model, plant or any other thing you have created that may have value. You can protect your idea or invention by submitting a patent or trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Getting a patent or trademark is the only way to be certain that no one can copy your work or make money off your hard work.
Patent and trademark laws in the U.S. are exceedingly complicated, and the process is detailed. Millions of patent and trademark requests are submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but only a fraction are approved. Because there is a high rate of failure for patent applications, every stage is critical, and the slightest mistake can result in a failed application.
If you are planning on applying for a patent you need to do the following:
The above steps sound simple, but some of those steps are more complicated than you think. The patent search alone can take months to conduct especially for someone with no experience. USAttorneys encourages you to speak with a patent lawyer and discuss all the stages of applying for a patent or trademark.
You can conduct your patent search online and visit the location below:
Patent and Trademark Resource Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1400 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68588
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