It is necessary to be aware of the fact that in most instances, the inventor of an invention will receive a patent first. This patent gives the inventor exclusive rights to the product, process or technology and for anyone to come close to performing what the inventor has done would violate this law. Because of this, many innovators tend to seek protection of their idea or invention from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If this protection is not obtained then other people or businesses may be able to come up with an idea similar to yours and file for a patent. Thus it is important for you as the inventor to ensure that your invention meets the standards set forth by the USPTO.
One of the first steps in the invention process involves a patent search. This search will determine if there are already other patents listed on the USPTO website related to your invention. By determining whether there are other patents listed, you can begin to refine and review your idea. After this patent search, if it is determined that a patent can be obtained then it is recommended that you contact the USPTO. The USPTO is an excellent source for all of your patent search information.
Once you have all of the necessary information regarding your invention and you have decided on a strategy to go through the patent process, you should also take time to generate a plan for the production of your invention. In many instances, inventors say gibbs when referring to the invention process. However, “gibbs” actually refers to a drawing or prototype. In order to create a quality prototype, you must draw out your invention in detail using a drafting program such as the Adobe Systems Incorporated Software sketchbook.