Filing for A Business Product or Process Patent

Registering Patent Rights for Business Product or Process.

You can register a patent for your business product if you have created something new. Patents are reserved for a product that is a novel, new product or has been brought about with a substantial change in an existing product concept. A patent can be filed for the new product, process or machine. You can also obtain a utility payment which protects your right to that convention for 20 years from the date of filing. A design patent on the original ornamental design for manufactured items gives you 14 years of protection.

It may take a long time for either of these patents to come through and be officially registered but in the meantime you can file a provisional application that puts you in the queue, just in case someone else comes up with the same idea after you. You can file for a provisional utility payment online but the provisional design payment has to be done through postal mail.

As already mentioned, in order to get the patent on your product or process it needs to be new. It cannot have been used in this country for more than a year or be described in any print publication anywhere in the world. It cannot also be obvious modification of another to adopt such as change of size or color. Only the inventor of the product can apply for a patent unless and until he is dead or mentally incapable.

Application for a design patent is fairly simple whereas one for utility patent is complicated and might take longer to acquire. The application for utility payment has to be accompanied by detailed drawings, multiple views and technical information. The amount of paperwork and documentation that needs to be submitted for the utility patent is also more extensive than that for a design patent.

As with trademark registration, the assistance and guidance of an experienced patent attorney is highly advisable. Such a professional will be able to guide you through the process and make sure that you do not miss out on any crucial issue that might endanger your intellectual business property in the future.

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