For most people, patent law reads like tax law– meaning, not very easily. Law in general is full of terms and references that the average person has no context for. Trying to navigate that world on your own, for something as high stakes as a lucrative invention, is very risky. It’s no wonder that a lot of the do it yourself patent applications get rejected.
Starting out on the right foot is key to success, especially when it comes to inventions. Don’t waste time and risk losing out on your ideas by trying to file for a patent yourself. There’s a reason why professionals, like patent lawyers, exist. Whether you want a second set of eyes, or someone to complete the application process for you, contact a Scottsdale patent lawyer.
When filing a patent application, the following are common mistakes to avoid.
Not Doing A Prior Art Search
One of the first steps when filing a patent is doing a previous search of patents and artwork. This step is critical to establishing patent validity. If you skip this step, you put yourself in jeopardy of wasting time and money because someone else might already own a patent on a similar idea. While it may be possible to do on your own, a patent lawyer and patent office will have access to a much larger database.
Forgetting To Include The Drawing
Including a drawing or blueprint for your patent application is in most cases necessary. Even if you aren’t an artist, it’s important to make sure you provide something accurate, detailed and that meets all the requirements. Failure to do so will result in delay or denial of your application. Not only that, but submitting something vague can potentially cause problems in the future in regards to lawsuits and patent validity.
Filing A Patent Application On Your Own
It is possible to file on your own and there’s no law that says you can’t, but it’s not recommended. Far too many mistakes happen when people file on their own. Applications are long and have strict requirements making it easy for an inexperienced person to make critical mistakes. Do it yourself applications are the most likely to be rejected or denied. Even if you’re skilled and informed enough to have your application approved, it’s highly probable you didn’t cover all your bases and left yourself vulnerable in certain areas
Why You Should Hire A Patent Lawyer
First, it’s important to know that working with a patent lawyer is better than doing it all yourself. On the flip side, working with a bad lawyer is more costly and a bigger waste of time than doing it yourself. Make sure you take the time to find a qualified and experienced patent lawyer to help you with your application. They are familiar with the process and have the proper tools to ensure your success. Investing in a good patent lawyer will no doubt pay off in the end.