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Before You Apply For a Patent

Document Your Invention – While you’re developing your invention and preparing your application for patent, you should keep meticulous records and make certain that they are in a secure location. This could be vital for if there are any future court challenges to your patent.

Make Sure Your Invention Qualifies – Your invention must be new, useful, and not obvious to members of the general public. If you have any concerns about this, you should consult a U.S. patent attorney.

Do a Patent Search – It’s important that you don’t expend time, energy, and money trying to get a patent for something that’s already protected under the law. Patent research can be time-consuming, but it will also save you time and possibly professional embarrassment before the application process. More importantly, even if a similar patent exists, your invention may still be patentable if you modify it to make it significantly different.

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