A patent is any idea or claim for a thing which an individual claims to invent. Patents don’t guarantee you’ll get anything, they just give you an opportunity to develop a product based on your idea. A patent can be granted to anyone, and you can have 10 patents if you want. The most common reason people ask is that their invention isn’t in good enough shape to get a patent.
How do you get a patent?
You must apply to all US Patent and Trademark Offices in which you intend to apply to, and to be granted a patent and register a copyright, and then you must be notified of the date and the terms of the patent application. The application is not considered to be granted until the patent has been granted and registered. Then you get a written confirmation of your application. After being notified, it can take two years before you can get your first patent.
You don’t actually have to work hard to apply for a patent. It’s generally a good idea to get an idea up and running as soon as you have it – you will need a good idea if you are trying to make money from your invention.
What happens after you get a patent?
Once you have a patent, you have a right to work on your invention as a private business. You can sell the patents or copyright them but all you can do is develop the invention, test it and get it in use. Only after all the tests are finished and you’ve had the invention used in good and reliable fashion can you apply to the Patent Office for registration. To qualify for registration you need to demonstrate that your invention is a good one for something we can offer.
Is patenting a crime?
Pending the USPTO grant of a patent, patenting is just the formalization of a patent application. There is no crime in using and making use of a patent. So, if your idea has a good business plan then registering it doesn’t make a lot of sense. In fact, it could be illegal. To qualify as the owner of a patent, all you need is to identify yourself as having a right to use the concept, test it and get it accepted by all the relevant offices.
You can buy a patent from an American company, or an American company can make the patent itself under US law. If you buy a patent from an European company, or a German company, you are not entitled to register it in your own country, but