THE INVENTOR

For your immediate protection write a description of your invention and make some
sketches to clearly show its features. Sign and date every sheet of paper. Also, have two
people whom you trust, and who understand your invention and what you have written,
read your description and write on every sheet of paper "I have read and I understand
this paper" and then they should sign and date their statements. This establishes the
date of your invention. Also keep all written or documentary evidence, such as receipts,
photos with processing dates, or letters, which predate the signed papers.

Providing that you have not used your invention in public, published a description, or
offered it for sale more than a year before (those actions kill any chance of a patent
application one year after they occur), the next step is a patent search to verify that no
patent already exists on the features of your invention. A search can usually be
performed from the information on the written description suggested above. Search
results are usually available from this office within a month after the advanced fee is

Whether you use this office or not, definitely use only a Registered Patent Attorney or a
Registered Patent Agent.  
DO NOT use any "idea marketing" companies and do not sign any contracts for
arrangements to sell your product. No one can know whether your idea is marketable
until you first know if it is really your idea, that is, whether someone else has a patent on
it. If you pay money for marketing the idea and it is not your idea, you are simply out that
money. If a patent search shows the idea is new, there is time to discuss marketing later.
Keep in mind that "idea marketing" companies never find a previous patent -- even if
there are many of them.

A patent costs a lot of money, thousands of dollars, and takes between one and two
years to issue. Most of that cost has to be paid even if the U.S. Patent Office refuses to
issue the patent, so you really want an honest evaluation of your chances for a patent
before you apply for one. That is what a good patent searcher should give you.

Feel free to call this office if you have any questions about patents.
There is no charge for calls of reasonable length.
(888) 7MY- IDEA
[(888) 769 - 4332]
(888) 7MY- IDEA
[(888) 769 - 4332]