To obtain a patent, your invention needs to be novel (a new idea). The best way to determine if your invention is novel is to conduct a patent search. A free patent search, of issued patents and published patent applications, can be conducted through the USPTO’s website.
Additionally, patent professionals, such as registered patent agents and patent attorneys, can conduct wider patent searches through patent databases. These patent searches will include patents from around the world. An average low cost law firm charges $1000-$1500 to perform a patent search.
A good patent agent or attorney will draft the patent application to insure that there is a lot of emphasis placed on the differences between any prior art that has come up that is similar to your own invention design. This will insure that the patent is more likely to process since the differences are evident by anyone that may be looking at and approving the patent application as explained on https://www.youtube.com/user/inventhelp.
In addition to this, the patent attorney should also draw a long term, very easy to follow and complete history of the product or services history. This is important because it needs to show why the invention is not the next logical step in the creation of the product.
The evolution of the existing product being natural causes a problem for patentability since the product must be a non obvious product or service. A logical advancement of a current product is an obvious step.
With the help of your patent attorney, the drafting of your patent application should be done with care. They can find potential problems and work to find solutions for them, too. Patent laws are very specific about patentability and should be.
Skipping a patent search, not investing in a professional patent attorney or otherwise not getting that final draft that is perfect could cost you your patent outright. This is an important part of the process of protecting your invention and therefore your ideas. Find more great tips about patents and patenting from https://www.tmcnet.com/topics/articles/2020/03/24/444881-everything-need-know-inventhelp.htm.