Protecting an invention with a patent is an important investment. Free and low cost patent services may jeopardize your invention. The motto “You get what you pay for” is true, especially when protecting a potentially valuable invention. To fully protect your invention, it is important that several important areas are adequately addressed.
Contrary to common sense, an inventor must disclose everything about their invention to the USPTO. Anything kept secret from the USPTO will not be included in a granted patent. It is thus vitally important to fully disclose all information about your invention, including its background, its features, its improvements, and other aspects.
One good way to do this is the keep an invention notebook. Write all of your ideas in a notebook, making sure to sign and date each page. A good invention notebook has consecutively numbered pages and does not allow the removal or insertion of pages. Be sure to write about each and every modification of your invention that you can think of.
Be sure to include drawings of your invention- a picture is worth a thousand words, and you will eventually need to include drawings of your invention with your patent application. Include brief descriptions referring specifically to your invention.
While it is important to keep the features of your invention secret before filing a patent application, it is a good idea to have a witness, such as a trusted co-worker, a family member, or a close friend, sign and date your invention notebook. The witness should have an understanding of what your invention discloses. Don’t show others your inventions. Public display of your invention, before filing a patent application, can later be used against the validity of your invention as you can read from https://spacecoastdaily.com/2020/03/inventhelp-the-way-forward-for-new-inventors/.
Once you believe you have a new invention, prepare an invention disclosure report. An invention disclosure report summarizes the findings in your invention notebook. Outline each aspect of your invention explaining how to make and use your invention. This invention disclosure report will be used to write a first draft of your patent application.