Obtaining Your Patent

The first step in obtaining your patent is the creation of a Disclosure Document. Simply fill out the form yourself in black ink, bring it to be notarized, make copies, and keep in your records. This gives you protection while working towards your patent. The Disclosure document is not a patent application and will not become the effective filing date of any patent.

A patentability search is needed to determine if similar patented inventions exist. Conducting this search is an important tool in patent protection. This will determine your ability to continue on to step 3 of your patent journey. Without this search you may be unable to receive your patent due to identical patented inventions and patent infringements. You can learn more about patent search from this post too.

Option A: Filing a Provisional Patent

This type of Patent application is the most cost effective option. You are able to write and file this on your own. A Provisional Patent application gives you Patent Pending status, so that you can contact companies and try to sell or license your patent within a one-year time period. The advantage of a Provisional Patent is that the fee for processing with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is only $100. The disadvantage is that it only lasts for a one-year time period.

Option B: Filing a Non-Provisional Patent

With this option, you can receive a patent term of 20 years. In order to file this type of patent you will need the services of a Patent Agent or Attorney. Patent Agent and Attorney fees are approximately two thousand to six thousand dollars for an average patent application as you can read from this review The filing fee for the government is approximately $500. Although the cost is greater, the term is longer.