When you have an idea for an invention that you consider to be worthy of a patent, it is important for you to understand the process. You need to ensure that you are filing for the patent application properly, because it can be a complicated process and it is possible to have it rejected.
In addition, there are different patent application forms for a different type of invention. It is also important for you to act quickly so that you do not lose your rights to the product, if it is patented by someone else.
The first thing for you to determine is if it is possible to receive a patent for your product. In order for a utility patent to be given, it must be for a useful, new and nonobvious product. It must also fall under one of the available categories, which include process, machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter or an improvement on any of those items (Source: http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/patents.jsp).
Research should be done before filing the patent application. This would include determining the marketability of the product, as well as the ability to patent it as a unique item. Research will also need to be done to determine if there are other patents that exist, which would cover the idea as well. Only one patent may exist for any product.
It is possible to file a patent on the USPTO website. You can also send in the patent application via fax or mail but you cannot email the application. Although the patent may be filed relatively quickly, it may take several years before the patent is granted.
Consider getting professional help during the process. It can be difficult to fill out the paperwork and you would want to ensure that it was done properly, to limit the possibility that it was rejected (Source: http://www.innovate-design.com/applying-for-protection-of-my-invention/).
Even after you file your paperwork, the process is far from over. It is likely that you will receive a non-final rejection, after which you will need to amend the concept of your product or argue the rejection. Even if you receive a final rejection, it is still possible for you to argue the decision.
Although submitting invention ideas and receiving a patent may be a lengthy process, it is one that is well worth it. It helps to protect your idea, both during the time that the product is being developed and when it is ready to take to market. When an inventor creates a great product or idea they should receive credit for it because developing a new product or idea takes time and a long process.
For example, many claimed that Thomas Edison wasn’t the first person to invent the lightbulb because electric lighting existed for at least fifty years before his time. Although that may be true, Thomas Edison was able to manipulate the electric light for practical uses. Recognising an inventor’s work is important to credit the amount of time they have put into developing a new product that can help improve our daily lifestyle.