So, you’ve just thought of a great idea! You have a new product in your mind and want to launch it to the world. But first, you worry, you may need a patent to protect your rights to exclusivity. How do you even begin to start trying to get one of those? You look up the process for a patent application, and all of a sudden, you’re overwhelmed with everything it entails. Fortunately, there are people who can help you. That’s right! Patent attorneys are here to help. Now, you might be wondering, “What do patent attorneys do, and why would they care about my invention succeeding or not?” Keep reading to find out.
What Is a Patent Attorney?
A patent attorney is a lawyer that’s an expert in intellectual property law, specifically on how to secure and protect an inventor’s property rights. Not only do patent attorneys have to pass the state bar exam like other lawyers, but they also must pass the patent bar exam. These qualifications allow them a license to represent clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Ultimately, a patent attorney’s goal is to help their client, the inventor, get a patent granted for a valuable, unique, non-obvious invention. Patents secure certain benefits, such as the ability to limit competition (to prevent someone from using the same invention for profit).
Not only do patent attorneys have to be lawyers, but they also have to double as scientists. To be a patent attorney, you must also hold a degree in a scientific or engineering field. There is a significant technical component to being a patent attorney. The patent attorney must clearly understand their client’s invention to describe it in writing in a patent application adequately. This application must fully explain how their client’s invention works, how it is different from other inventions, and effectively prove that it’s worthy of patent protection.
Talented patent attorneys have extensive legal and technical skills to guide their clients through the patenting process, ultimately advancing their client’s business.
Why Should a Patent Attorney Want Their Client to Succeed?
To be an effective patent attorney, one must become involved in their client’s business. In applying for a patent, patent attorneys support inventions that could mean notable change for their clients. A patent attorney needs to go beyond understanding their client’s invention and dig deep into how this invention will affect their client’s company overall. Truly prioritizing their client’s overall success will not only provide a higher probability of the patent attorney getting hired again for future projects, but it also provides a deep sense of personal satisfaction to see new ideas come into being to benefit the world.
Why Should You Get a Patent?
From a business perspective, there’s strength in restricting others from replicating your idea. While no attorney can guarantee you will get a patent when you apply, if you find the right patent attorney, they will be a true partner making efforts toward your success.
At Custom Technologies, we’re all inventors at heart. We care about innovative spirit and entrepreneurial drive. We believe in protecting our intellectual property, and you should too. As a turnkey manufacturer, we support the success of all types of inventors and are here to say that we welcome all inventors looking for a place to make their dream a reality. And, as it turns out, we have an in-house patent attorney on our team too! We understand the business side of protecting intellectual property and are open to discussing your project and providing a legal referral for you. Contact us today with any questions about our services or our facility!