Why you need expert help for patent search?
Posted: Nov 26, 2016
As a professional business owner, you know how frustrating and expensive it is to lose your patent rights. Surprisingly, many businesses lose their patent rights because they made any one or two avoidable mistakes. Following a few rules and hiring a professional with good experience in patent drafting and the patent search can help you enjoy these rights. At the same time, it will help you maintain the value of your patent assets.
According to patent search experts, the following rules can help you in protecting your patent -
Keep a proper documentation
It is imperative to properly document and record the creation of each invention. A proper documentation on how, when and by whom an invention was created can be valuable. The documentation will help if there is any dispute about ownership of the invention. If you are an inventor, make sure you periodically make notes as the invention is developed.
Make sure of confidentiality agreements
Prepare a confidentiality agreement before you are disclosing a new idea, product or an invention to a prospective investor, client or a supplier. Make sure it is executed properly. This will help in maintaining confidentiality of your idea, product or invention.Carry a preliminary patent search
Before you start investing your crucial time and money in a new product or invention, it is important to scope out the field of the invention to make sure there are no potentially conflicting patents blocking the development of the invention. In order to patent an invention, it is important it should be new and have utility. Taking assistance of a professional working in patent industry will be of great help. They will ensure the search is conducted properly in order to prevent any kind of dispute.
A professional patent search conducted by experts will give you a good idea where you stand. They will make ideal search plans and figure out what aspects of your invention need to be searched and which do not. This kind of search also helps in determining your competitors’ patent advantage. You will come to know which technologies and patents your competitors own. This information will help you to prevent legal disputes. And at the same time, it will help you identify gaps in your process and decide where to channel your research and development resources.
So now you know what rules you should follow to keep your invention protected and avoid legal disputes.
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