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How to patent something - 5 Step Guide

    • 7 posts
    May 13, 2012 9:45 AM EDT

    Learn how to patent something from an expert. I have filed over 500 patent applications and have worked for a top 3 patent law firm and enjoy working with inventors and small companies

    There are two (2) methods you can use to learn how to patent something.
    1. Patent it yourself as the inventor
    2. Hire a patent agent or patent attorney (USPTO list of approved agents and attorneys)
    Lets start with the first method (do it yourself).  Under this method you will have to write and file your very own patent application.  The cost for this method is $125 if you are filing a provisional patent application or about $650 if you are filing a non-provisional patent application.

    What is a provisional patent application?  

    A provisional patent application is type of patent application that you can file.  The advantage is that its cheap and easy (only $125) and it lets you use the term "patent pending".  The disadvantage is that it will only last for 12 months and will never turn into a full issued patent unless you either pay more money or file a non-provisional patent application.  Most people start off with a provisional patent application and use that 12 month period to test out their idea.  If things are going good, they will then invest more money into their patent and file a non-provisional patent application.

    How to patent something yourself - Steps:
    Step 1 - Do a basic patent search
    Step 2 - Create some drawings of your idea
    Step 3 - Write a detailed description of how to make an use your idea
    Step 4 - Save your files as pdf documents
    Step 5 - Upload your files to the USPTO website and pay the filing fee
    That's it.  You're done!  After you file your patent application you will be able to say your idea is now "patent pending".   The patent process takes a few years of working with a patent examiner to convince them that your idea is truly new and not-obvious.  If the patent office agrees, then your pending patent application will issue as a granted patent.  A patent will expire 20 years from the time you filed it.
    Method 2 - Hire a patent agent or attorney
    If you don't want to write and file your own patent application, you can hire a registered patent agent or attorney to do this for you.  The advantage here is that you will get a higher quality patent and if you are serious about your idea, this could be very important, especially if you are going to need investors to help you.  A good patent attorney will charge between $1,000 - $7,500 to write a basic patent application.  More complicated ideas can run into $20,000 or more.  
    Alternative Method
    You could also write and file your own patent application but get help from an attorney or agent.  One example of this is which has a template for provisional patent which you can download.  You can use the template to create your own patent application and get help along the way.  

    Registered USPTO patent agent with 11+ years of patent filing experience. Filed over 500 patent applicaiton in many technology areas. Check out my website:

    • 7 posts
    July 6, 2012 4:00 AM EDT

    TimB is correct.  Most countries have a "first to file" patent system where the first one to the patent office will get a patent.   The United States is moving to a "first to file" patent system starting March 2013.  It will be crucial to get your patents filed quickly once this change occurs.  

    Registered USPTO patent agent with 11+ years of patent filing experience. Filed over 500 patent applicaiton in many technology areas. Check out my website:

    • 1 posts
    January 17, 2013 10:14 PM EST

    Do you need help writing your patent application?

    Do you need an error checker in: Language Rules, Drawing Rules, Specification Rules and Reference Numbers in Specification and Drawings in accordance with the USPTO rules? Try out our FREE software: Patomate. Just register at and receive the download link and registration key. 

    Writing a patent application can be difficult and to make sure you protect your invention hire a patent lawyer or IP specialist to help you through the process. 

    • 8 posts
    July 21, 2012 12:24 AM EDT

    It is correct option to get patient in your name. Patient is the assets for some one who register it with its own name or we can say that it is the property of mentioned persons.

    All the people should get its inventions and know for the right things. 

    • 34 posts
    June 20, 2012 6:52 AM EDT

    There are two methods to patent something. One is that you patent it yourself. The other is that you select an agent for the patent. The first one is used to protect yourself and your invention for up to 20 years. Patenting is done by the inventers so that they can make money by selling a license to the company that will produce and market the product.  The second one is used so that you can get patents of higher quality. In most countries, including Canada, it’s a race to be the first to file a patent application for an invention. If another inventor independently developed the same invention and beats you to the patent office you’re likely out of luck.

    • 59 posts
    December 27, 2012 8:00 PM EST

    Getting a patent is a very specific process as working alone on such things may involve missing of some important steps. So hiring an agency or working with an experienced person should be preferred in such cases.


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    • 27 posts
    November 5, 2014 8:42 PM EST
    If you are granted a patent by the USPTO(United States Patent and Trademark Office), your invention is only protected within the United States. But we can actually file a patent that could protect our invention in several countries. We can file a patent in WIPo (World Intellectual Property Organization) through USPTO. WIPO is the agency put up by the United Nations to protect intellectual property in member countries of the United Nations.