You can patent an invention in the U.S. if it meets the following criteria:
The invention is a new, useful and nonobvious process, machine or manufacture.
It has not been described in a printed publication anywhere in the world before you applied for your patent.
The invention is not known to have existed in public use or on sale in this country more than one year before you filed your U.S. patent application or made your invention public (if you did not file a patent application).
If you want to patent your idea and make money from it, talk with a patent attorney or an agency, like InventHelp, as soon as possible so that they can help you avoid these common mistakes:
Not having a written description of your invention, including drawings if needed.
Failing to name an inventor who contributed significantly to the invention, who will be eligible for compensation if there is commercial success with the product that resulted from his/her work on it or her efforts at promoting it commercially once it’s patented and marketed by others without their permission (for example, if he/she had been hired as an employee but never received any compensation).
Failing to make sure that the invention has not already been patented by another inventor, especially if it’s a very common type of product or one that was recently invented and marketed.
Not having a prototype or model of the invention ready for market review when soliciting interest from potential investors.
Hire A Patent Agency For Help
If you’re not sure if a patent is the best route for your invention, or if it’s more important to get your product on the market as soon as possible rather than worrying about legal protections, then consider hiring a patent agency, such as Invent Help. These companies will help you determine if your product is viable and worth pursuing. They’ll also help you navigate the often complicated process of obtaining a patent and marketing it successfully.