How to apply for a patent in the US

How to apply for a patent in the US

For people who do not have a lot of exposure to patent law or the patenting system but have an invention that they would like to patent. This is a stepwise approach on how to apply for a patent in the US.

Intellectual Property Rights- Should I file for provisional patent myself?

Intellectual Property Rights- Should I file for provisional patent myself?

If the goal is to get a patent, you risk losing intellectual property rights while only realizing a nominal savings by using LegalZoom. You will probably need an agent or attorney eventually anyways, so it is best to engage one at the beginning of the process.

Invention in an Envelope

Invention in an Envelope

Up until March 16, 2013, the US was the lone holdout for the first-to-invent system. Prior to that, it was tribal knowledge that if you invented something, you could write down a description of the invention, put it in an envelope, mail it back to yourself, and hang on to that sealed envelope as proof that you were the true inventor. OK- it takes a lot more than that to actually own intellectual property rights, but it was a good start and it actually had legal effect.