The process outlined below will help you take your innovation from an idea to a patent. The initial patent application preparation process is merely the beginning of a 2-4 year journey. The below guide relies on information available from the USPTO website (www.uspto.gov). Browsing these resources will make the patent application process much more understandable.
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Determine the type of IP protection that you need
Determine if your invention is patentable
What kind of patent do you need?
Get ready to apply
Prepare and submit your initial application
Work with your examiner
Receive your approval
Maintain your patent