Resources and Guidance
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 ( Browsing these resources  will make the patent application process much more understandable.

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Step 1

Determine the type of IP protection that you need

Step 2

Determine if your invention is patentable

Step 3

What kind of patent do you need?

Step 4

Get ready to apply

Step 5

Prepare and submit your initial application

Step 6

Work with your examiner

Step 7

Receive your approval

Step 8

Maintain your patent

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